Founded in 1972, The Mount Vernon School is a leading private school of inquiry, innovation, and impact.
Anchored in Christian values — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control — relationships at Mount Vernon are foundational to learning. Preparing students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders calls us to lean into inclusion, diversity, equity, and action.
Creating and cultivating connections between all people, ideas, and sectors, the School welcomes all learners to wrestle with voices and perspectives that challenge our assumptions, biases, stereotypes, and privileges. Not allowing our differences to divide us requires each of us to engage in honest, vulnerable, and courageous conversations through empathy, reflection, examination, and action. Being real agents of change is a continuous journey.
Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, our trust in each other strengthens our sense of identity, autonomy, and interdependence. As a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact, we are committed to creating and sustaining a school culture where all members feel valued and safe, sharing their authentic selves to design a better world…together.
Mount Vernon School seeks an innovative and collaborative Upper School Humanities teacher reporting directly to the Head of Upper School for the l. Versatility, collaboration, and openness to innovative instructional practices are essential. Availability to sponsor athletic, artistic, or academic teams/clubs is preferred. Start date flexible.
Faculty at Mount Vernon are inquisitive, nurturing, flexible, and creative. They model lifelong learning for their colleagues and students. They involve themselves in areas of the School beyond their classroom walls. The teacher is responsible for fulfilling all of his/her responsibilities in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the School.
Role & Responsibilities
This individual will:
- Report directly to the Head of Upper School and work closely with the US Head of Learning and Innovation, as well as with two Humanities Learning Architects and other members of the leadership team
- Be a curious and collaborative educator, dedicated to facilitating and encouraging the growth of students and colleagues
- Provide meaningful instruction in a Upper School Humanities courses using a variety of research-based and innovative teaching methods
- Collaborate with faculty across disciplines to facilitate interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and project-based learning experiences
- Possess strong character with an absolute drive for excellence, a team-oriented spirit, and a commitment to meeting the learning and social-emotional needs of students
- Demonstrate a high level of competency in multiple Mount Vernon Mindsets (Collaborator, Communicator, Creative Thinker, Ethical Decision-Maker, Innovator, and Solution Seeker).
- Embody and advance the mission, vision, and norms of the School
Teaching & Learning Responsibilities
- Knowledge of the curriculum (subject-specific and interdisciplinary connections) of courses being taught and of those throughout the program
- Design and execution of well-planned lessons with appropriate connections within and outside of the classroom (with a focus on integration of subject areas, problem solving, and application)
- Engagement and use of standards-based grading and competency-based learning methods
- Timely maintenance of accurate and comprehensive records of each student's performance and progress
- Care and nurture for the social and emotional needs of each student
- Effective, proactive, and timely verbal and written communication with students and parents pertaining to a child's progress and needs as well as general information
- Maintenance of an organized, inviting, and student-centered learning environment
- Collaboration with colleagues in lesson planning as well as work on school-wide goals
- Active search and participation in professional growth opportunities
- Creation of differentiated lessons to match the needs of each student in the classroom
- Participation on Research, Design, and Iteration teams and faculty meetings working toward school-wide goals
- Participation in duties (e.g. lunch, enrichment and carpool) and others as assigned
Current Pedagogical Influences include:
- Competency-Based Education and Standards-Based Grading
- Project-Based Learning
- Understanding by Design
- Stanford University Design Thinking
- Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero and Visible Thinking Routines
- Comprehensive focus on knowledge, skills, and dispositions
- Neuroscience and human development
- Social and Emotional Learning
- Bachelor’s degree in Humanities education, English, History, or a related field
- Teaching experience preferred
- Proficiency with technological tools and platforms
The faculty and staff of The Mount Vernon School believe the fair and equitable treatment of employees is critical to fulfilling its mission and purpose. It is the policy of The Mount Vernon School to conduct business and provide equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.