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High School Physics Teacher

Danville, CA

Full-time Position: High School Physics Teacher
Expected Beginning Date: August 1st, 2013
Application Deadline: 03/1/13

Position Description:
Full-time faculty appointment teaching 9th grade conceptual physics and 12th grade calculus-based advanced physics in The Athenian School’s upper school science department

Key Responsibilities:
In addition to teaching three sections of Conceptual Physics and one section of Advanced Physics, all full-time faculty lead an advisory group of 10 students, supervise boarding students on weekends for about 40 hours throughout the year, and lead a weekend community service trip once a year.

Core Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or at least 3 years teaching experience in relevant field is required; master’s degree and/or teaching credential is preferred

Demonstrated commitment to education for democracy, justice, equity, inclusion, community service, and environmental stewardship

Preferred Qualifications:
At least 3 years teaching experience at the high school level, post graduate degree in physics or other closely related field of study, strong laboratory skills, and proficiency in student-centered experiential learning.

School Description:
The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community. Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 440 students, including 42 boarding students, 30 of whom are international students. We ask that applicants take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy (visit our website:

Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all teaching and professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individual, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.

Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change.

The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status. The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.

Athenian’s salary and benefits are competitive and include medical, vision, and dental insurance, a retirement plan, a smoke-free environment, and a daily prepared lunch.

Please send letter of interest, current resume, and three references via email to:

Address your letter of interest to Dick Bradford, Head of Upper School. Please also include the particular source through which you learned about this position: job search website (which one?), professional referral organization (which one?), Athenian website, friend/colleague, etc.

The Athenian School
Contact Phone Number
925 362 7217