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Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
Job Title: Science Teacher Division/Department: Village/Elementary School
Reports To: Science Department Chair Direct Reports: None
Location: Palos Verdes, CA Level/Grade: K-6
Type of position/FLSA: Full-time Exempt
Position Summary for Science Teacher, Village/Elementary School
Elementary science teacher needed with previous experience in science education, deep curriculum and instructional knowledge, and appreciation for and interest in elementary school students. The Chadwick Village School has two classes of approximately 20 students at each grade level in kindergarten through fifth grade. This science teacher will be the Village science specialist, teaching each class in grades K-5 one-two times a week. The Village science teacher has a dedicated lab where students engage in lessons and hands-on inquiry, experiments, and explorations.
In this Village science class, students learn and investigate a broad array of scientific concepts in the physical, biological, and earth/space sciences. Students learn to think and work like scientists: they learn how to engage in frequent lab investigations, keep a lab notebook, ask questions, develop models, test their own ideas, and analyze data. In addition to science-specific knowledge and skills, the Village science curriculum intentionally reinforces grade-level curriculum, such as math and literacy skills.
All Village teachers use a combination of student-centered teaching philosophies in a program focused on building the habits, skills, and attitudes that prepare children for lifelong learning as global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge, and the ability to lead. This program is based on Chadwick's Core Competencies of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, character, courage, cultural competence and Core Values of honesty, compassion, responsibility, fairness, and respect.
Teach K-5 science (2 classes per grade level/1-2 periods a week) backward designed around the Next Generation Science Standards and Practices, including the disciplinary core ideas within the physical, biological, and earth/space sciences
Integrate rich hands-on STEM investigations
Demonstrate a deep understanding of and interest in the developmental nuances of elementary school-aged children and anti-bias teaching practices
Collaborate with grade-level teams, the science department, and the Directors of Teaching and Learning to design a coherent, integrated curriculum that aligns with the Village and science program and scope and sequence
Work with the science department chair, Directors of Teaching and Learning, Village Curriculum Leads, and peers to strengthen pedagogy and take advantage of professional development opportunities
Model the Chadwick Core Values and help provide a joyful, inclusive school experience within and beyond the classroom
Use a whole-child approach that builds classroom community and creates an environment that remains responsive to the strengths and needs of all students
Demonstrate the ability to proactively reflect on and participate in discussions around identity, race, and issues of social justice
Participate in faculty duties, such as student supervision during recess, lunch, and dismissal
Communicate with parents in a timely manner, including report cards and narrative comments twice a year
Collaborate with learning specialist and school counselor on academic, social, or emotional issues
Attend weekly faculty meetings, student support meetings, and professional development days
Assist with back to school events, open house, and concerts when relevant
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree required and Master’s degree recommended; 3 years teaching experience required
Deep interest in and knowledge of foundational science content, Next Generation Science Standards and Practices, and developmental nuances of elementary school-aged children
Strong written and oral communication skills in English
Strong knowledge of pedagogy and educational tools, including Mac and Google platforms
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; joyful, enthusiastic, and reflective colleague
Evidence of lifelong learning and professional development
Knowledge of anti-bias teaching practices, Responsive Classroom, and mindfulness helpful
Screenings: TB assessment and Livescan background check
Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the position
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.