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Lower School Science Position

Devoted to intellectual inquiry, a collaborative spirit of learning, and an appreciation for the diversity of human experience, The Park School of Baltimore is a community founded on positive expectations of our students and respect for individual differences.

We cultivate children’s innate curiosity by nurturing their interests and engaging them as active participants in their own education.

We support young people in becoming confident questioners and responsible citizens of the world. ~The Park School Mission

The Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school of 814 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Founded in 1912 as one of the early progressive schools, The Park School continues to practice a distinct educational philosophy. The core values today, as in 1912, are a belief in children’s capacity to love learning, to grow academically and emotionally when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers, and to develop self-discipline, confidence, and creative problem-solving skills through deep exploration and constant challenge. At every grade level, from Pre-Kindergarten through Upper School, Park actively encourages questioning and conversation as essential elements of the learning process. The school philosophy emphasizes a belief in positive expectations and expects that students, as they mature, will take increasing responsibility for their own learning.

The Position

The Park School seeks an experienced teacher with a strong science background and a demonstrated commitment to working with elementary students K-5. This full-time position includes teaching as well as co-teaching science with homeroom teachers. In addition, all Lower School faculty are full participants in the life of the division, attending faculty meetings and sharing duties.

Context

Park’s Lower School is committed to progressive principles of education. Respect for children and confidence in their natural capacity to learn — and to enjoy learning — are key. The program at all grade levels centers on experiential learning within an integrated curriculum. Our approach emphasizes open-ended inquiry and problem solving, collaborative projects, and exposure to a wide range of learning activities and materials, anchored by a focus on essential understandings and attention to basic skills. All students study science connected to grade level themes.

Qualifications

  • Orientation to a constructivist approach to science teaching, with emphases compatible with the school’s philosophy.
  • Formal training in science (B.A./B.S. minimum; M.A./M.S. preferred)
  • Knowledge of child development and experience teaching upper elementary age students
  • Knowledge of science pedagogy and curriculum
  • Demonstrated interest in curriculum development, assessment, and differentiated instruction
  • Strong interpersonal skills needed to work collaboratively with other faculty and administrators
  • Flexibility, strong organization, sense of humor

We welcome candidates without previous experience in independent school.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits

Park salaries and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.

In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs:

Faculty and Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program

This program supports summer professional work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.6 million endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate in projects annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process. Grants range in length from one week to four weeks.

Tuition Remission

Under current policy, faculty and staff who have been employed at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All candidates, including employee children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, faculty may apply for aid through the need-based financial assistance program.)

Application Process

Send letter of interest, statement of educational philosophy, and resume. Please indicate whether you plan to attend any national recruitment forums. Please also indicate whether there are any special circumstances that will affect the timing of your search, availability for interviews, and decisions for the coming year.

Contact Person:
Priscilla Morales
Associate Head of School
The Park School of Baltimore
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Telephone: (410) 339-4159
academicresources@parkschool.net

The Park School of Baltimore does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee’s duties.