St. Paul Academy and Summit School seeks candidates for a Middle School Social Studies Teacher.
About St. Paul Academy and Summit School:
St. Paul Academy and Summit School (SPA) is a coeducational, non-sectarian, college preparatory day school serving more than 920 students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our two campuses are located approximately a mile apart in St. Paul, Minnesota, serving Grades K-5 on our Goodrich Campus and Grades 6-12 on our Randolph Campus. The school draws students from St. Paul, Minneapolis, and throughout the eastern and western suburbs.
Our mission—shaping the minds and the hearts of the people who will change the world—is a promise to our students and our families, and it pushes us to be thoughtful about everything we do. It inspires us to be our best and reminds us that we have the responsibility to respect the unique potential in every child. Our mission gives us purpose and represents our greatest aspirations and values. But most of all, it reflects our deep belief in the talents and capabilities of our students.
For additional information about the school’s curriculum, community, and culture, please visit our website at www.spa.edu.
About the Middle School:
The Middle School at SPA is a place where students in Grades 6-8 experience the transition from childhood to young adulthood safely and surrounded by adults who care. Our culture is defined by our warm and welcoming community, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and our innovative and rigorous curriculum. The Middle School curriculum emphasizes wide-ranging exploration and skill development in specific disciplines, taught by teachers who understand and genuinely enjoy students at this age. Organization and accountability are emphasized, and students learn to take responsibility for managing their work.
In the Middle School, students are challenged to embrace new ideas and think independently. The classroom experience is based on increased academic rigor combined with increased freedom of choice and support for the social/emotional needs of young adolescents is provided using Developmental Designs for Middle School. Finally, the advisory system sets clear standards and expectations for individual behavior and community norms.
Position Begins: August 2021 Status: Full-time, Exempt Department: Instructional Faculty, Middle School
Position Description: Successful candidates should possess the ability to teach Social Studies at the middle school level (grades 6-8) and have a strong background in the Humanities. The primary assignment of the Middle School Social Studies Teacher will be to teach four Middle School courses in social studies and to act as an advisor to a group of Middle School students. The successful candidate will have experience guiding students through content, research, and analysis which emphasizes critical thinking and will be able to teach and conduct discussions in a student-centered way. We seek a candidate who has a demonstrated passion for the humanities and a track record leveraging this passion into effective practices that encourage students to think creatively, engage with ideas deeply, and lead with intellectual curiosity. Collaboration across disciplines and within the social studies department is essential for the success of the teacher as well as the program.
Additional responsibilities include: management and oversight of students throughout the day (including recess, lunch, and quiet study periods), chaperoning of various events throughout the school year, participation in after-school events and overnight trips as assigned, participation in faculty meetings and forums, documentation and development of curriculum, and reporting to families.
Requirements: Demonstrated experience working with adolescents is essential, as are excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Strong candidates will have experience teaching full time in a Middle School environment. A bachelor's degree in History or a related field is required; a Masters degree preferred.
All candidates should be able to advise students effectively and otherwise contribute to the life of the school outside the classroom. Training and experience in Developmental Designs for Middle School preferred. All candidates are expected to carry out the mission of SPA, "Shaping the minds and hearts of the people who will change the world," and to contribute to the life of the school outside of their primary duties and responsibilities.
How to Apply: To apply, please visit our website at www.spa.edu/employment. Please submit the following information with your application to be considered: letter of interest, resume, statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of references.
St. Paul Academy and Summit School is committed to diversity and equal opportunity.