Grace Church School’s mission of fostering academic excellence, ethical values, and an inclusive community anchors our program and informs our pedagogy and curriculum, preparing our students to lead meaningful and productive lives. The school nurtures and educates the whole child, understanding that our humanity comprises mind, body, heart, and spirit. We celebrate our differences, respect our diversity, and embrace our shared human experience.
In the high school division, students are challenged to reach their full potential, have big dreams, ask essential questions, and wrestle with complex ideas, working to solve real-world problems and participate in the interconnected global community. Our students see themselves as living actors in history and agents for positive change in the world. By linking academic learning and real-world learning, our students understand the dynamic possibilities of using their knowledge and skills to ask new questions and create new knowledge.
As the foundation for our students’ growth and development, the school affirms the enduring value and abiding influence of our historical and cultural past, as it informs the present world in which we live. A blend of tradition and innovation, our high school program grounds students in the core academic disciplines and prepares them to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
About the Position
full-time teaching of language classes, plus Lab Day assignments
high school Mandarin I - V levels
emphasis on spoken fluency, reading, writing, and cultural studies
opportunity to chaperone international travel program to China
Faculty must be academically prepared and highly effective at teaching and designing curriculum for a rotating block course schedule of three 80-minute periods per 6-day cycle, along with a weekly tutorial period for additional individual or small group instruction. Faculty must be adept at using technology for teaching and learning, and supporting students.
Faculty also serve as advisors in small advisory groups that meet daily. Advisors are responsible for supporting, counseling, and mentoring students through their four years of high school, helping them to understand themselves as learners, lead their parent-teacher conferences, contribute to our Chapel and Community Meeting programs, develop their Lab Studies portfolios, and serve in Lunch Prep teams on a rotating basis.
Working closely with the grade dean, school counselor, college counselor, learning specialist, school chaplain, director of studies, and high school division head, teachers are part of a collaborative, team-based structure with a high level of communication and collegiality. Active participation in a faculty culture of continuous learning, professional development, and intellectual growth is expected and supported.
In addition to teaching their core academic classes, teachers participate in our Lab Studies program, focused on inquiry-driven, project-based, experiential learning. Lab courses are team taught by faculty responsible for planning and co-constructing course content with their students.
Opportunities are available to coach, direct, and lead activities in the extracurricular and extended day afternoon program, in which all students are encouraged to participate.
Position starts August 2021
Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree or doctorate preferred.
About Our Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism:
Grace Church School seeks to provide its students with an outstanding education and with the desire to use it to make the world a better place. Every facet of our work is enhanced by the diversity and strength of our community. We believe that equity and inclusion are not only hallmarks of a just society, but also virtues essential to sound learning. And so, Grace seeks to recognize and honor the unique gifts of its students, families, faculty, and staff—and the cultures, beliefs, values, and experiences that have shaped them—striving always to cultivate mutual understanding, humility, respect, and kindness.
But inclusion is not enough and equity is an impossibility if we cannot name, acknowledge, and oppose the forces of racism and all forms of bias, hate, and fear that exist in our society and that seek to diminish so many in our midst. Knowing this, we commit ourselves to the work of anti-racism and to the cause of justice: that all students may find in Grace a home, may learn from Grace their precious worth, and may hear from Grace a call to serve the common good and the dignity of humanity.