Website Mount Tamalpais School
Mount Tamalpais School, MTS, a K-8 independent school serving up to 240 students in Mill Valley, California is looking for a Lower School Homeroom & Humanities teacher.
At MTS, our Mission calls on us to develop “knowledge and goodness” and to be “inspiring and nurturing” in our work as educators. The new Lower School teacher will help students flourish academically and individually, developing the foundations necessary to positively contribute in their ever-expanding spheres of influence. They will work with dedicated colleagues and a dynamic leadership team to develop academic and social-emotional skills within our students, critical thinking, and self-confidence in their individuality. This person will empower our young learners and fuel their wonder, big dreams, and academic prowess. The new Lower School teacher will be asked to teach both academic classes and serve as a homeroom teacher, providing parent communication and support in a complex world.
We seek an individual adept in both creating innovative and engaging lessons, and adapting researched-based curricula to best support the whole child within the classroom. MTS is committed to a diverse and inclusive community. We are seeking a person to add to, and enhance our work in diversity, equity and inclusion as well as cultural competency.
We are focused on integrating project-based learning and technology into our curriculum, and seek an educator who values a wide range of teaching and assessment practices.
Finally, careful planning, a vigilant parent and faculty community, and strong resources make MTS a safe place to teach in 2021-22. We have dramatically limited the number of students teachers see, and utilize our beautiful outdoor spaces on campus. This cohorting coupled with testing, universal face coverings, daily health screenings, and professional-grade air purifiers, has helped us safely reopen on-campus instruction.
MTS is an exciting place to be in 2020-2021, with a phenomenal budget for professional development, new leadership, and a clear vision for the future. A Lower School teacher will thrive who is ready to strengthen our core and provide an academic environment where students feel seen, valued, heard, and well-prepared for their ongoing endeavors.
- Teach Lower School Humanities (reading, writing, social studies); utilize lenses of SEL and DEI within curriculum design and planning
Lead a Homeroom and teach lessons specific to social-emotional learning and DEI
Collaborate with other academic teachers and specialist teachers to develop engaging, student-centered, differentiated lessons
Implement differentiated instruction and structures that support diverse learners
Provide ongoing, formative assessment, and evaluate to inform instruction
Attend to the social-emotional needs of Lower School students and specific interest in this age group
Demonstrate a commitment to raising anti-racist children
Communicate regularly with families as partners in child’s development
Fulfill on-campus duties as assigned to all faculty
- Teachers College Readers & Writers Workshop
Social-Emotional Learning Curricula (Responsive Classroom)
Anti-bias Education and/or Social Justice Standards (Anti-Bias Standards, Pollyanna, Teaching Tolerance/Educators for Justice, etc.)
Technology integration, Project-Based Learning
Small group structures and differentiated, student-centered learning
Comfort with a Distance Learning approach, should one be needed in 2021-2022
- Education and Experience:
A BA or BS in a relevant field. Advanced degree(s) preferred.
Two years of elementary teaching experience
Attend to the social-emotional needs of elementary students, and have a sincere interest in this age group
Commitment to raising anti-racist children and knowledge of anti-bias, identity-safe, and diversity-inclusive practices
Ability to work with a wide range of individuals
Exceptional communication and organizational skills
The ability to work both independently and collaboratively