St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, located in the Palisades section of northwest Washington, D.C., is a parish day school enrolling approximately 485 students on two campuses. The program begins at the three-year-old Nursery level and continues through Grade 8. St. Patrick’s students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine schools—including local independent day schools, boarding schools largely in the Mid-Atlantic and New England and, less frequently, public schools—upon graduation.
Three academic divisions comprise St. Patrick’s: Nursery School (3’s, 4’s, and young 5’s), Lower School (Kindergarten-Grade 5), and Middle School (Grades 6-8). Students attend school on the Whitehaven Campus through Grade 5 and on the MacArthur Campus, about a half-mile away, for Middle School. The Grades 5 and 8 Science Teacher, who teaches the oldest students in both the Lower School and the Middle School, reports to and is evaluated by the Associate Head of School/Head of Middle School. The Day School Science Department includes three other fulltime teachers who teach students in Nursery School to Grade 1, Grades 2 to 4, and Grades 6 and 7, respectively.
During the 2020-2021 school year, students have engaged in different hybrid settings for teaching and learning, depending on their grade level. Upon our return from Spring Break, all students whose parents have chosen on-campus teaching and learning (about 90% of our students) will attend in-person classes four days a week, with Wednesday remaining a remote day for all students. All Day School teachers are expected to be able to provide both synchronous and asynchronous instruction in a virtual setting. We anticipate returning to a five-day schedule for on-campus learning in the 2021-2022 school year. All teachers must be prepared to engage in on-campus, in-person teaching and learning as well as to provide both synchronous and asynchronous instruction in a virtual setting, as needed.
The Grades 5 and 8 Science Teacher is responsible for designing and implementing a program that is consistent with the Day School Mission Statement; builds on an ever-growing knowledge of how young people, particularly adolescents, learn best; and reflects those students’ developmental abilities, needs, and interests. (See the Curriculum Guide, available on the website, for specific details regarding the current content of the science program.) St. Patrick’s encourages creativity and innovation in both curriculum and instruction and supports a teacher’s initiatives in broadening and expanding the existing areas of study or instructional methods.
Working closely with the Lower School and Middle School faculties and Science Department colleagues, the Grades 5 and 8 Science Teacher will design and implement a program that reflects a thorough knowledge of the concepts and skills necessary, specifically in an educational setting for young adolescents, for them to develop a lifelong love of science and the competencies to participate fully in the further study of science. In addition, teachers are encouraged to make interdisciplinary connections within the grade levels. Teachers are expected to stay abreast of current trends and research in education and to apply appropriate strategies and techniques to meet the diverse needs of their students. In science, this expectation means staying current on science standards, including the NGSS standards. Creating and maintaining an organized, inviting, student-centered learning environment are critical. The classroom environment should reflect an awareness and cultivation of materials, books, and displays that are integral to the curriculum. Teachers new to St. Patrick’s should also become aware of ongoing curricular initiatives and the use of technology to enhance the curriculum.
A successful candidate for Grades 5 and 8 Science Teacher will demonstrate the following qualifications:
attainment of at least a bachelor’s degree (master’s strongly preferred) in a relevant content field;
proficient knowledge of relevant topics in science education, including current issues and approaches to pedagogy;
teaching experience at the upper elementary and middle school levels;
a deep understanding of equity, diversity, and social justice;
a strong interest in the particular academic, creative, and social-emotional needs of adolescents; and
successful completion of the required background check.
Candidates for the position of Grades 5 and 8 Science Teacher should email a cover letter, resume, and list of names and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to Dan Spector, Associate Head of School/Head of Middle School, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School is an independent, coeducational, parish day school located in the Palisades section of Northwest Washington, D.C., serving approximately 475 students from three-year-old Nursery through Grade 8. For 65 years, St. Patrick's has been providing a vibrant, challenging coeducational school environment that balances tradition and innovation in an educational program that emphasizes the acquisition of essential skills, integration of disciplines, and active learning. It seeks to educate young people who will grow in intellectual and academic strength, personal integrity, openness to change, commitment to service, and confident and ethical involvement in the world. St. Patrick's students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine schools - including local independent day schools, boarding schools largely in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions and, less frequently, public schools - upon graduation.
Campuses include the Whitehaven Campus, home to Nursery to Grade 5, and the MacArthur Campus, home to Grades 6 to 8. There are three divisions: Nursery School (Nursery and PK), Lower School (Kin...dergarten to Grade 5), and Middle School (Grades 6 to 8). A third campus, the Foxhall Campus, features a regulation-size turf athletic field and stadium complex, as well as our new Garden & Outdoor Learning Space.