St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, located in the Palisades section of northwest Washington, D.C., is a parish day school enrolling more than 500 students on two campuses. The program begins at the three-year-old Nursery level and continues through Grade 8. St. Patrick’s students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine independent schools upon graduation.
The Upper School includes Grades 4 and 5 on the Whitehaven Campus and, beginning in the fall of 2017, Grades 6 through 8 on the MacArthur Campus, located a half mile away. There are approximately 230 students enrolled in the Upper School, one of three divisions (along with the Nursery School and the Lower School) that comprise St. Patrick’s.
St. Patrick’s Grades 6 through 8 faculty and staff features twenty talented individuals, all of them full-time, with some who teach at both the MacArthur Campus and the Whitehaven Campus. Some, like the Grades 7 and 8 humanities teachers, teach students at only one grade level. Others, like the Grades 7 and 8 math, science, Spanish, music, and art teachers and the Grades 5 and 6 science and Spanish teachers, teach across grade levels. The MacArthur Campus Director oversees the daily operation of the campus. The individual who assumes the Grade 7 humanities position will teach the first year of a two-year interdisciplinary course organized thematically around American history and literature, one of the signature programs of the MacArthur Campus.
Teachers arrive at school by 7:40 a.m. in order to prepare for the instructional day, assist with arrival, and confer with their colleagues. Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. Teachers on the MacArthur Campus also perform a range of other duties detailed later in this position description, including serving as advisors to a small number of students.
Like his/her colleagues, the Grade 7 Humanities Teacher is responsible for designing and implementing a curriculum that is consistent with the Day School Mission Statement; builds on an ever-growing knowledge of how young people, particularly adolescents, learn best; and reflects those students’ developmental abilities, needs, styles, and interests. The curriculum should be individualized as much as possible to develop and extend the unique strengths of each student while, at the same time, supporting the needs of each student. The school encourages creativity and innovation in both curriculum and instruction and supports a teacher’s initiatives in broadening and expanding the existing areas of study or instructional methods at a grade level. All teachers are encouraged and expected to stay abreast of current trends and research in education and to apply appropriate strategies and techniques to meet the diverse needs of their students.
A successful candidate for Grade 7 Humanities Teacher will have at least a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in a relevant content field (such as English or history); a proficient knowledge of relevant topics in American history and English, including grammar; a minimum of three to five years of successful teaching experience (middle school teaching preferred); a strong interest in the particular academic and social-emotional needs of adolescents; and successful completion of the required background check.
Candidates for the position of Grade 7 Humanities Teacher should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of at least three professional references to Dan Spector, Assistant Head of School/Head of Upper School, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, D.C., 20007, or email the material to his attention at email@example.com.
The National Council for History Education promotes historical literacy by creating opportunities for teachers and students to benefit from more history, better taught.