La Jolla Country Day School seeks an experienced Middle School history educator for the 2020-2021 academic year. They are an enthusiastic individual who has a demonstrated passion for learning and for teaching that builds interest in, excitement for, and mastery of the designated curriculum. This individual joins our dynamic Middle School team as an important contributor and valued colleague. During this one year position, they will teach two sections of 7th grade history.
The Ideal Candidate
Possesses a bachelor’s or master’s degree, preferable in a field of history or cultural studies, with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience;
Has experience with multi-disciplinary/interdisciplinary teaching;
Motivates and facilitates student learning;
Is willing to serve as an effective advisor to students;
Communicates effectively with colleagues and parents;
Demonstrates a growth mindset;
Meets curricular and co-curricular duties;
Participates in program curriculum development, vision and pedagogy;
Is loyal to LJCDS mission and vision;
Demonstrates sensitivity to all school constituents.
Provides instruction in varying group sizes and individually in the specified subject matter
Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom
Develops disciplinary and multidisciplinary lesson plans and instructional materials as part of planned learning experiences to motivate students
Evaluates pupil academic and social growth, keeps accurate records, prepares progress reports and communicates with parents on individual pupil progress
Maintains professional competence through participation in in-service education activities provided by the school and/or self-selected professional growth activities
Completes all reports as required, including student evaluation, orders, program evaluation and lesson plans
Attends faculty meetings, grade level meetings, department meetings and team meetings, as required
Administers and scores such tests as may be required by the school
Performs basic attendance accounting as required
Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day as required
Initiates or participates in the Experiential Education Program with students
Performs other duties of an adjunct nature, which are necessary to smooth operation of the school as needed
Familiarity with computers and expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction is required. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Google Drive, Apple TV, On Record, Blackboard, etc.).
The ideal candidate will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance. Please submit (1) a current resume/CV, (2) a cover letter addressing your interest and highlighting your experience for this role, (3) your educational philosophy, and (4) a sample lesson plan.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.