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High School Social Studies/History Teacher


Position Type Teacher
Start 07/01/2021
School Name Hyla Middle School
City, State Bainbridge Island, WA 
Posted 09/20/2020

About Hyla

Hyla Middle School is a small school of about 100 students in grades 6, 7, & 8 located on a historic farm on Bainbridge Island – just a short ferry ride across the sound from Seattle. In its 28th year, Hyla has grown to be a strong, trusted, and valued educational institution on Bainbridge Island. After years of strategic planning and research, the Hyla board of trustees has decided to take Hyla to the next phase of its development by expanding the program through high school. Hyla is in the process of recruiting a team of experienced, dynamic, and passionate high school educators to build on the strengths of Hyla Middle School and welcome our first classes of high school students to Hyla beginning in the fall of 2021.

Currently, everything that happens at Hyla is centered around our deep respect for and understanding of the profound and lasting growth that happens during the middle school years – neurobiological, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and academic. We work together collaboratively to honor the unique identity, voice, and path of each child. We believe in personal development as much as academic growth, integrity as much as achievement, and challenge as much as support. We have fun, we get outside a lot, and we love our students.

As we build our high school program, we will take the same close, deep look at the high school years and create an equally unique and indelible program for high school students tailored to meet the very different and specific needs of 9th – 12th graders.

The Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to be a team member of an innovative new division of a well-established school. We are seeking passionate and driven educators who are inspired by the opportunity to have a significant impact on the design and success of this program.

We are looking for teachers who believe in and embody our strategic vision through their planning and practice. Human Relations, Environmental Sustainability, Global Education, and Future-Ready Skills will be meaningful woven throughout content area courses. Learning will reach beyond the campus and take advantage of our surrounding island, city, and region as the grounds for interdisciplinary and experiential learning to extend. Teacher roles will also stretch beyond classroom periods and walls as teachers lead student community, leadership, internship, and Experiential Expedition programs. You will be a member of a collaborative team who will work together to create, maintain, and continue to strengthen this intentional and synergistic high school program.


Job Summary

Hyla is seeking an experienced, energetic, creative, and dedicated 9th - 12th grade Social Studies/History educator.

Every teacher at Hyla will work with a team of educators to build and launch a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary and experiential high school program. Successful candidates will be passionate about working with high school students, have knowledge of current educational practices and strategies, and be able to use flexible and innovative pedagogical techniques appropriate to a variety of learning styles.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education and/or subject area, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least 3 years of subject area teaching experience at the high school level, preferably in independent schools.
  • Extensive professional development in current practices for teaching subject area content.
  • Experience creating, implementing, and developing exceptional interdisciplinary, student-centered, and caring learning environments.
  • Proven ability to create a successfully differentiated curriculum and classroom where every student is challenged and engaged.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, time-management, and organizational skills.

Requirements

  • A genuine love for high school students and passion for Hyla’s mission, values, and vision for the high school.
  • A commitment to investing in, caring for, and educating the whole-child and their academic, social, and emotional growth.
  • An ongoing investment in seeking out and engaging in professional development and growth opportunities.
  • Ability and delight in working collaboratively and supportively in a small, equitable, and inclusive school setting.

Job Responsibilities: High School Teacher

  • Work with the head of school, assistant head of school and in collaboration with Hyla’s curriculum advisory council to create an exceptional high school subject area program for grades 9 - 12 that aligns with best practices and supports the school’s mission and educational initiatives. Actively review, plan, and develop the school's curriculum, both horizontally and vertically.
  • In collaboration with colleagues, develop curriculum for interdisciplinary three-week Experiential Expeditions that occur 2-3 times per year.
  • Develop partnerships with organizations and businesses around the region with the goal of integrating those connections into the curriculum through off-campus experiences.
  • Serve as an advisor for a group of 15 to 20 students.
  • Execute leadership roles as assigned. Responsibilities will be based on interest and skill sets and may include work in admissions, communications and marketing, transportation, technology, service learning, school program management, and facilities management.
  • Communicate in a clear and timely fashion with parents, students, and colleagues.
  • Employ technology to enhance student learning.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and regularly scheduled in-services throughout the year.
  • Participate in a minimum of one week of per year of professional development aligned with school-wide practices or initiatives.
  • Actively participate in the life of the school community.

Compensation:

Salary competitive with similar schools in the Northwest and dependent on experience. Retirement and health insurance benefits are provided. Teachers hired for the 2021-2022 school year will also be receive a stipend for curriculum development and admissions-related work during the 2020-2021 school year.

Application process:

Please submit the following materials to Suzanne Messinger, Head of School, via email at suzannem@hylamiddleschool.org.

  1. Cover letter that describes why the candidate is interested in this school and position specifically
  2. Current resume

If chosen to move forward in the application process, an interview and model lesson will be arranged.

This position will remain open until filled.

Hyla does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, disability, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status in its hiring or employment practices.

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