La Jolla Country Day's Middle School cultivates the maturation of our young scholars in Grades 5–8 in an ever-changing time in their lives. A bridge between the Lower and Upper Schools, the Middle School challenges students within a nurturing environment and provides opportunities to explore a variety of academic offerings, technology, physical education, music, art, community service, and leadership roles. We believe in the education of the whole child—inside and outside of the classroom—and encourage students to develop intellectually as well as into citizens of good character.
We are seeking a passionate, collaborative, experienced math educator for the 2021-2022 academic year to join our Middle School team. They are an enthusiastic individual who has demonstrated a passion for learning and for teaching that builds interest in, excitement for, and mastery of the designed curriculum. In addition, the candidate will be expected to collaborate effectively with colleagues, serve as a student advisor, and contribute to the life of the school in co-curricular areas.
This educator will teach four sections of integrated math and serve as an advisor to a group of 8th grade students, teaching Facing History and Ourselves.
Essential duties include: (1) planning and preparation of materials, classroom instruction and ongoing student assessment; (2) communication with parents, including formal written reports on student progress throughout the year; (3) active, collaborative participation in the work of the department on curriculum development, pedagogy, student assessment, and best practices.
Provides instruction in varying group sizes and individually in the specified subject matter;
Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom;
Develops lesson plans and instructional materials as part of planned learning experiences to motivate pupils;
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;
Creates activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, problem-solving, and the use of technology;
Completes all reports as required, including student evaluation, orders, program evaluation and lesson plans;
Interprets the educational program to parents and other community members through personal conferences, meetings and various media;
Attends faculty meetings, in-service meetings, team meetings, grade level meetings or department meetings;
Administers and scores such tests as may be required by the school;
Performs basic attendance accounting;
Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day as scheduled;
May participate 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.
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in education and/or mathematics with a minimum of five years teaching experience, including Algebra 1
Exhibits excellent communication skills, supportive attitude, and passion for teaching
Participates in departmental curriculum development, vision and pedagogy
Displays a commitment to a student-focused approach to the teaching profession
Engages in professional development opportunities
Actively participates in the life of a school in all its facets
Maintains a growth plan linked to yearly goals
Initiates cooperative efforts to further best practices
Familiarity with computers and expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction is neccesary. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point), Google Apps for Education Suite (Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Forms, etc.), online and virtual teaching platforms, and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Apple TV, On Record, Blackboard, etc.).
The ideal candidate is committed to anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, 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.
To be considered for this role, submit your (1) current resume/CV, (2) a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and your interest in joining the Country Day community, (3) a statement describing 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.