Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st St | New York, NY | Lower School Head Science Teacher 2022-2023

Convent of the Sacred Heart is New York City's oldest independent school for girls. As an independent, Catholic school, educating students in Pre-K through 12, we are part of an international network of 160 schools. We are committed to a set of principles shared by all Sacred Heart Schools. Known as the "Goals and Criteria," these principles articulate the core components of a Sacred Heart education and charge our community with a unified educational mission.

At the heart of our philosophy is the belief that each child possesses unique gifts. Our job is to unearth those gifts, nurture them, and empower each child of the Sacred Heart to share those gifts with the global community. Convent of the Sacred Heart is committed to building a community that is anti-racist, anti-bias, fair, inclusive, and welcoming to everyone and seeks candidates who connect to our 
Mission and Goals.

Lower School Head Science Teacher
August 22, 2022
Reports to: Lower School Division Head
FLSA: Non-exempt, full-time

Convent of the Sacred Heart, seeks a Lower School Head Science Teacher to begin in August 2022.
The principal role of the Lower School Head Science Teacher is to teach weekly science lessons to students in Pre-Kindergarten through Fourth Grade and to collaborate with the STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, Math) team. Lessons should aim to cultivate students’ interest in the natural world while teaching age-appropriate content and skills. This is a co-teaching model. There will be two head teachers in the classroom. While both teachers will be present in the classroom and collaborate on the lessons, each teacher is responsible for specific grade levels (in this instance, the teacher would be responsible for PK/JK, Grade 1, and Grade 3). 
  • Have a strong interest and background in Science and STEAM 
  • Demonstrate effective collaboration and communication skills
  • Master’s Degree related to Education and/or Science
  • Passion for working with elementary school students, as well as a solid understanding of child development, including cognitive, social, and emotional development
  • Knowledge of the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and/or standards-based frameworks for developing curriculum
  • Maintain congruence between the school and the mission as articulated in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart schools
  • Provide a warm and inviting classroom community that promotes a positive and productive learning environment in which each student feels a sense of belonging
  • Collaborate effectively with co-teacher on developing and teaching the Pre-K through 4th Grade science curriculum in line with the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria
  • Design age-appropriate, inquiry-based lessons using the latest in science and technology
  • Support students as they conduct scientific investigations 
  • Promote and encourage excitement about the wonders of the natural world
  • Commit to addressing social justice, diversity, equity, and anti-racist, anti-bias education in the curriculum through lessons, actions, and discussions 
  • Select and utilize texts, posters, resources, and language that represent a wide range of identities in daily lessons
  • Implement classroom management strategies to monitor student behavior
  • Utilize technology where appropriate when teaching and planning lessons
  • Differentiate instruction to support group and individual learning, and provide extra support and enrichment as needed
  • Facilitate collaboration among students during small group and partner projects
  • Work with co-teacher and LS Dean of Academics & Faculty Development to maintain an ongoing curriculum map for Lower School Science
  • Collaborate with classroom and specialty teachers to integrate STREAM projects
  • Attend and participate actively in regular STREAM meetings, as well as faculty meetings, professional development days, whole school meetings, and grade-level team meetings as needed
  • Track and assess student progress by communicating with classroom teachers and parents as needed
  • Provide information on individual student progress on twice-yearly report cards and through parent-teacher conferences
  • Plan content-aligned field trips and attend trips as needed
  • Organize and maintain laboratory and materials
  • Prepare the classroom in advance for laboratory activities
  • Perform assigned, ongoing scheduled responsibilities with care (roof duty, lunch duty, dismissal, etc.)
  • Assist in Admissions and Parent Events as needed

It is the policy of Sacred Heart to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. This means that all employees and applicants will be treated on an equal basis without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, military status, Vietnam or other veteran status, sexual orientation, domestic partnership status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, unemployment status or any other status protected by law. In addition to the protected classifications included in our EEO policy, the School also prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on being a certified medical marijuana patient, arrest or conviction, or domestic violence victim status in accordance with state law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including but not limited to: hiring, training, faculty development, promotion, compensation, benefits, educational assistance, employee facilities, termination, and retirement. Any employee who engages in conduct that violates this policy is subject to discipline, up to and including termination.
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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.