Math/Science Teacher

Blaze is currently seeking a dynamic math/science teaching professional who is dedicated to providing their students a world-class education. In this role, you will help create innovative and dynamic hands-on lessons to supplement a robust core curriculum for our pilot students. The ideal fit will be an individual with a hands-on approach to teaching, a creative approach to inspiring and motivating students, experience in project-based learning, yet possesses a thorough understanding and respect for traditional education as well as Western civilization. Evidence of candidates having a similar background is useful. We are looking for a pioneer among teachers!

Currently, we are working to build our campus as well as create a pilot program so we are ready to apply a proven educational model when the first boarding students arrive. The teaching educator will provide third through sixth-grade day students with rigorous and outstanding math and science activities and experiences designed to increase their intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Enable students to develop advanced competencies and skills necessary to function successfully in society. 

If you are interested in being a key team member in the educational design and implementation of a robust new learning model in elementary education, please contact us today for more information!

 

Education: Bachelors required; Masters preferred.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of classroom teaching experience, elementary education preferred

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Above market salary will be considered for exceptional experience and background.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Description:

 

PRIMARY PURPOSE: 

Provide third through sixth grade students who demonstrate advanced academic potential with rigorous and outstanding learning activities and experiences designed to increase their intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Enable students to develop advanced competencies and skills necessary to function successfully in society. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

 

Education/Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university required
  • Master’s degree from an accredited university preferred
  • Graduate hours focusing on teaching of gifted/talented students preferred
  • Valid teaching certificate appropriate for working with students in grades 3-6 required
  • Demonstrated competency in core academic subject areas required
  • Endorsement and/or training in teaching science and mathematics; (STEM) preferred
  • Training in teaching within a project-based environment preferred

 

Special Knowledge/Skills

  • Knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, and differentiated instruction in elementary core subject areas, especially STEM
  • Knowledge of strategies and material for the education of advanced learners
  • Knowledge of pedagogy that inspires creative and critical thinking in elementary students
  • Understanding of and ability to manage the behaviors of gifted/talented students
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills 

 

Experience

  • At least five years of classroom teaching experience
  • Experience teaching gifted/talented students in academic subject areas preferred
  • Experience working in independent schools, particularly boarding schools, preferred
  • Experience teaching in a multi-grade classroom preferred

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES: 

 

Instructional Strategies 

  • Inspire intellectual curiosity in students who may not have had the opportunity to explore academic subject areas deeply
  • Develop, plan, and implement rich and meaningful lessons that fulfill the required standards, while providing opportunities for academic rigor and challenge
  • Use differentiated instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of academic subject areas and the learning styles and needs of advanced students 
  • Conduct ongoing assessments of students’ readiness, interests, and learning styles and use results to plan instructional activities
  • Work cooperatively with an outstanding team of educators and stakeholders to create curricula and determine instructional goals, objectives, and methods
  • Plan for and supervise teacher aide(s) and/or volunteer(s), as appropriate 
  • Use technology to strengthen the teaching/learning process. 

 

Student Growth and Development 

  • Foster and model respectful discourse 
  • Meet social and emotional needs of advanced students 
  • Help students analyze and improve study methods and habits, increasing their metacognitive abilities. 
  • Increase students’ abilities to work independently
  • Help students realize the value and potential of successful teamwork
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of student achievement through formal and informal testing in order to target specific and individualized learning goals
  • Be a positive role model for students

 

Classroom Management and Organization 

  • Coordinate and participate in the process of identifying students who will attend Blaze School
  • Create a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of advanced students
  • Manage materials, time, and behavior in a differentiated classroom
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities, especially in outdoor environments and in science classroom
  • Assist in selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials

 

Communication 

  • Use effective speaking and writing skills to present information accurately and clearly, displaying the correct use of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents and students
  • Maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues, school leaders, and community members

 

Professional Growth and Development 

  • Understand and support the mission and vision of Blaze School/Blaze Kids Academy
  • Work outside personal comfort zone, while requiring students to do the same
  • Willingness to contribute to two other areas of school life, such as arts education, athletic or extracurricular programs, before/after school programming, or counseling and care of boarding students
  • Participate in professional learning opportunities to improve job-related skills
  • Keep informed of and comply with school policies for classroom teachers 
  • Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required 

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

  • Working and leading student activities in outdoor classrooms
  • Hiking in rugged terrain in varied weather conditions
  • Frequent standing, stooping, bending, pulling, and pushing
  • Moving small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom equipment
  • Maintaining and modeling professional attitude and composure