Founded in 2016, Nomad is a progressive, independent school in San Francisco’s Mission district that serves a diverse group of students in humanities, STEM, and making/arts. Nomad is an experiential, play- and project-based program with an emphasis on applied learning out in the real world and a fierce commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Our students, ages 10-14, are intentionally grouped in mixed-age cohorts of 10-12 students. These cohorts spend nearly half of their time outside of our physical classroom space learning from experts, excursions/field trips, and the resources of our community. We travel via foot, our own Nomad school bus, and public transportation. The other half is spent in our inspiring school space in the Mission conducting labs and simulations, working on projects, practicing skills, and learning through hands-on activities. We deeply value and trust our students as people, thinkers, and community members. Please learn more about us at www.sf-nomad.com.
Nomad is an intentionally small school that is constantly evolving--much like a lab school--so candidates must be enthusiastic about wearing many hats.
We are seeking a full-time lead humanities teacher who is passionate about progressive, project-based education, loves collaborating with 10-14 year olds in inquiry and play, and is confident working closely in small teams of colleagues and parents. The ideal candidate for this position has experience teaching language arts and/or social studies to middle-school-aged students. Candidates must be dedicated to active, constructivist pedagogy. Our program immerses students in thematic concepts through frequent excursions and field trips (2x per week), expert-led workshops, individual and small-group projects, rigorous academic preparation, and play. Our educators prioritize utilizing the natural world and larger community as fundamental resources to learning.
Teach confidently and passionately, meeting the individual needs of each student in small classes (10-12 students)
Sustain a culture where all students are valued and seen as unique, dynamic humans
Create an inquiry-based learning environment and hands-on, project-based experiences that promote curiosity, honor the creative expression of students, and drive critical thinking
Plan and execute weekly excursions around the Bay Area for your class of students
Develop and differentiate curriculum, assessments, and projects for all learners
Document class experiences through photographs and weekly narrative updates
Communicate with families regularly and proactively
Facilitate conferences with students and parents that leverage the strengths of students to promote academic, social, and emotional growth
Commit to ongoing professional development
Oversee students in a variety of settings: on field trips, in nature, and in the workshop and ensure safety at all times
Participate in 5-8 evening community events per school year
Assist with the admissions process as needed
May be required to become a certified driver of a passenger van for excursions
Open to integrating new ideas
Flexible planner and facilitator - able to think and act on your feet as interest/need arises
Sense of humor and a love for playing with the students
Strategic, adaptable, and creative thinker
Enthusiasm to be part of a growing program
Passionate maker, machinist, designer, or artist - whatever that means to you
Experience teaching 5th, 6th, 7th, and/or 8th grade language arts and/or social studies
Degree in education or relevant discipline (strongly preferred)
A desire to collaborate with staff to create interdisciplinary learning experiences
Excellent communication skills
Additional Salary Information: Compensation will be competitive relative to experience. Nomad is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse staff, student, and parent community.
About Nomad Middle School
For students in the 5th-8th grades, Nomad is a mobile, project-based school for adventure seekers, dreamers, and doers. Thematic journeys lead students through academic content leading to deep exploration of big ideas. Through meaningful experiences, students practice the process of learning and then apply their new-found knowledge through self-driven projects.
Students learn by engaging with the world around them through regular excursions around the Bay Area, working with nearby experts and understanding that they are meaningful members of their community.