Mounds Park Academy is a PreK-12 independent school in Saint Paul, MN that serves approximately 500 students from throughout the Twin Cities area. For 37 years, Mounds Park Academy has engaged students in a rigorous college preparatory experience that is demanding, but not draining, and goes far beyond memorization. Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world. This is what we call rigor with purpose and it grounds our students in the radical idea that their identity in the world is not measured by a test score, but rather by the depth and decency of their impact on the world.
From its founding, MPA has been committed to embracing diversity, seeking equity, and continually striving to be truly inclusive. As a community, MPA has focused on fostering a safe and inclusive space for all, aspiring to be cognizant of gender-identity and equality, religious understanding, socio-economic diversity, and racial justice. Equity, goodness, and inclusion are embedded in MPA’s mission statement and woven into the very fabric of every aspect of our community’s day.
Mounds Park Academy seeks a full-time Middle School Mathematics teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. More specifically, we are seeking a creative, energetic, and innovative math-passionate teacher who can teach courses ranging from Pre-Algebra to Geometry at both grade level and Honors sections.
Math teachers at MPA are responsible for providing a classroom instructional program that supports the individual needs of all students in accordance with the school’s mission and values and in-line with the curricular scope and sequence. More, our mathematics teachers are well-versed in the most progressive and innovative pedagogies that challenge our students not just to know, but to apply knowledge and understanding in creative and critical ways. Our ideal candidate has an exceptional knowledge of math and math pedagogies, has experience in teaching and working with Middle School students, and has one or more degrees in mathematics, mathematics education, or related fields.
It is expected that a successful candidate would:
Teach grades 6 through 8 in the Middle School (both grade level math and Honors math sections)
Design and implement innovative and engaging curriculum and learning experiences reflective of the most recent MPA Math Curriculum
Thoughtfully attend to and incorporate the spirit of exceptional mathematics thinking, multi-sensory approaches, and research-based instructional practice through collaboration, cross-disciplinary integration, tasks that promote reasoning and mathematical problem solving
Collaborate with department colleagues and faculty across disciplines, with a keen focus on developing strong connection between mathematical understanding and application
Possess a commitment to community engagement and service learning that encourages students to be engaged and active
Supervise, encourage, counsel, and evaluate students as advisor, mentor, and teacher
Create a welcoming, inclusive, and effective classroom environment and attend to students’ social, emotional, and academic well-being
Utilize and incorporate available academic technologies for instruction, assessment, and communication with students and families clearly and consistently
Communicate and work in partnership with students and parents during scheduled conferences and as necessary throughout the academic year
Participate in Mathematics Department and MPA faculty and staff development activities
Show a willingness to contribute to the life of the school outside of the classroom, including but not limited to, attendance at after-school events, committee membership, and extracurricular activities
Serve as a Middle School advisor to support the whole-child approach of MPA
Perform additional duties as needed (serve on school-wide committees, advise a student club, design curriculum, etc.)
In addition, an ideal candidate should possess the following personal and professional qualities:
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal skills
Demonstrable ability to innovate and use effective mathematics teaching practices in classroom instruction and experience with research-based methods (i.e., building procedural fluency from conceptual understanding)
Admirable leadership skills and a desire to serve
Strong collaboration and organization skills
Substantial understanding of the cognitive, social/emotional, and academic needs of the Middle School student
Openness to lifelong learning and continuous professional development
A sense of humor, warmth of personality, and nurturing energy
Flexibility and ability to multi-task in a dynamic, creative, and fast-paced environment
MPA has a long tradition of exceptional participation in various mathematics competitions. An ideal candidate would also have experience and/or interest in leading and coaching our MATHCOUNTS and Minnesota State High School Math League programs at both the Middle and Upper School levels.
Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply as Mounds Park Academy is dedicated to better reflecting our student body and the Twin Cities area through this addition to our exceptional faculty and staff. Information about our school can be found at www.moundsparkacademy.org.
Priority review of application materials will begin on Friday, March 5, 2021. Applications will be accepted until successful candidate is selected.
Mounds Park Academy is an equal opportunity employer.
About Mounds Park Academy
Mounds Park Academy is a PreK-12 private school in Saint Paul that serves nearly 500 students from throughout the Twin Cities area. For 34 years, Mounds Park Academy has engaged students in a rigorous college preparatory experience that is demanding, but not draining, and goes far beyond memorization. Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world. This is what we call rigor with purpose and it grounds our students in the radical idea that their identity in the world is not measured by a test score, but rather by the depth and decency of their impact on the world.