Grades 5-8 Technology Teacher

  • Peabody School
  • Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • May 15, 2024
Full time Technology

Job Description

BASIC FUNCTION:
The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic professional with a broad range of subject knowledge and at least three years of experience teaching Technology. We also seek a strong academic background, a passion for teaching middle school students, the ability to develop student interest and enthusiasm for the subject matter, and the acumen to provide challenging and skillfully differentiated instruction for gifted and academically advanced students. Additionally, strong and demonstrable skills in teaching programming is essential. The candidate will have a desire to teach in a progressive, student-centered independent school that values innovative pedagogy and experiential education. An outstanding candidate should be able to demonstrate a track record of innovation, flexibility, collegiality, and student success.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: 
  • Understands the academic, social, and emotional needs of academically advanced/gifted learners, and creates a learning environment that allows them the opportunity to activate their creativity and ingenuity
  • Develops lesson plans, instructional objectives, and instructional materials, and provides individualized and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the students
  • Creates and maintains a learning environment in which all students are actively engaged and are contributing members
  • Facilitates, monitors, and assesses student learning appropriately and effectively
  • Uses a broad repertoire of teaching skills and techniques
  • Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior to achieve an effective learning atmosphere
QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS:
Qualified candidates should have an understanding and the ability to respond to the distinct needs of middle school students as well as:
  • Undergraduate degree in computer science or education-related field. Advanced degrees preferred. 3-5 years of teaching experience, preferably at the middle school level
  • A desire to work with gifted and academically advanced students
  • Significant experience working with technological platforms and computer programming languages (Python, CircuitPython, Onshape)
  • Extensive experience with Google Suite, especially Google Classroom
  • Ability to serve as a technology role model, including ethical use of technology in personal and professional realms
  • Experience in a makerspace setting and familiarity with common tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, paper cutters, as well as low-tech tools
  • Willingness to share management responsibilities of the ENIAC6 Lab
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills with students and parents
  • A high level of energy and a strong, positive classroom presence
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Initiative and ability to collaborate
  • Familiarity with independent school culture
  • Knowledge of and desire to utilize authentic, age-appropriate technology integration
  • Creative, energetic, and positive approach to teaching
  • Comfort with innovative and forward-thinking approaches to instruction
  • A strong commitment to professional growth