Middle School STEM Lead & Upper School Broadcasting/Media Journalism

  • University School of Jackson (Jackson, TN)
  • Jackson, TN
  • Jun 01, 2022
Full time Teacher

Job Description

University School of Jackson Middle School STEM Lead Teacher

And Upper School Broadcasting/Media Journalism

The University School of Jackson seeks an inspiring, innovative, and inquiry-driven educator to coordinate and teach STEM programs and initiatives beginning in August 2022.  The STEM Lead teacher should exhibit the characteristics of a future-ready educator and demonstrate strong leadership skills by coordinating with science, math, and technology staff, as well as community members, to develop, promote, implement, and evaluate STEM programs and school-wide  initiatives. The STEM Lead Teacher will facilitate student and staff use of STEM Lab resources and should advance the overall school culture by teaching and implementing other 21st century classes, such as broadcasting, podcasting, media journalism, etc.   Additionally, this team member may be asked to serve as an advisor, and may be asked to contribute to the broader life of the school through coaching and/or sponsoring extracurricular programs. 

University School of Jackson is West Tennessee's college preparatory school. It offers a challenging curriculum in a nurturing and safe environment. We educate students from infants through the 12th Grade. From the child-centered environment in the Lower School to the college advanced placement courses in Upper School, USJ offers students an education that will prepare them for college and success in life. Through the fulfillment of our mission and its focus on academic, artistic, and athletic excellence and personal integrity, mutual respect, and lifelong learning, we prepare our graduates to be responsible and informed world citizens.  Visit our website at www.usjbruins.org for more information.

The STEM Coordinator will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to design and lead the development of an effective, integrated STEM curriculum.
  • Embody a passion for STEM in all its forms, such as computational thinking, ethical reasoning, design, creative problem-solving, collaboration, and global-mindedness.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and implement STEM curriculum both in stand alone STEM classes and through interdisciplinary projects and activities.
  • Model a growth mindset and an ability to help students find solutions in unique, joyful ways.
  • Believe that making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process that requires continuous reevaluation in a positive, constructive environment.
  • Lead beyond the STEM lab, investing in digital resources, collaborating with faculty and students, building instructional and community partnerships, and facilitating personalized professional learning.
  • Provide professional development for classroom teachers to encourage design thinking and project-based learning, model various methods for differentiation of instruction techniques, and collaborate with teachers to design and implement interdisciplinary projects.
  • Teach Upper School broadcasting or media class to promote digital literacy, journalism, and/or media marketing.
  • Build relationships with higher education, community members, and organizations for authentic learning opportunities for our students and teachers.
  • Communicate and promote STEM activities to staff, parents, and community.
  • Maintain the STEM lab budget.
  • Possess strong character with an absolute drive for excellence, a team-oriented spirit, and a commitment to meeting the academic, emotional, and social needs of students.
  • Be a curious and collaborative lifelong learner dedicated to facilitating and encouraging the growth of students and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate cooperation and flexibility in performing other related duties as assigned.
  • Follow and comply with written and verbal directions and expectations of the Head of School, Upper School Director, and Middle School Director.

 

Bachelor’s degree is required, teaching licensure preferred. Preferred credentials also include teaching and/or STEM experience and proficiency with technology and robotics. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.   Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter of interest by e-mail to the Middle School Director, Margaret Livingston at mlivingston@usjbruins.org.