The Pennington School is seeking a Middle School science teacher for the 2021-22 academic year. The ideal candidate must have proven success with teaching students in grades six to eight.
The Pennington School is seeking a highly engaging and passionate Middle School educator to teach science for Grades 6 and 7, as well as three elective courses, to begin in August 2021. Candidates should have a record of proven effectiveness in teaching in science. Candidates should also possess the developmental understanding of and appreciation for working with students in this age group (Grades 6 through 8). The ideal candidate will embrace a student-centered approach to learning and guide students to work toward personal and collective goals in skills, habits of mind, and understanding. Class sizes typically range from ten to sixteen students.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach students in courses including, but not limited to, sixth- and seventh-grade Life Science and Earth Science
Teach an elective course during each of the three trimesters
Create personalized, student-centered, and highly engaging learning experiences that have a lasting impact
Assist students during study halls
Lead or participate in at least two clubs and/or athletic endeavors
Demonstrate warmth, respect, humor, teamwork, and industry in interactions with students, parents, and colleagues
Develop and practice cultural competence in teaching and community life
Elicit individual excellence in every student, moving the student toward personal and collective goals in skills, habits of mind, and understanding
Bachelor’s degree in education or science; master’s degree preferred
Experience teaching at the middle-school level
Strong desire and ability to work with middle-school students
Knowledge of pedagogical strategies for teaching middle-school students
The ability to implement and help create a highly engaging, interactive, experiential science program is required
Ability to work with a range of learning styles
Ability to create a safe environment in which students can take risks and be and become themselves
Ability to use technology in highly effective ways to enhance teaching and learning
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience/willingness to lead at least two extracurricular and/or athletic endeavors
Additional responsibilities for this position include taking on an advisory role for a small group of students as well as teaching an elective, leading a club, or coaching a team.
Attendance at School events that may include occasional weekends and evenings is also required, including (but not limited to) one-night annual fall Retreat, Admission Open House, chaperoning a dance, and Back-to-School Night.
This position is a full-time position for the 2021-22. The position is exempt from overtime and eligible for all benefits afforded to full-time Pennington School employees.
Founded in 1838, The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school of 525 students in grades 6 through 12 (100 in Middle School), representing over 43 countries on a 55-acre campus in Pennington, NJ. Boarding students make up 23% of total enrollments and the School has an impressive 6:1 student to teacher ratio. Pennington has just over 5,000 alumni of record.