University Liggett School, an independent, coeducation school for grades PreK3-12, has a long tradition as an outstanding school, known for providing the kind of innovative and exploratory experiences that connect a diverse student body with their learning in dynamic and engaging ways. It is an inspiring place where ideas and possibilities abound. Like any school, there are traditions which form the foundation of our work in the community, and our foundation is strong. Our charge is to be better than good enough, and to understand that risk taking, innovation, and creativity lie at the center of good teaching and learning for our students and our faculty.
University Liggett School seeks a full-time, experienced Lower School Science teacher for grades 1-5. This teacher will guide student skill growth in science, including exploration, discovery, critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, research and reporting. This position includes collaboration and planning with colleagues in all divisions. We seek knowledgeable candidates who love science exploration, have experience with young children, understand their needs and enjoy being in their presence.
Major responsibilities of this position include:
Science instruction for students in first through fifth grade
Support of instructional, emotional, and behavioral needs of individual students
Cooperative instruction integrated with science curricula in conjunction with lower school teachers
Thoughtful implementation, both in person and remotely, of project approach work and best practices for young children
Partnering with parents and students; communicating frequently and effectively
Exploration of innovative teaching theories and practices through ongoing professional development opportunities
Commitment to the application and advancement of The Liggett Approach
Strong classroom management skills which create an environment that promotes respect and integrity
Collaboration with teaching colleagues, administrators, and staff
Promotion of the school mission
Dedication to the science department philosophy with an individualized project-based approach to learning centered on skills and inquiry
A bachelor’s degree in elementary education or science education is required.
A minimum of three years of elementary teaching experience is preferred.
Experience with, or interest in, First Lego League Robotics.
University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law.
Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.
Science Department Philosophy
The Science Department believes the Liggett student should be engaged in science in such a way that they become intellectually curious and are inspired to use their knowledge and skills to affect positive change in their community and throughout the world.
Students will develop into scientifically literate individuals who understand that science is both a process and a body of knowledge. Practicing science in the lab enables students to organize and analyze information. Engaging in laboratory work facilitates a deeper understanding and enhances one’s ability to evaluate explanations.
Students will experience age-appropriate material throughout the curriculum through exploration and active engagement. Their experiences will include place-based learning opportunities, the use of technology, hosting expert visitors, and through the exploration of laboratory investigations and demonstrations, with the student being at the center of their learning opportunities.
Students will learn how to formulate questions, research and explore topics (in a thoughtful and purposeful way), create meaning to their understanding of concepts and communicate their findings to others.
Students will organically cultivate a passion and a skill set to continue their pursuits for future scientific inquiry.
About University Liggett School
A thriving independent school welcoming more than 600 students in grades PK through 12, Liggett is located in the idyllic small town of Grosse Pointe Woods, situated along the banks of scenic Lake St. Clair and 15 minutes from the dynamic city of Detroit. The school is in its 138th year, making it the oldest, coeducational independent school in Michigan. This long tradition of excellence lives alongside substantial academic, athletic, and artistic successes in recent years as the school has shifted toward an innovative curricular and pedagogical approach under the Curriculum for Understanding. This progressive approach ably supports Liggett's mission to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.