Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart | Bellevue, WA | Middle School Humanities Teacher

Forest Ridge seeks a talented, passionate and engaging Middle School Humanities Teacher to teach middle school humanities and serve as a member of a grade-level team.
Date Posted: 05/10/2022

Date Accepting Applications Through: 07/01/2022

Job Title: Middle School Humanities Teacher

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart provides a diverse and rigorous college preparatory environment that inspires young women to become confident, compassionate leaders. As a member of a global network of more than 150 schools, we educate to the core of our 200-year tradition through the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels one to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart educates young women to think critically, embrace challenges, model resilience, confront injustice, seek equality and lead globally in the pioneering spirit of our foundress. Our graduates change the world.

Forest Ridge seeks a talented, passionate and engaging Middle School Humanities Teacher to teach middle school humanities and serve as a member of a grade-level team.

Underpinning the humanities curriculum at Forest Ridge is the belief that effective communication skills empower students to flourish as capable leaders. We believe that a love of reading and the skill of being a discerning, critical and appreciative reader are intrinsic attributes of life-long learners.

In the middle school, writing is emphasized at every grade level. With an emphasis on process, students practice expressing ideas clearly to a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes. Focusing on critical and creative thinking, each girl develops her own writing voice and practices cultivating powerful responses. Through our skills- and analysis-based reading program, students learn to appreciate the aesthetics of the written word as well as its power to transmit ideas and give voice.

We are looking for an educator who is passionate about teaching adolescent girls, who works well both independently and with a team and who employs a variety of teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of our students. In addition, we are looking for faculty who are excited by the opportunity to build an integrated curriculum, working alongside members of various departments to build lessons, units and courses of study that unite concepts, topics, themes and skills often taught isolated from one another. Furthermore, Forest Ridge seeks faculty and staff whose philosophies align with our Sacred Heart mission and who enthusiastically believe in educating the mind, body and spirit of each student.

The Middle School Humanities Teacher, reporting to the Director of Middle School, will join a collaborative team of colleagues to build a creative, engaging and student-centered learning environment, employing best practices for educating students in an inclusive setting. Specific responsibilities for this position include:
• Teach middle school humanities, which could include social studies, reading and/or writing; specific course assignments will be determined by candidate qualifications and school needs;
• Serve as a member of a grade-level team;
• Provide support for students outside of class time (answering homework questions, providing extra writing help, etc.) as needed;
• Actively collaborate with colleagues to design curriculum, assessment and instructional practices in alignment with best practices to create innovative and equitable learning experiences for all students.
• Update curriculum maps to ensure a realistic and updated scope and sequence of the content, skills and assessments of each course;
• Attend grade-level team and faculty meetings as scheduled;
• Participate in the life of the school community by attending school assemblies, divisional gatherings, school events, etc.
• Attend and respectfully participate in communal prayer and other faith services.

A successful candidate for this position will meet the following requirements and qualifications:
• Experience teaching middle school humanities courses, including social studies, reading and writing;
• A personal understanding of and commitment to the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart education;
• A commitment to working in a girl-centric environment, designed to support the development of competent, confident and courageous women ready to lead in a multi-cultural world;
• A demonstrated understanding of the age-appropriate needs of middle school students;
• A bachelor’s degree in a related field; A master’s degree is preferred.
• Prior experience working with a diverse population of students and colleagues;
• A demonstrated commitment to culturally responsive pedagogy, including an understanding of themselves and the lenses they bring to interactions, as well as the differing perspectives of others.
• A commitment to teaching the whole child;
• An ability to work and communicate well with faculty, staff, students and parents;
• Fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through competitive compensation.

How to Apply: Qualified applicants should email the following documents to • Cover letter • Statement of Educational Philosophy • Updated CV/Resume • List of three professional references

Link to Full Description:
Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.