The Discovery School STEM Specialist understands and promotes the school’s mission, vision, core values, and policies both within and outside the immediate school community. The teacher is responsible for providing a classroom/instructional program that supports both Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) methodologies, while respecting the individual needs of the children in accordance with the school’s mission and vision.
The Teacher works collaboratively and is committed to ongoing curriculum development and growth within the IB framework. This position communicates effectively with administration on all aspects of the program to maintain congruence between their program and the Board-approved mission. The STEM Specialist is professionally responsible for implementing best practice based on current research in the field of education.
Collaborate with all Lead Teachers to produce and lead STEM-themed units, comprising the School’s Science curriculum.
Produce and lead STEM-themed units for the Middle School that align with project themes and units, comprising the Middle-School’s Science curriculum.
Produce and lead STEM-themed units for elementary classroomsthat may or may not be related to IB units.
STEM for UE once a week lesson as described by the curriculum guide.
STEM for LE once a week lesson as described by the curriculum guide.
STEM for FE once a week lesson as described by the curriculum guide.
STEM for Kindergarten once a week lesson in conjunction with the Art Specialist.
STEM for Primary once a week lesson in conjunction with the Art Specialist.
STEM for Toddlers once a month lesson. Subject to start mid-year based upon the readiness of the Toddler program.
Help elementary teachers with STEMunits to support IB-PYP as needed, e.g., getting supplies, contributing ideas, or offering extra assistance in the classroom.
Host parent education nights or Sunday afternoons, such as a game night, STEM night, etc., as directed by supervisor.
Coordinate STEM career visitsor career day, as directed by supervisor.
Math Enrichment classes for elementary classrooms, as determined by elementary lead teachers.
After school program for teachers / parents / community partners (e.g., STEP Lab).
Communicate and document the STEM program using the AltSchool platform
Planning, Preparation and Instruction:
The teacher creates instruction that supports the development of the cognitive, emotional, social, physical and spiritual growth of the child.
The teacher is required to create and implement IB Units of Inquiry per the direction of the IB Coordinator.
The teacher is responsible for maintaining an ongoing dialogue with specialty classroom teachers as well as lead classroom teachers, and coordinating curriculum integration and implementation with these teachers.
The teacher works with students of various abilities assigned to the classroom, including those with learning differences as diagnosed. The teacher may be required to participate in child study team meetings, training, and planning cooperatives to fully meet each child’s needs.
The teacher uses various assessment tools/strategies such as observations, children’s work samples, continuums of development, portfolios, etc. to help make instructional decisions for individual students.
The STEM Specialistis responsible for preparing an environment that meets the sensitive period/plane of development of the children he/she works with. The STEM Specialist is one of the curators of the newly-built STEM Lab in Building 5 of The Discovery School. As such, the STEM Specialist (along with the Art Specialist) will be responsible for ensuring the cleanliness, maintenance, and functionality of this learning space, and communicates with the administration regarding any facilities issues, as well as participating in yearly meetings to provide input into the process of maintaining furnishings and equipment, as well as ordering supplies for the next school year.
The STEM Specialistcreates an environment that demonstrates rapport with, respect and kindness for, all students as well as between students. The STEM Specialistmodels and teaches conflict resolution and problem solving strategies in the classroom. The STEM Specialistpromotes an understanding and appreciation of all cultures.
The STEM Specialistshould promptly report discipline concerns beyond typical classroom strategies to the Head of School. A meeting with parents should be arranged.
The STEM Specialistis responsible for the safety of the children left in his/her charge, within the classrooms and on the playground, until dismissed to a responsible adult. TheSTEM Specialistis responsible for the appropriate treatment and well-being of all children. No child should ever be left unsupervised either inside or outside the classroom, except when directed by the STEM Specialist.
The STEM Specialistisresponsible for complete understanding and implementation of School Crisis Management Plan and must follow School-wide security protocols as directed.
The STEM Specialistis responsible for communication that supports an understanding of the school’s program, develops positive relationships within the school community, and protects the privacy and confidentiality of each student and family in the school community.
The STEM Specialistestablishes a positive relationship with parents of the students and maintains regular communication with parents with regard to their child’s specific needs.
The STEM Specialistcommunicates to parents and others in the school community about the classroom and curriculum using the AltSchool platform’sStreamfunctionality.
The STEM Specialistassists in the development of and participates in school functions, including but not limited to Open Houses, Curriculum Nights, Parent Orientations, Festivals, Board/PTO Community Meetings.
Through The Discovery School’s Professional Development Program for Enrichment Educators, the STEM Specialist is expected to actively seek and enroll in professional development modules throughout the year. The STEM Specialist is required to complete any professional development modules and may request specific modules and submit to his/her supervisor for approval.
About The Discovery School
The Discovery School, entering its 30th year of operation in 2020, is a private, not-for-profit K-8 Independent School located in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Through a progressive framework combining principles from Montessori and International Baccalaureate, we aim to provide creative, open-ended learning spaces where our internationally-minded, inquisitive, and principled inquirers are encouraged to discover, nurture, and achieve their own goals on their way to becoming the leaders of tomorrow. Multi-age classes and a low student to teacher ratio allow children to fully experience our academically challenging learning environment in a personalized way.
Differentiation occurs for students at every level, giving children the freedom to move ahead in areas they have mastered and allowing for extra work in areas of emerging mastery. Our students of all ages participate in foreign languages, STEaM, music and our Youth Philanthropy Program. We strive to ensure that each child's culture, language, ethnicity, and family structure are recognized and valued in our program. Discovery is a special place that encourages knowledge, independent thinking, global awareness, creativity, and mutual respect.