Middle School Science Teacher (Possible Opening)
Description

Position/Title:  Middle School Science Teacher (Possible Opening)

Appointment:  School Year 2022/2023 

Reports To:   Director of the Middle School  


*This is a possible opening for the 2022/2023 school year.  We are accepting applications from those candidates who may be interested in this possible opening. 


Laurel School seeks talented faculty who will put our students first and strive to make a difference in their lives.  We seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who thrive on being engaged participants in our community and are committed to anti-racist education and the development of young women as authentic learners and leaders.   The most successful candidates are solutions-driven, are willing to listen to learn, embrace iteration and practice as a necessary part of the product, see opportunities before problems, and thrive in a fast-paced, forward-thinking educational environment. Laurel lives our mission: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world.  We continually challenge our community to question existing paradigms and to dream, dare, and do.  


Position Summary:

Laurel School seeks a Science teacher for Middle School courses. Primary responsibilities include teaching two sections of eighth grade inquiry-based and two sections of sixth grade earth science.  The eighth grade curriculum includes chemistry and environmental science, while the sixth grade curricula focuses on scientific method and principles, experiment design, and astronomy. The position entails the design, detailed planning and instruction of engaging and student-centered curricula. All middle school teachers demonstrate a commitment to diversity and to the education of girls. We seek teachers interested in working collaboratively with other Laurel teachers, enthusiastic about the opportunity to design curriculum—including lessons that take advantage of our 150-acre Butler campus as an outdoor classroom—and adept at differentiating instruction. Flexibility, a sense of humor and a deep desire to be an educator outside of the classroom—working with students in many capacities—are invaluable qualities at Laurel School.


Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Preparation and implementation of daily lessons 
  • Delivery of assignments and timely evaluation of all relevant class work and student progress
  • Design and implementation of appropriate, authentic assessments and support of individual student learning styles  
  • Timely and proactive communication with parents about student progress
  • Serving as an Advisor to small group of students 
  • Collaboration with other members of the faculty, administration and staff on experiential, interdisciplinary and community-based opportunities that add to the school community
  • Active participation in all faculty and staff meetings 
  • Effective and timely communication with varied school constituencies in person, through email and through voicemail 
  • Membership on a grade level team, including attending weekly meetings to collaborate on the academic program
  • Support of divisional and school-wide initiatives through committee work, where appropriate 
  • Supervision and/or participation in non-academic activities, including chaperoning trips/dances and proctoring study hall 
  • Regularly reporting on student progress in detailed narrative form
  • Completion of other duties as assigned.
Requirements

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree with majors and/or extensive coursework in science and education, and interest or teaching experience at the middle school level. S/he/they possess a positive attitude, excellent written and verbal skills, strong organizational skills, and proven success within a work setting that requires collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality.  The candidate must possess or acquire and maintain a State of Ohio issued teaching certificate or non-tax certificate.


Salary:

Laurel offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.


To Apply:

Please see www.laurelschool.org for further information and a job application.


Work Environment:  

Laurel School is a dynamic, forward-thinking, K-12 girls’ school with a co-ed pre-primary division, where every child is well known. As a Facing History and Ourselves School, Laurel is fully committed to equity and inclusion; we actively seek a culturally diverse faculty and staff.


Laurel teachers are committed to:

  • The study of research on girls’ education and integration of this knowledge into classroom practice
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Anti-racist, multicultural education
  • The academic and social development of girls
  • Working with each girl to fulfill the school’s mission
  • The creation of an inclusive classroom community
  • The integration of community-based learning projects at the classroom level and as a part of the whole school community
  • Involving parents as partners in the educational process
  • Outdoor education and sustainability
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas

Laurel enjoys an outstanding local and national reputation and is home to the Laurel Center for Research on Girls. In a highly competitive school landscape, Laurel is fortunate to be a school of choice in Cleveland. Our emphasis on the whole child and our legacy of excellence in the teaching of girls set us apart. Located in Shaker Heights, OH (15 minutes from downtown Cleveland) with an additional rural campus 17 minutes away, the school has an urban/rural advantage. The work environment is noted for being family-friendly and flexible. The feeling in the school is joyous, collaborative and innovative. Our curricular philosophy emphasizes community-based, interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Collaboration and reflective practice are key to pedagogy at Laurel. The school is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. 


Laurel School is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all personnel and applicants for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; gender identity; national origin; handicap or disability; sexual orientation; or status as a veteran, Vietnam era, or special disabled veteran.