Compensation includes competitive benefits including medical and dental benefits, a retirement plan, daily lunch, and salary commensurate with experience.
Annie Wright Schools seek a Middle School Humanities Teacher to teach courses in Individuals & Societies (Social Studies) and Language & Literature (English) to begin on August 22, 2022. This is a full-time position.
Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative, and responsible citizens for a global society.
The Middle School Humanities Teacher is passionate about what they do and who they teach. They make Social Studies (Individuals & Societies) and English (Language & Literature) come alive for their students by asking them to consider both subjects through the dual lenses of mirrors and windows, reflecting inwards and looking beyond. This teacher guides students on the path of inquiry and self-discovery to become reflective, global citizens who can delve into research, think critically, and speak and write powerfully.
Community and strong positive relationships are essential in Middle School; therefore, the Middle School Humanities Teacher must connect with young adolescents of all backgrounds and abilities, to enable them to explore the world from multiple perspectives with eagerness and drive. Compassion and an understanding of the needs of this age group are vital to simultaneously support each student's academic and social-emotional growth and hold them accountable for their actions and choices.
While energy, patience, and a little bit of goofiness are key elements that are indispensable for this position, the Middle School Humanities Teacher is also a team player who thrives in collaborative endeavors, both as an advisor and as a subject specialist. The creation and implementation of interdisciplinary units of inquiry that captivate, inform and stretch our students are essential components of the Middle Years Programme. While experience with the International Baccalaureate (IB) is not a prerequisite, an appreciation of criterion-based grading and the global holistic approach of the IB is important.
Position Overview: Core Duties and Responsibilities
The Middle School Humanities Teacher:
teaches in alignment with the mission and philosophy of Annie Wright Schools and with the International Baccalaureate framework;
designs and teaches Language & Literature and Individuals & Societies in Grade 6 & 7 with an emphasis on interdisciplinary learning; employs strategies to help students develop both their oral and written voices, and engages students in authentic, scholarly research;
collaborates with other faculty, including the Director of Middle School, student Advisors, the Middle School Counselor, and other colleagues to develop programming;
participates in collaborative planning and faculty meetings, serves as a Middle School Advisor, and fulfills other duties as assigned.
The Middle School Humanities Teacher will demonstrate key elements of the listed expertise and experiences. This is an aspirational list and Annie Wright Schools encourages candidates to apply who may not currently possess, but are working on building, all of these qualities. The Middle School Humanities Teacher:
holds a BA in English, Education, or a related field;
is familiar with independent schools and/or the International Baccalaureate framework;
demonstrates success as a teacher at the Middle School level, strengths as a teacher of writing and research, and an interest in interdisciplinary curriculum development;
demonstrates enthusiasm for working with Middle School-aged students and the ability to form authentic relationships with them;
is a strong communicator and empathetic listener;
practices cultural humility in personal interactions;
is organized and flexible;
demonstrates proficiency in educational technologies;
is eligible to work in the United States.
Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time;
Must be able to move comfortably around a classroom, accessing materials and assisting students as needed;
Must be able to communicate and exchange information with students, other teachers, and families.
Annie Wright Schools remain firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Annie Wright shall hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all other employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. Annie Wright Schools are actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and accordingly, applicants of color and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and email and telephone contact information for 3-5 professional references, all in PDF format, to Mrs. Erin Gann, Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In accordance with Annie Wright Schools’ strategic focus on issues related to social justice, candidates should anticipate being asked to address how their past work, as well as future contributions, might serve to advance Annie Wright’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive community. Applications for this position will be accepted until filled.
Tradition meets innovation at Annie Wright Schools, where we honor our rich history and traditions, embrace the present, and continue always to move forward. Founded in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. The Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12, welcoming students from Tacoma and around the world. We are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School, delivering IB programs in every division.