Position/Title:Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher
Appointment:School Year 2021/2022
Reports To:Director of the Middle School
*This is currently a long-term substitute position with a possible opening for 2020-2021*
Laurel School seeks talented faculty who will put our students first and strive to make a difference in their lives. We seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who thrive on being engaged participants in our community and are committed to anti-racist education and the development of young women as authentic learners and leaders. The most successful candidates are solutions-driven, are willing to listen to learn, embrace iteration and practice as a necessary part of the product, see opportunities before problems, and thrive in a fast paced, forward-thinking educational environment. Laurel lives our mission: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. We continually challenge our community to question existing paradigms and to dream, dare, and do.
We are seeking a dynamic and passionate educator who cares deeply about the importance of reading and writing to fill a full-time position teaching English and social studies in Laurel’s Middle School. The candidate should have interest or experience teaching students in Grade 6 through 8 and would be assigned to teach at two grade levels. The successful candidate should be demonstrably curious about new methods and modes of communication, invested in and knowledgeable about Middle School learners, and interested in exploring the ways in which we can teach girls to be courageous, ethical, and empathetic through literature, geography, history and current events. The candidate must be able to teach to a variety of learning styles, use a variety of assessment strategies, and collaborate with teachers in the English and History/Social Studies departments. Candidates with experience or interest in coaching Speech and Debate or or athletics will be of special interest.
Duties and responsibilities include:
Daily instruction both in the planned classroom environment and in one-on-one help sessions
Assignment and timely evaluation of student work
Reporting regularly in detail in narrative form about student learning
Record keeping of student participation, progress, and assessments
Timely and proactive communication with parents about student progress
Collaboration in the instruction of an English curriculum that is tightly paired with the Social Studies curriculum, including thematic overlap and some shared projects
Membership on a grade level team, including attending weekly meetings to collaborate on the academic program
Advising a group of middle school students, about 10 girls, on their academic and social development
Participation in faculty and staff meetings
Collaboration with colleagues in the same or a different discipline
Completion of other duties as assigned such as participation in field trips and supervision during arrival, lunch and recess, and supervision of non-academic activities, e.g., study halls
Teaching an ungraded elective to Sixth through Eighth Graders
Other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree with majors and/or extensive coursework in English, history and/or education and have at least 3-5 years teaching experience. The successful candidate will also possess a positive attitude, excellent written and verbal skills, strong organizational skills, and proven success within a work setting that requires open collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality. The candidate must possess or acquire and maintain a State of Ohio issued teaching certificate. The school welcomes the opportunity to continue to find ways to diversify our faculty.
Qualified candidates should also indicate interest in consideration for the role of Grade Level Dean. The Dean teaches three sections, oversees the grade level experience, and serves as part of the Middle School administrative team. Deans must demonstrate a high level of student engagement as well as:
Strong organizational and time management skills and a desire to coach a team of colleagues
Willingness and ability to work with and support students, parents, teachers, colleagues beyond the Middle School
Flexibility, creativity, and a solution-oriented mindset
Laurel offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.
Laurel School is a dynamic, forward-thinking, K-12 girls’ school, with a co-ed pre-primary division where every child is well known. As a Facing History and Ourselves School, Laurel is fully committed to equity and inclusion; we actively seek culturally diverse faculty and staff.
Laurel teachers are committed to:
The study of research on girls’ education and integration of this knowledge into classroom practice
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Anti-racist, multicultural education
The academic and social development of girls
Working with each girl to fulfill the school’s mission
The creation of a classroom community
The integration of community-based learning projects at the classroom level and as a part of the whole school community
Involving parents as partners in the educational process
Outdoor education and sustainability
Flexibility and openness to new ideas
Laurel enjoys an outstanding local and national reputation and is home to the Laurel Center for Research on Girls. In a highly competitive school landscape, Laurel is fortunate to be a school of choice in Cleveland. Our emphasis on the whole child and our legacy of excellence in the teaching of girls set us apart. Located in Shaker Heights, OH (15 minutes from downtown Cleveland) with an additional rural campus 17 minutes away, the school has an urban/rural advantage. The work environment is noted for being family-friendly and flexible. The feeling in the school is joyous, collaborative, and innovative. Our curricular philosophy emphasizes community-based, interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Collaboration and reflective practice are key to pedagogy at Laurel. The school is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.
Laurel School is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all personnel and applicants for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; national origin; handicap or disability; sexual orientation; or status as a veteran, Vietnam era, or special disabled veteran.