Founded in 2012, ESLA is an independent, college-preparatory day school serving grades six through twelve. Our core virtues are Generosity, Integrity, Curiosity, and Courage. Over half of our students’ tuition expense is made possible through donor-funded scholarships. This generosity and philosophy allow the school to recruit and enroll the brightest, most dedicated students from all walks of life. Now in our seventh year, we are growing a community that reflects the vibrant diversity of Los Angeles. Our academic model is enhanced by the belief that one of the most important educational tools for any young person is the collaboration and camaraderie of peers from different backgrounds—peers who have stories and perspectives to share, the stuff of life that simply cannot be gleaned from a textbook. For further information about the school, go to www.es-la.com.
What we are looking for . . .
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles Science Department is seeking an Upper School Science Teacher with an unshakable commitment to student success, whose classroom is filled with surprise and delight. The ideal ESLA candidate has:
An abiding passion and deep knowledge of working with a diverse student body,
Experience designing innovative curricula in their discipline,
Leveraged technology to enhance student achievements,
Expertise in differentiating instruction for a heterogeneous student body,
Demonstrated success in the classroom with different adolescent needs across grades 6-8.
Qualities we are looking for in our Upper School Chemistry Teacher:
An expert who combines engaging, hands-on, inquiry-based lessons into a “storyline framework” to create units of study with high levels of challenge.
Someone who will scaffold the learning experience to provide guidance and support for all students to reach their highest potential.
Someone able to guide students in establishing a strong foundation in asking scientific questions that are then supported by evidence-based conclusions.
Someone who can connect scientific events, developments, and ideas to events in our city, nation, and world.
The ideal candidate is passionate about science, eager to teach middle and upper school students, and interested in contributing to the culture of a school that values social justice, academic challenge, and the joy of community. The ideal candidate should desire not only to teach, but also to learn from and grow with both students and colleagues. The ideal candidate is committed to furthering ESLA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by growing socially literate, justice-minded scientists.
About the Department
ESLA’s Science Department contributes to ESLA’s greater mission by fostering metacognition, self-understanding, critical thinking, and interpretive sophistication in its students. Upon graduating from ESLA, the science student will possess:
The ability to apply Scientific Thinking, Strategies and Skills to unknowns in their world;
Critical Analysis and Evaluation Skills that they can Communicate in a variety of methods;
A greater capacity for examining one’s assumptions and assessing the implications of one’s actions; and
The ability to educate oneself, complete self-directed projects, distinguish between the reasonable and unreasonable scientific claims of others and make informed judgments based on their own critical analysis.
Teach at least 5 sections of upper school Chemistry for the 2021-2022 school year, with the consideration and flexibility that courses may change the following year.
Prepare course materials - ideally moving away from “cookie cutter” curricular frameworks toward analysis of actual scientific material and texts.
Utilize a variety of assessments that relate to what they are learning in class, but can be applied outside of the schoolhouse.
Teach, encourage and support academic skills such as critical reading, writing and thinking, organization, analysis and evaluation.
Act as an Advisor to a small group of Middle or Upper School students.
Willingness to participate in at least one aspect of the school's extracurricular life for at least one semester (sports, club, performing arts, teaching a middle school elective, etc.).
All or most of the following:
Bachelor’s Degree in a Natural, Physical or Life Science, or related field of study.
Experience designing and implementing a challenging, engaging, hands-on curriculum.
A desire to work in a creative, collaborative, innovative environment.
Strong leadership and organizational skills.
Candidates will preferably have a CA teaching credential or Masters Degree in Secondary Education.
Written statement that includes, at a minimum, answers to the following:
What is your experience teaching Upper School Chemistry? What have you learned from that experience that you would bring to this position?
Write the name of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Diverse and traditionally underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
About The Episcopal School of Los Angeles
Serving students in 6-12th grade, The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is a city school founded in the heart of Hollywood. We are looking for bright, hardworking, creative teachers and staff members who are interested in being a part of a pioneering generation of educators. Technology and ethics play a central role in our culture. As an Episcopal School, we are an inclusive community that welcomes people from all backgrounds. Unlike traditional independent schools, 75% of our students receive financial aid. As a result, we offer one of the most diverse communities in the independent school market.