Green Acres School is seeking a teacher of math and science for fifth and sixth grade students.
Green Acres School is an independent, progressive school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade on a beautiful 15-acre campus in North Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, DC. With woods, a stream, athletic fields, playgrounds, and a natural amphitheater, the out-of-doors is an important part of the learning environment. The arts, physical education, and technology are effectively integrated with academic studies in a highly experiential program. In a learning environment that is joyful and supportive as well as challenging, Green Acres School provides authentic learning and leadership experiences. The Washington, DC area also provides many opportunities for rich, off-campus learning. To learn more about Green Acres School, please visit www.greenacres.org.
Send cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and Green Acres School Employment Application form (available at www.greenacres.org) to [email protected] All four items are necessary for an application to be considered. Questions may be addressed to [email protected].
In line with our progressive school mission, the successful candidate as a math teacher will have an approach that cultivates a high degree of math fluency and problem-solving, one that balances an established scope and sequence with interesting and engaging projects. We believe that students are most successful when their ability to “speak and write math” is cultivated alongside their ability to solve problems showing their work. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of how math creates models of our world, and she or he will incorporate that understanding by teaching math not just as abstract problems and theory, but also as it explains and illustrates the world around us.
The successful candidate will also get students doing science. We practice our progressive school values through a hands-on approach to learning, engaging students in the study of science through real-world applications. Kids are on their feet, working in groups, creatively problem-solving, and exercising the skills of active learning. They take nature walks, study the creek that runs through our property, build and launch rockets, participate in a disease outbreak simulation, and design disaster-proof houses. Green Acres has embraced the Maker movement, and our curriculum in middle school engages students actively in coding, robotics, and 3D printing. Likewise, our science program promotes environmental stewardship through gardening projects, environmental exploration and study, and our certification as an MAEOE Green School. Altogether, we want to inspire students in every discipline and seek a science teacher whose creative approach to the real world will motivate kids to think and experiment scientifically, while also building a strong foundation of scientific thought and knowledge.
Across areas, the successful candidate will have the capacity to meet the needs of a range of learners in a relatively heterogeneous setting. Moreover, he or she will have an approach to each discipline that encourages deep knowledge and conceptual fluency. The candidate will also serve as a student advisor, mentoring students in social-emotional learning and acting as a liaison between advisee families and the school. He or she will be asked to accompany students as a chaperone on overnight trips of 3-5 days once a year.
Green Acres seeks an experienced classroom teacher with a background in curricular and pedagogical innovation and teaching experience relevant to this position. The successful candidate will possess the following capacities: a sincere love of working with tweens, a passion for math and science, a love of teaching, curiosity and a growth mindset, the ability to provide differentiated instruction, and an interest in integrating technology into the curriculum. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
About Green Acres School
Founded in 1934, Green Acres School is one of the country’s leading progressive schools. Serving approximately 200 students in grades PK-8, the school occupies a 15-acre campus in North Bethesda, Maryland. Our school focuses on the development of the whole child through an academically challenging program that emphasizes interdisciplinary and experiential learning.
Green Acres School offers a collegial work environment, competitive salaries, and a strong benefits package. Multiple buildings serve Lower School (PK-4) and Middle School (5-8) students; we value the outdoors for ourselves and for our students. Strong understanding of child development is essential for Green Acres teachers. An advanced degree in addition to significant experience with best practices in progressive education is strongly preferred.