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Science Teacher – Lower School

Opportunity to work in a respectful and equitable progressive school founded in 1925. Work in a school that centers around an old Victorian mansion and exquisite oak trees, on a six-acre campus filled with enthusiastic preschool through eighth-graders. Peninsula School is a day school for 250 children 3-14 years of age. As well as addressing the acquisition of academic skills, the school places strong emphasis on the arts. Children are encouraged to express themselves freely and creatively in many ways. They are grouped in multi-age classes with 18-21 children in a class. We have a welcoming and supportive administrative staff, a diverse community of parents, and open minded teachers all dedicated to social justice, a love of children, and inclusivity.
 
The primary responsibility of the Lower School Science Teacher at Peninsula School is to develop and offer a rich science curriculum appropriate to the interests and needs of the children in each class. The purpose of the Science Program is to nurture the joy of learning; foster the playful exploration of science; promote critical, creative and divergent scientific thinking; create learning opportunities for engaging the individual as well as building cooperative collaborations among all students; establish an environment that supports access to materials for analysis and constructing of ideas; and create opportunities for students to see and understand science as an interconnected part of the world and their lives.
 
Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • teach science classes for Nursery through 4th grade students on a regularly scheduled weekly basis
  • teach Afternoon Activities Program* with multi-age groups on a daily basis
  • host field trips in nature as well as in museums (almost weekly)
  • support the garden program (classroom & school gardens)
  • care for animals in the science lab and foster respect & care for them by the children.

When not directly teaching daily science classes or the afternoon Activities Program, the science teacher will spend time in the classrooms in order to get to know the students and learn Peninsula’s core values and beliefs from a variety of perspectives.  Spending time in the classroom with students and colleagues provides the opportunity to:

  • observe developmentally appropriate practices at each level;
  • develop knowledge of important cross-classroom perspectives on skill building and developmental growth of students throughout the school;
  • support the classroom teacher’s goals for individuals and groups of student;
  • foster an ability to add his/her viewpoint during discussions about a particular child;
  • provide support as an additional teacher in the classroom;
  • collaborate with the head teachers.

Other

  • Attend staff meetings, InService meetings, open studio/lab nights and other meetings as applicable to position.
  • Depending on the needs of the teachers, classrooms, and science curriculum, duties also include offering and/or attending field trips, overnights and/or camping trips, and attending parent-teacher conferences or class parent meetings as requested.
  • Build and maintain a safe, equitable and respectful learning environment that honors and values the diversity of the student population.

 

*ACTIVITIES PROGRAM DESCRIPTION *

The Specialty teachers are responsible for developing, planning, and implementing their Activities program. They are responsible for making sure their studio/classroom/space is ready for use.
 
Activities/Studio/Lab Time  Activities/Studio/Lab time is open Monday-Friday 12-3pm. Not all Activities are open on the same days, although many overlap. Most are open 12:30-2:30pm for contact with children, with a half hour preparation and clean up time available before and after.
 
Teacher should be:
-Adept in facilitating group dynamics among mixed ages.
-Available to answer questions, assist with skills, and encourage students developing ideas outside of and in addition to classroom teaching time.
 
Abilities
  Work with multiple ages and mixed age groups.
  Collaborate and work closely with classroom head teachers.
  Teach children in a way that fosters creativity, self-esteem, and self-expression.
  Embrace play as an essential part of learning.
  
QUALIFICATIONS:  Passion for working with children of all ages, highly organized and skilled with developmental milestones and orientation to progressive education, and a deep belief in and love of teaching and learning through hands-on science lessons.  Have the ability to be flexible and work with colleagues to incorporate teacher's & children's interests into the science program, and possess a willingness to look at science through a culturally open-minded lens.  BA/BS required, preferably in the field of Science; and have significant experience in science education and teaching elementary-aged students. 
  
COMPENSATION PACKAGE:
Peninsula’s compensation philosophy is based on balancing the school’s high regard and appreciation for its employees and their contributions to the school with the ongoing effort to keep tuition affordable for as many families as possible.  The school is continually assessing ways to provide as rich a compensation package as possible to its employees within the parameters of its annual budget.
 
The compensation package for 2014-15 is as follows:
 
Salary:  This is an 80% time exempt position, compensated on the Head Teacher salary schedule.
 
Medical Benefits:  The school provides medical insurance coverage through Kaiser Permanente and pays 90% of the premiums for eligible employees.  Dependents may be added to the employee’s policy at employee’s cost.
 
Dental Benefits:  The school provides dental insurance coverage through Delta Dental and pays 90% of the premiums for eligible employees.  Dependents may be added to the employee’s policy at employee’s cost.
 
Retiement Savings Plan and Match:  The school maintains a 403(b) retirement savings plan that allows employees to contribute up to the allowable amount under IRS regulations. Additionally, for eligible employees, the school will provide a matching contribution of up to 5% of the employee’s salary.
 
Time-Off:  The school provides 2 paid personal days, and 10 paid sick days for full-time employees.
 
Flexible Spending Accounts:  The school offers a voluntary flexible spending account, subject to certain IRS regulations and eligibility requirements.
 
Professional Development Fee Reimbursement:  The school sets aside funds each year to provide reimbursement to staff for participation in select continuing education programs relevant to the individual’s role at the school.  If you would like to inquire about whether a program you are interested in attending qualifies for reimbursement, please contact the Director sufficiently in advance of the program.   All teachers are encouraged to take advantage of this program.
 
The benefits described above are provided in accordance with the plans and policies established by the school and are subject to any applicable waiting time and eligibility requirements.  The school reserves the right to modify or amend the plans or policies.
 
TO APPLY:  Peninsula School is an equal opportunity employer and we actively promote the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. We offer competitive compensation and a progressive community dedicated to learning and engaged citizenship.  We encourage people of under represented groups to apply (http://www.peninsulaschool.org/diversity2012.htm). Please send cover letter and resume, in MS word or PDF format, to HR@peninsulaschool.org or fax to (650) 325-1313.

School
Peninsula School
Contact Phone Number
650 325-1584 ext 10
Chris
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