Episcopal School of Acadiana is seeking a dynamic and engaging math teacher to teach sixth and seventh grade math. The conviction of the Math Department at ESA is that one learns mathematics best through understanding and practice. There must be a proper balance between theory, practice, and application. The student must be actively involved in learning. An environment that allows the student maximum participation in discovery is essential. It is important that the student be significantly challenged according to his intellectual ability and maturity.
Sixth grade is the year when students begin to apply the basic skills they learned in elementary school to mathematical concepts. This course focuses on understanding math as a concept rather than as a set of numbers and formulae to be memorized. Sixth grade focuses on rational numbers, diving heavily into fractions and decimals at the beginning along with integers and ending with the equation and graphing skills and other skills they will need in seventh grade.
The seventh grade math course focuses heavily on equations. Students start the year by gaining a deep understanding of integers, decimals, and order of operations. As the year progresses, students use these skills along with basic algebraic properties to solve equations and other types of mathematical problems. Students will gain a deep understanding of directly proportional relationships and apply this proportional reasoning to topics such as percentages, geometry, and early algebra skills.
The Algebra I curriculum places an emphasis on conceptual understanding and algebra as a means of representation as a tool for problem solving. Manipulative skills, while essential, are a means, not an end. Topics in Algebra I include linear equations and inequalities, systems of open sentences, absolute value equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, linear, quadratic and exponential functions, polynomials and rational expressions, irrational numbers and radicals.
The ideal candidate will engage students in a variety of ways to engender enthusiasm for the lessons, and he/she will embrace the idea of experiential learning.
A Bachelor’s degree is required, and a Master’s degree or higher is preferred. ESA is accepting resumes from new teachers, but 3 or more years teaching experience is also a preference.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
ESA is an independent PK3-12th grade school serving students from the seven-parish area of south Louisiana known as Acadiana. Our Lafayette Campus houses grades PK3 through 5, with a state-of-the-art classroom facility and an Enrichment Center that hosts art, music, language, technology, science, the library, and the learning center, as well as administrative offices. The Cade Campus, home to 6th through 12th grades, is a 100-acre rural site that once operated as a sugar mill. ESA’s academic program is recognized statewide, regionally, and nationally, and ESA alumni succeed in colleges and careers around the world.