Upper School Mathematics Teacher with Physics teaching possibilities

Position/Title:  Upper School Mathematics Teacher with Physics teaching possibilities

Appointment:  School Year 2024/2025

Reports To:   Director of the Upper School  

Laurel School seeks talented faculty and staff who will put our students first and strive to make a difference in their lives.  We seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff who thrive on being engaged participants in our community and are committed to anti-racist education and developing 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.  

Position Summary:

We seek a dynamic and talented teacher who can teach various Upper School mathematics courses into the college calculus sequence, ideally including AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus (Calc 3), Honors Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra (Calc 4). In addition, the ability to teach physics is highly desirable. Applicants with experience in any part of this range should feel welcome to apply. The ideal teacher will create a rich learning environment, employ varied teaching approaches, and use multiple tools to assess student understanding. S/he will be able to work collaboratively with other STEM teachers and will be guided by differentiated instructional methods in developing and delivering effective lessons to diverse learners, especially a Modeling Instructional approach in physics. Enthusiasm for devising a variety of student experiences will be key: asking students to pursue inquiry-based learning, designing projects to use as dynamic assessment tools, encouraging class discussions as a way to deepen student understanding, and developing a curriculum that uses our 140-acre Butler Campus as a classroom. Teachers interested in or experience with standards-based learning are especially encouraged to apply.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Preparation and implementation of daily lessons 
  • Design, implementation, and timely evaluation of appropriate, authentic formative and summative assessment 
  • Timely and proactive communication with students, parents, and advisors about student progress
  • Advising of a 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
  • Support of divisional and school-wide initiatives through committee work, where appropriate 
  • Instruction of students as a Dream, Dare, Do, or Capstone facilitator
  • Supervision and/or participation in non-academic activities, including lunch, study halls, dances, class trips, etc
  • Other duties as assigned

The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in mathematics/physics/or engineering or a related field.  At least 2 years of prior teaching experience is preferred.  The successful candidate will 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.   Candidates for Laurel teaching positions should be enthusiastic about pedagogy, particularly inquiry-based approaches and differentiated implementation best suited to various learners.  The candidate must possess or acquire and maintain a State of Ohio-issued teaching certificate or non-tax certificate.  The school welcomes the opportunity to continue to find ways to diversify our faculty.


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 early childhood division, where every child is well known. As a Facing History and Ourselves School, Laurel is fully committed to equity and inclusion.

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 a 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 teaching 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 a suburban/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.