Position/Title: Upper School Computer Science/Engineering Teacher
Appointment: School Year 2022/2023
Reports To: Director of the Upper School
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.
We are seeking a dynamic and talented teacher who can teach Engineering and Computer Science and direct the school Makerspace. The ideal teacher will create a rich, inquiry-based, learning environment and offer a variety of instruction including lab work, discussions and research projects. They will have the ability to work collaboratively with other STEM teachers and develop and deliver effective lessons that differentiate instruction to a diverse group of learners.
Duties and responsibilities include:
Experience developing inquiry and project based learning assignments for a variety of student competencies
Utilize curricula that reflect the diverse educational, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds of the students served.
Embrace and foster non-conventional, collaborative approaches to teaching and learning through problem-solving methodologies, driven by student inquiry
Experience utilizing hand tools, 3D printers, and laser cutters is preferred
Experience with robotics, especially Vex is desirable
Timely and proactive communication with parents 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
Effective and timely communication with varied school constituencies in person and through email and voicemail
Support of divisional and school-wide initiatives through committee work, where appropriate
Instruction of students as a Dream, Dare, Do or LifeSkills facilitator
Supervision and/or participation in non-academic activities, including lunch, study halls, dances, class trips, etc.
The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor of Science or graduate degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or a Science or related field. Prior experience teaching in a high school setting is an asset and demonstrated experience with curriculum design and development is preferred. Candidates for Laurel teaching positions should be enthusiastic about pedagogy, particularly inquiry-based approaches and differentiated implementation that is best suited to a variety of learners. Successful candidates 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. The candidate must possess or acquire and maintain a State of Ohio issued teaching certificate. The school welcomes the opportunity to continue to find ways to diversify our faculty.
Laurel offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.
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.
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