Website Marin Horizon School

Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Reports to: Director of Upper School

Since its founding in 1977, Marin Horizon has been providing a challenging and robust academic program combined with character-enhancing life skills. Marin Horizon is a place of creative, active learning built around our commitment to developing each student’s confident voice. Marin Horizon serves about 300 students from toddler through grade eight and is located in Mill Valley, CA.

Marin Horizon School seeks an experienced social studies teacher to begin August 2024. The position requires a background in teaching social studies, history, or humanities,  excellent collaborative and communication skills, and a flexible and positive attitude.


Curriculum, Materials, and Classroom Management

  • Teach content and skills based on Marin Horizon School’s thematic and project-based history curriculum. These include content based on a two-year cycle of world history including Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and United States history. Social Studies classes are mixed age across two grade levels.
  • Establish an inspiring classroom setting that is organized and engaging, with systems and procedures that manage student behavior, movement, and learning.
  • Teach using various methodologies, including demonstrations, discussions, hands-on and project-based experiences, and occasional short lectures. Develop an academic program that allows students to be the leaders of their own learning.
  • Establish a powerful classroom culture where children have high expectations for themselves and for others, are self-motivated and self-directed, and where children value and love learning.
  • Develop and implement individualized learning plans, small and whole group lesson plans, and classroom activities consistent with Marin Horizon instructional guidelines.
  • Collaborate with Marin Horizon team members on curriculum. There is a weekly team meeting that takes place during the school day and a weekly after school faculty/staff meeting.
  • Adapt humanities materials and methods to develop relevant sequential assignments and lesson plans that guide and challenge students based on essential questions. Works in a team with the Language Arts department on an annual Humanities project every spring.

Parent Education, Meetings, and Conferences

  • Provides students and their families with regular and timely information on classroom activities and student progress; finds ways to involve parents/guardians in their students’ education.
  • Prepare documents and reports necessary to facilitate parent-teacher conferences or other meetings requested by parents or school administration.

Record-Keeping and Data Assessment

  • Assesses students regularly (informally and formally), examine assessment data, and refine learning plans to differentiate instruction for each student.
  • Maintain grade books and meet reporting deadlines.
  • Prepare student progress reports and assessment reports in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate with tutors as needed.

Other Responsibilities

  • Serve as an advisor and chaperone on at least one outdoor education trip.
  • Actively participate in professional development.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including being an advisor for one grade.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • 3+ years teaching experience preferred
  • Sensitive to the needs of children from diverse backgrounds
  • Must possess a growth mindset and use feedback to refine practice


  • Anticipated salary range between $76,0000 to $110,000, depending on education and experience
  • Excellent benefits package

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Ben Fussiner, Director of Upper School, at

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