Greensboro Day School’s mission is to develop the intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal foundations students need to become constructive contributors to the world.
Upper School Life Sciences Teacher
Upper School Director
Greensboro Day School teachers are responsible for providing students with developmentally appropriate, engaging learning experiences. Lessons should be aligned with the department and/or division curriculum and expectations. Teachers model lifelong learning by remaining current with leading edge, student-centered pedagogy and content. They are responsible for the physical, social, and emotional well-being of students.
The science teacher promotes the development of scientific practices, cross-cutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas across a range of topics/disciplines. They will teach students foundational science skills and develop critical thinking, encouraging curiosity and exploration.
Teach up to 5 sections of science in one or two specialties: Biology (including AP), Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Environmental Science.
Teach, demonstrate, and explain basic skills and knowledge related to the Next Generation Science Standards through varied activities and by example
Plan and execute lessons, using varied methods of instruction and assessment, that are in accordance with the School’s mission, diversity Statement, educational philosophy, and departmental curriculum and competencies
Ensure appropriate accommodations and modifications are made for the growth and development of students in accordance with the Student Accommodations policy in the GDS Family Handbook.
Collaborate regularly with colleagues to ensure curricular alignment and consistent delivery of content and assessment.
Maintain existing curriculum maps and/or syllabi and develop new ones in collaboration with division directors, department chairs, colleagues and/or consultants as needed as part of the curriculum review cycle.
Incorporate a variety of laboratory experiences into instruction, taking advantage of the resources available
Demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment by actively seeking meaningful community connections for experiential learning opportunities within and outside the classroom
Integrate appropriate technology and other effective resources and methods into teaching practices and student learning activities.
Provide a safe, nurturing, caring educational environment in which every student sees the teacher as an ally and accessible advisor in the student’s quest to succeed.
Communicate with and respond to parents’ questions and concerns in an effective and timely manner through a variety of means (email and telephone).
Professional Growth and Development Program focusing on Planning and Preparation, Instruction, Classroom Environment, and Professional Responsibilities (Danielson Framework) as outlined in the Employee Handbook
Contributes to the life of the school through the completion of assigned duties and attendance at school events (examples include lunch supervision, extra academic help for students, carpool, clubs, admission events, advising, activities periods, arts and athletic events, field trips – day and overnight, assemblies, budget review and preparation, and bus duty)
Teach or Co-Teach a course during Winter Term.
Co-lead Science Olympiad
Serving as a role model through active participation in leadership opportunities in professional organizations
Reading professional publications and maintaining professional learning networks
Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of School
B.A. degree required/ Masters. degree preferred in Science or related field
Minimum of three years of teaching experience is required.
Passion for teaching and understanding of and respect for students’ individual learning styles
Passion for personal and professional growth as an Upper School teacher
Solid organization, communication, and writing skills
Excellent classroom management skills
Proficient in the use of technology as a classroom tool
Requisite certification in teaching area
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to Greensboro Day School’s mission
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Sense of humor is appreciated
Daily work requires supervising students both indoors and outdoors. Faculty are required to participate in regular safety drills, learn CPR, learn how to apply a tourniquet, provide basic first aid, administer epi-pens when needed, and be able to support other student-specific health-related needs. Some weekend, evening, or early morning work may be required from time to time.
All teachers must be able to provide adequate supervision indoors and outdoors, and they must be able to ensure the safety of students during drills and emergencies that may arise from time to time. Some evening and weekend commitments including school celebrations, admissions and athletic events, concerts, and plays are encouraged as part of the job.
Approved by: EB
Date Revised: 4/5/21
About Greensboro Day School
Celebrating it's 50th year, Greensboro Day School is a dynamic, co-ed independent day school located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our vibrant learning environment provides the backdrop for an academic program that teaches students how to think--not what to think. We prepare them not only for college, but for life in a global society. Serving 765 students age 2- grade 12, character and leadership development, unsurpassed facilities, award winning arts, and a competitive athletics program are all part of the Greensboro Day School experience.