Congressional School seeks a Middle School Physical Science Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. The Middle School Physical Science Teacher should be a leader in inquiry-based and project-based instruction and keep up with the latest advances in STEM education. He or she should seek to build relationships in the greater science community of Washington, DC and engage colleagues at other schools in order to be most current with best practices and pedagogy and to help move science instruction and curricula forward.
The Middle School Physical Science Teacher will also be an advisor to a group of approximately 10 students and as such, will be the first point of contact for both those students and their parents. As with any independent school position, the Middle School Science Teacher should be ready to chaperone class trips, take on typical day-to-day duties such as recess, lunch and dismissal duties, and engage fully in all school or division wide events/experiences as part of the school community.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Instructional:
Employs a variety of teaching methods to engage different learning styles in the classroom
Prepares motivating and stimulating lessons that reflect knowledge of the curriculum and child development
Demonstrates a desire to meaningfully integrate technology into the classroom
Encourages an inclusive classroom that accepts the different perspectives and backgrounds of the students
Utilizes a variety of assessments and uses data in the classroom to develop lessons and instructional activities as needed
Updates curriculum and materials as needed.
Teaching and Learning Environment:
Creates a learning environment that is motivating and age appropriate, setting clear expectations for classwork and homework while maintaining appropriate instructional resources that support best practices
Seeks to actively know students’ strengths and weaknesses and responds promptly and with care to parent concerns. Communicates effectively with parents, colleagues, and administrators.
Demonstrates strong classroom management skills.
Maintains an accurate and organized system for monitoring student grades and records. Meets reporting deadlines and requirements and follows school-wide procedures for reporting grades.
Prepares well-thought-out and thorough conference reports and written documentation on student progress.
Maintains substitute plans and engages substitutes in advance when needed and when possible.
Demonstrates a willingness to learn, grow, and improve as a teacher
Continues to update knowledge of content area(s) taught
Engages in goal setting and review process with Division Director
Attends and participates appropriately in full, divisional, and departmental/team faculty meetings.
School and Community:
Maintains a positive attitude and approach
Represents the School in the larger community in a positive manner
Assists with projects and school-wide initiatives
Attends important school-wide community events as requested or needed
Other work-related duties as assigned by the Division Director or Head of School
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in science required; Master’s degree in science, education or related field is preferred
Prior teaching experience in middle or high school science, preferably in an independent school
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in child development and educational practices.
Strong initiative and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
An ability to work in a joyful, collegial, purposeful, and collaborative environment
A sense of humor, warm personality, and growth mindset
Congressional School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age or disability.
About Congressional School
Founded in 1939, Congressional School is a co-ed independent day school in the heart of Falls Church, VA. Dedicated to young learners—infants through eighth graders—Congressional School serves more than 345 students and 2,000 campers annually through its academic and summer programs. The school develops great thinkers and leaders by encouraging students to explore, embrace challenge, and grow through an innovative academic program —all in a diverse and inclusive community. Well-prepared for excellent secondary schools, Congressional School graduates have confidence, a sense of ethics, and the desire to continually and respectfully question, collaborate, create, and lead.
Teachers at Congressional School are passionate, innovative, and dedicated members of the Congressional community who embrace the vision, mission, philosophy and traditions of the School while always striving for excellence. Teachers are committed to growth as professionals and individuals, and are eager to help the school’s students strive for and be their best. Congressional is a community where learning, growing, curiosity, engagement, hard work, and play are all valued and nurtured.