At The Benjamin School, we believe that good teachers set high standards for their students and then do everything they can to help them achieve those standards. We are looking for teachers who will help our students (in and out of the classroom) become self-directed, independent learners with superior academic collegiate skills.
The ideal candidate will be able to incorporate various styles of teaching and approaches to the students and material. This person must have a desire to work with students in a challenging, college-preparatory environment and should possess strong interpersonal and written communication skills.
Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for mathematics, intellectual curiosity, strong communication skills, the ability to work within a team, skills to engage and inspire students in the pursuit of learning, a commitment to ongoing professional development, an understanding of the ebbs and flows of independent school life, and, last but not least, a sense of humor.
The person filling this position will need to teach a range of mathematics, from foundational secondary levels through Honors Precalculus (experience with teaching Statistics is also very welcome), the specifics of which will depend on the individual talents that the candidate brings to Benjamin.
General Professional Qualifications:
The most desirable candidates will have the following background or comparable experience:
A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years teaching high school mathematics; advanced mathematics degree preferred
Experience with project-based teaching and collaborative learning
Experience in integrating technology into the curriculum
Ability to work effectively with parents as a partner in each student’s educational experience
Ability to use a variety of communication/teaching styles and methods
A proven willingness to experiment with different teaching strategies
A history of continued growth and development as an educator
A record of effective collaboration with colleagues
The ability to hold students to a high and clearly articulated standard of performance
Interest and experience in interacting with students outside of the classroom in co-curricular activities: sports, arts, social service, etc.
As with each position at Benjamin, the following key expectations apply to all TBS employees:
Demonstrates support of the School’s mission and policies
Consistently models The Benjamin School values
Builds positive interpersonal relationships with colleagues by establishing effective communication through listening, responsiveness, openness, availability, and approachability
Takes initiative and ownership in displaying positive work ethic and behaviors and encourages this attitude in others
Maintains proficiency in the field through personal and professional development that strengthens the role and the School
General Information: The Benjamin School is an independent, non-affiliated day school for 3-year-old pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade students in Palm Beach County. The School resides on two campuses; the 14 acre Lower and Middle School campus in North Palm Beach and the 50 acre Upper School campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Approximately 155 teachers and associates are responsible for about 1060 students. The Lower School currently serves 455 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 5; the Middle School enrolls 203 in grades 6-8, and the Upper School has 403 students in grades 9-12. The School’s rigorous and varied program prepares its students for acceptance to 4-year colleges.
The Benjamin School’s core is academics, with a balanced emphasis on athletics and the arts. The Lower School challenges students with an academic program that includes, among other strong elements, highly developed research-based instruction in language arts and mathematics and a strong Pre-K 3 to 5th-grade world language program. In the Middle School students are challenged with a wide variety of college preparatory courses including advanced world language instruction, Algebra I and Geometry and advanced ...science programs. At the Upper School campus, the faculty offers courses on three levels: regular, honors, and AP.
Each May the School administers 600 or more AP examinations to all of the students enrolled in its 22 AP courses. In May 2017 eighty percent of those tests received qualifying scores of at least a 3, and 89 percent of the students taking the tests earned at least one 3 or better. More than 200 students took one or more AP exam. The Upper School also has more than 50-semester electives. Students can study Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese to satisfy their language requirement.
In all three divisions, students have many opportunities to be involved in dance, instrumental (including strings) and vocal music, drama, and the visual arts. Students in all three divisions also have a physical education program, and those in the Middle and Upper Schools must participate in one or more team sports.
The School makes extensive use of technology in its programs. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard or Epson), and all computers on both campuses have internet access via school-wide Wireless access. The third, fourth, and fifth-grade students bring iPads to school each day. The Middle School has a BYOD program, and in the Upper School, all students own and use laptops or iPads. The School also provides specialized computers for video editing, digital graphics, desktop publishing, and the computer lab.
Mission Statement: The mission of The Benjamin School is to provide a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment. The School motivates students to master the skills of learning, communicating and evaluating choices, encourages them to grow intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, and physically to their fullest individual potential. Benjamin inspires in its students a coherent set of values that include a love of learning, personal responsibility, self-motivation, concern for others and a desire to serve society.