Convent of the Sacred Heart is New York City's oldest independent school for girls. As an independent, Catholic school, educating students in Pre-K through 12, we are part of an international network of 160 schools. We are committed to a set of principles shared by all Sacred Heart Schools. Known as the "Goals and Criteria," these principles articulate the core components of a Sacred Heart education and charge our community with a unified educational mission.
At the heart of our philosophy is the belief that each child possesses unique gifts. Our job is to unearth those gifts, nurture them, and empower each child of the Sacred Heart to share those gifts with the global community. Convent of the Sacred Heart is committed to building a community that is anti-racist, anti-bias, fair, inclusive, and welcoming to everyone and seeks candidates who connect to our Mission and Goals.
Lower School Science Teacher Full-Time
Beginning August 25, 2022
Position: Lower School Science Teacher Reports to: Lower School Division Head FLSA: Exempt, full-time
Convent of the Sacred Heart, seeks a Lower School Science Teacher to begin in late August 2022. The principal role of the Lower School Science Teacher is to teach weekly science lessons to students in Pre-Kindergarten through Fourth Grade and to collaborate with the STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, Math) team. Lessons should aim to cultivate students’ interest in the natural world while teaching age-appropriate content and skills. This is a co-teaching model. There will be two head teachers in the classroom. While both teachers will be present in the classroom and collaborate on the lessons, each teacher is responsible for specific grade levels (in this instance, the teacher would be responsible for PK/JK, Grade 1, and Grade 3).
Have a strong interest and background in Science and STEAM
Demonstrate effective collaboration and communication skills
Master’s Degree related to Education and/or Science
Passion for working with elementary school students, as well as a solid understanding of child development, including cognitive, social, and emotional development
Knowledge of the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and/or standards-based frameworks for developing curriculum
Maintain congruence between the school and the mission as articulated in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart schools
Provide a warm and inviting classroom community that promotes a positive and productive learning environment in which each student feels a sense of belonging
Collaborate effectively with co-teacher on developing and teaching the Pre-K through 4th Grade science curriculum in line with the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria
Design age-appropriate, inquiry-based lessons using the latest in science and technology
Support students as they conduct scientific investigations
Promote and encourage excitement about the wonders of the natural world
Commit to addressing social justice, diversity, equity, and anti-racist, anti-bias education in the curriculum through lessons, actions, and discussions
Select and utilize texts, posters, resources, and language that represent a wide range of identities in daily lessons
Implement classroom management strategies to monitor student behavior
Utilize technology where appropriate when teaching and planning lessons
Differentiate instruction to support group and individual learning, and provide extra support and enrichment as needed
Facilitate collaboration among students during small group and partner projects
Work with co-teacher and LS Dean of Academics & Faculty Development to maintain an ongoing curriculum map for Lower School Science
Collaborate with classroom and specialty teachers to integrate STREAM projects
Attend and participate actively in regular STREAM meetings, as well as faculty meetings, professional development days, whole school meetings, and grade-level team meetings as needed
Track and assess student progress by communicating with classroom teachers and parents as needed
Provide information on individual student progress on twice-yearly report cards and through parent-teacher conferences
Plan content-aligned field trips and attend trips as needed
Organize and maintain laboratory and materials
Prepare the classroom in advance for laboratory activities
Perform assigned, ongoing scheduled responsibilities with care (roof duty, lunch duty, dismissal, etc.)
Assist in Admissions and Parent Events as needed
It is the policy of Sacred Heart to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. This means that all employees and applicants will be treated on an equal basis without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, military status, Vietnam or other veteran status, sexual orientation, domestic partnership status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, unemployment status or any other status protected by law. In addition to the protected classifications included in our EEO policy, the School also prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on being a certified medical marijuana patient, arrest or conviction, or domestic violence victim status in accordance with state law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including but not limited to: hiring, training, faculty development, promotion, compensation, benefits, educational assistance, employee facilities, termination, and retirement. Any employee who engages in conduct that violates this policy is subject to discipline, up to and including termination.
The Convent of the Sacred Heart is New York City’s oldest independent school for girls, established in 1881 by the Society of the Sacred Heart. Part of a worldwide network of over 150 schools committed to the mission of Sacred Heart education, the school is housed in two landmark buildings on 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. Since its inception, Convent of the Sacred Heart has been governed by a strong commitment to the education of the whole child, addressing her intellectual, spiritual, social, and emotional development.
Convent of the Sacred Heart is an equal opportunity employer. As an equal opportunity employer, Sacred Heart seeks to hire outstanding and diverse faculty who work together harmoniously toward the common mission of the school.