Upper School Science Position Grades 6 through 9 - The Pike School
What is still possible?
Amidst a most atypical year - a year of metaphorical and concrete loss, of tremendous racial injustice - this is the guiding question Pike has held at its center. These crises, of health and justice, have challenged us to find new ways to best live our mission and vision. Our teachers are at the heart of Pike and have been innovative beyond imagination. They have redesigned lessons and assessments to build connection, inspire curiosity, and sustain growth while six feet apart, masked, or via screens. Our motto, Non Sibi Solum, Not for Oneself Alone, has called each of us to adjust our individual lives for our collective well being. Guided by new policies, our shared sacrifices have helped our community stay healthy and our campus open five days a week, every week thus far. Yet, even in the midst of worldwide disruption, we continue to stretch ourselves to envision a brighter future. As a new school year, a new strategic plan, and a healthier world await us, we believe we are on the cusp of this brighter future, a world more worthy of our children. If you are also looking ahead - inquisitive, hopeful, and eager, would you like to help create the future with us?
Working at Pike means immersing yourself in a student-centered culture and compassionate, diverse community. Opportunities for strategic thinking, innovation and learning are plentiful. If you’re passionate, motivated, and can’t help but dream about what’s possible for all children – we invite you to take a closer look at Pike. The Pike School, an independent elementary school in Andover, MA, serves approximately 450 students in grades pre-kindergarten through nine. Learn more about our commitment to possibility.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter, which addresses how your experience meets theexpectations of the position as stated below.
The opportunity: Upper School (6th-9th Grade) Science Teacher
The Pike School is seeking an Upper School Science Teacher, Grades 6 through 9, beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. The science department consists of a total of three teachers who collaboratively design the best possible experience for their students. This teacher will also be responsible for an advisory group should be prepared to teach students at various grade levels in the Upper School. Collaboration and effective communication are essential skills for this position, as are a sense of humor and joy for working with students in this age group and for all of the subject matter included in the Upper School science curriculum.
Designing, planning, and implementing science instruction for students in multiple grade levels in the Upper School (grades 6-9)
Guiding 8-12 students in an advisor capacity; focusing on the social-emotional and academic development of those students in particular.
Assessing, documenting, and communicating effectively with colleagues and families about student growth and development.
Partnering with administrators, learning services specialists, counselors, and teachers in support of the student learning experience.
Writing narrative reports three times per year to document student progress in regards to Pike’s Essential Outcomes.
Meeting with families for twice-yearly conferences about academic progress and social- emotional development, and on an as-needed basis throughout the year.
As a part of the Upper School program, teachers travel with their students on both day and overnight trips over the course of the year. Teachers are expected to attend overnight experiences with their students or advisees, if applicable.
Desired Qualities and Qualifications:
A passion for working with students in this age group and a record of outstanding teaching as well as thoughtful innovation moderated by a skillful and sensitive approach to change.
Commitment to professional growth, a PLT model for collaboration, and Pike’s values of equity and justice.
Experience in laboratory program development with a particular emphasis on inquiry and skills based activities.
Knowledge of/experience with/a curiosity toward various fields in the sciences (chemistry, biology, environmental and physical sciences).
Knowledge of STEM/STEAM based instruction and integration of technology, specifically iPad.
A growth mindset and the ability to develop positive working relationships with all constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, and administration.
High emotional intelligence and sensitivity to organizational dynamics; exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Desire to work in a dynamic independent school as a team player, eagerly assuming many roles, and devoting the time required to model excellence in job performance.
Intellectual curiosity and a commitment to research/evidence-based practice
The Pike School in Andover, Massachusetts, is an independent day school of 440 students in grades Pre-kindergarten through Grade Nine. The Pike School community represents culturally and socio-economically diverse families from 38 communities. Pike seeks candidates who possess skills in multicultural teaching and leadership practices and a dedication to working in a diverse community. Candidates must also have demonstrated a commitment to collaboration and lifelong learning, as well as an expertise in best practices in elementary education.