Northwest Academy is looking for a long-term substitute to teach middle school Physical Science (7th grade) and Earth Science (8th grade) beginning February 2, 2015 through May 1, 2015 (first assignment approximate dates); and Life Science (6th grade) beginning May 4, 2015 through June 19, 2015 (second assignment approximate dates). Northwest Academy is a progressive, independent middle school and high school located in downtown Portland. We emphasize proficiency-based curriculum and assessment, high expectations, creativity, and student-centered classrooms. Teachers have significant independence when it comes to motivating students to meet proficiencies and get excited about their subjects.
This is a .833 FTE position for the first assignment and a .333 FTE position for the second assignment. Additional classes may be available during the second assignment depending on qualifications and interest. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching middle school science, as well as a demonstrated passion for teaching middle school students in project-based science classroom environment.
Responsibilities are as follows:
- Teach all assigned classes; maintain an orderly and organized classroom; provide additional out-of-class instruction when necessary for remedial or accelerated work.
- Grade and assess all student work; maintain records of student grades and assessments.
- Communicate with students, parents, and colleagues about classroom matters.
- Attend and actively participate in staff meetings, student conferences, academic advising meetings, grade level meetings, department meetings, Board/Faculty events, Parent/Faculty events, Open Houses, overnight class trips, field trips, in-service days, and Back to School Night.
- Prepare lesson plans and classroom activities to foster student engagement and prepare students for high school (middle school teachers) and post-secondary education (high school teachers.)
- Document conference reports, disciplinary issues, student health and safety issues, and other professional correspondence and reporting.
Minimum qualifications include:
- Earned Bachelor’s Degree, or higher, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
- Expertise in the subject area(s) to be taught;
- Experience in an independent middle and/or high school setting;
- Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills; ability to effectively communicate and work as a team with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students;
- Proficiency with computers, Google Drive, and word processing, database, electronic grading software, and other classroom technologies;
- The ability to create an effective learning environment and interact effectively with people from different cultures and experiences; ability to lead and work with cross-cultural environments;
- An awareness about difference and how it can expand teaching practices and student success; and
- An ability to learn from and build on varying cultural and community norms of students and their families.
Northwest Academy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to welcoming and celebrating a diverse student and faculty population. We believe every employee has the right to work in an environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is the policy of the school that employment decisions for all applicants and employees will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, disability or other characteristics protected under local, state or federal law. No employee will be retaliated against for raising concerns under this policy. We seek each employee’s cooperation and assistance in helping us maintain equal employment opportunity.