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 in to 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 STEM/Science Educator to join our school of inquiry for the 2021-22 school year and report directly to the Head of Upper School. This individual will work with colleagues within STEM and other disciplines to develop authentic, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, inquiry-based learning experiences. Versatility, collaboration, and openness to innovative instructional practices are essential. All faculty members will serve as an advisor and will contribute to the broader life of the School through coaching and/or sponsoring extracurricular programs. Ability to teach one of more of the following is desirable: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Environmental Science, and/or Computer Science.
Faculty at Mount Vernon are inquisitive, nurturing, flexible, and creative. They model lifelong learning for their colleagues and students. They involve themselves in areas of the School beyond their classroom walls. The teacher is responsible for fulfilling all of his/her responsibilities in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the School.
Roles & Responsibilities
Knowledge of the curriculum of courses being taught and of those throughout the science program
Create well-planned nine-week quarters with a focus on problem solving and application
Collaborate within and across disciplines regularly to create rich, project-based learning experiences for students
Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of each student's performance and progress
Nurture the social and emotional needs of each student
Provide effective and timely verbal and written communication with students and parents pertaining to a child's progress and needs as well as general information (through phone calls, newsletters, conferences, and progress reports)
Maintain a collaborative, flexible and interactive learning environment and culture for all students
Collaborate with colleagues in lesson planning as well as work on school wide goals
Actively seek out and participate in professional growth opportunities within the school and beyond
Create differentiated learning opportunities to match the needs of each student
Serve as a member of one of our Research, Design and Iteration teams working toward school wide goals
Fulfill duties as assigned (e.g. lunch, enrichment and carpool)
Be a curious and collaborative educator, dedicated to facilitating and encouraging the growth of students and colleagues
Possess 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
Embody and advance the mission, vision, and norms of the School
Demonstrate a high level of competency in multiple Mount Vernon Mindsets (e.g. Creative Thinker, Solution Seeker, Ethical Decision-Maker, Innovator, Collaborator, Communicator)
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
Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Science or related field; teaching experience; and proficiency with technological tools and platforms.
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 is 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).