Founded in 1972, The Mount Vernon School is a leading private school of inquiry, innovation, and impact.
Anchored in Christian values — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control — relationships at Mount Vernon are foundational to learning. Preparing students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders call us to lean into inclusion, diversity, equity, and action.
Creating and cultivating connections between all people, ideas, and sectors, the School welcomes all learners to wrestle with voices and perspectives that challenge our assumptions, biases, stereotypes, and privileges. Not allowing our differences to divide us requires each of us to engage in honest, vulnerable, and courageous conversations through empathy, reflection, examination, and action. Being real agents of change is a continuous journey.
Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, our trust in each other strengthens our sense of identity, autonomy, and interdependence. As a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact, we are committed to creating and sustaining a school culture where all members feel valued and safe, sharing their authentic selves to design a better world…together.
Mount Vernon School seeks an innovative and collaborative Middle School Life Science teacher for the 2021-22 school year reporting directly to the Head of Middle School. Versatility, collaboration, and openness to innovative instructional practices are essential. Availability to sponsor athletic, artistic, or academic teams/clubs is preferred.
Role & Responsibilities
Knowledge of the curriculum (subject-specific and interdisciplinary connections) of courses being taught and of those throughout the program
Design and execution of well-planned lessons with appropriate connections within and outside of the classroom (with a focus on integration of subject areas, problem solving, and application)
Timely maintenance of accurate and comprehensive records of each student’s performance and progress
Care and nurture for the social and emotional needs of each student
Effective, proactive, and timely verbal and written communication with students and parents pertaining to a child’s progress and needs as well as general information
Maintenance of an organized, inviting, and student-centered learning environment
Collaboration with colleagues in lesson planning as well as work on schoolwide goals
Provide meaningful instruction in a Middle School Life Science course using a variety of research-based and innovative teaching methods
Collaborate with faculty across disciplines to facilitate interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and project-based learning experiences
Active search and participation in professional growth opportunities
Creation of differentiated lessons to match the needs of each student in the classroom
Participation on Research, Design, and Iteration teams and faculty meetings working toward schoolwide goals
Additional faculty duties (e.g. lunch, enrichment and carpool) and others as assigned
Current Pedagogical Influences include:
Competency-Based Education and Standards-Based Grading
Understanding by Design
Stanford University Design Thinking
Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero and Visible Thinking Routines
Comprehensive focus on knowledge, skills, and dispositions
Neuroscience and human development
Bachelor’s degree in science education, life science or related field
Classroom teaching experience and proficiency with technological tools and platforms
Strong character with an absolute drive for excellence, a team-oriented spirit, and a commitment to meeting the learning and social-emotional needs of students
The faculty and staff of The Mount Vernon School believe the fair and equitable treatment of employees is critical to fulfilling its mission and purpose. It is the policy of The Mount Vernon School to conduct business and provide equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
About Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Established in 1972, The Mount Vernon School, serving students in preschool through grade 12, is located in the heart of Sandy Springs within the metropolitan Atlanta area on a 37-acre campus. Throughout the School's rich history, Mount Vernon remains committed to offering an innovative educational experience for students to lead the future with confidence as they confront a fast-paced digitally based global marketplace. Mastering 21st century skills, driven by a vigorous college preparatory environment, reflects the world-class education received by students at Mount Vernon. The School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).