Headwaters School, a Pre-K through grade 12 independent day school serving 450 students across its three campuses in Austin, TX, is seeking a full time Science Teacher in our Middle School for the 2021-2022 academic year. This position is for approximately 33 hours per week and is benefits eligible.
At Headwaters, our teachers nurture a school culture that promotes a growth mindset, a collaborative spirit, a joyful environment, and the achievement of high expectations. Our faculty and staff ensure all members of our school community understand their role in advancing issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Headwaters School supports the professional growth of our school faculty in order to contribute to their feelings of fulfillment, to provide a model of lifelong learning for our students, and to advance the strategic goals of the school.
Our faculty members are responsible for bringing our Purpose statement to life: to cultivate identity formation, foster empathy, and embrace diversity to bring more peace to the world. In addition, they guide our students to live authentically, think expansively, and create bravely. We invite our students, guides, staff, parents, and trustees to be Peacemakers, Advocates, Creators, and Thinkers.
The course load for this position will include teaching three sections of Middle School Life Science courses plus two sections of Environmental Science. Candidates will also be prepared to participate in the life of the school, including, but not limited to supervision of lunch, teaching an elective, coaching, sponsoring a club, serving as an advisor, chaperoning trips, and other duties as assigned by the Middle School Director. Our ideal candidate for this position will be able to teach physical science courses. The Science Guide reports directly to our Middle School Director.
Bachelor's Degree required, degree in science preferred
At least three years prior experience teaching in a middle school setting, preferred
Extensive knowledge and ability to teach Life Science, Environmental Science, and Scientific Methods
Advanced Degree, preferred
Passion for working with middle school aged children
Strong commitment to equity and inclusion practices and curriculum in the classroom
Commitment to personal and professional development
Is a creative individual and team player
Ability to maintain calm and focus
Operates with a high level of integrity, professionalism and organization
Experience integrating technology in pedagogy and the classroom
Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:
Support students through their classroom experience
Research and create curriculum that supports the development of the cognitive, emotional, social, physical and spiritual growth of the child
Maintain communication that supports an understanding of the school's program, develops positive relationships with the school community, and protects the privacy and confidentiality of each student and family in the school community
Maintain an on-going dialogue with the Program Director(s) and Learning Specialist to coordinate curriculum integration and implementation
Establish a positive relationship with parents of the community and maintain regular communication with regard to their child's specific needs, as well as helping to develop an understanding of the film curriculum
Actively participate in school functions, including Open Houses, Parent Orientations, campus fundraisers, etc.
Participate in a regular evaluation process including classroom observations, self evaluations, interim and annual performance evaluations, and annual goal-setting
Manage student behavior in the classroom and on school premises
Serve as an ambassador of the School's mission and philosophy
Perform other duties, as assigned
This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position and compensation is competitive for the greater Austin area. The School offers a wide-range of benefits including generous paid time off, 100% paid medical insurance for the employee, 401(k) retirement plan, on-going professional support and continuing education opportunities, and a unique working environment where you are able to share and receive ongoing feedback. This position reports to the Director of the High School.
Headwaters School welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. As a 501(c)3 non-profit school, Headwaters provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local anti-discrimination law. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. All Employees are responsible for complying with the School’s equal employment opportunity policy.
About Headwaters School
Headwaters School is an independent school in Austin, Texas serving students from early childhood through grade 12. Beginning with a Montessori foundation and progressing to the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme, we cultivate identity formation, foster empathy, and embrace diversity to bring more peace to the world.