The Park School of Baltimore, Upper School Mathematics

Position ID: Park-TEACHER [#19597]
Position Title: Upper School Mathematics Teacher
Position Location: Baltimore, Maryland 21208, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2023/04/28 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/02/16, listed until 2023/04/28)
Position Description:    

The primary goal of The Park School’s Mathematics Department is to enable students to become more mathematically capable, confident and appreciative. Inquiry and the construction of knowledge are essential elements of each student’s mathematical experience at Park. Classes are opportunities for students to explore interesting problems using important ideas from different areas of mathematics. Training in specific mathematical habits of mind (Tinker, Visualize, Simplify the Problem…) is an ongoing focus in the classroom. 

For example, early in ninth grade the students study arithmetic sequences. They are asked how they might add up the numbers 1-10 without actually adding up the individual numbers. Eventually this generalizes to sequences of arbitrary length and different “common differences.” Students come up with different methods and eventually write their own formula for the sum of an arithmetic series. The teacher facilitates this conversation, perhaps pushing the students to use algebra to show that some of the methods that seem different from one another turn out to be equivalent. 

Over the past several years, the Mathematics Department has written original 9th, 10th, and 11th grade curricula that have a strong emphasis on teaching students problem solving strategies and which encourage student discussion and inquiry. The new materials are being used as texts for all three grade levels. Work to revise and enhance the curricula will continue. It is essential that the new department member brings an enthusiasm for interesting problems, developing lessons, and collaborating with colleagues. Prospective applicants are encouraged to examine lessons from the curricula, available at https://www.parkmath.org/Sample-Lessons.

The position will involve full-time teaching in Park’s Upper School Math Department. A full-time position includes teaching four sections; advising individual students, as well as student committees or activities; school-wide curriculum development in collaboration with colleagues; and involvement in discussion about community issues that affect the entire Upper School. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates should:

  • embrace the school’s progressive philosophy and teaching methods;
  • be able to teach up through calculus and beyond in a manner supportive of our philosophy;
  • have a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a related field (e.g. physics);
  • bring an enthusiasm for interesting problems and for discussing these problems with students;
  • want to engage students in activities that help them to develop and demonstrate an understanding of mathematics; 
  • be flexible and responsive to student needs and willing to adapt lessons accordingly;
  • have a demonstrated openness to supporting our anti-racist action plan;
  • want to participate in mathematics curriculum development and assessment.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Park salaries and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools. For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales. 

In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs:

Faculty and Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program

This program supports summer professional work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.6 million endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate in projects annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process. Most grants are for four weeks; some are for shorter periods. 

Tuition Remission

Under current policy, faculty and staff who have been employed at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All candidates, including faculty children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, faculty may apply for aid through the need-based financial assistance program.)

APPLICATION PROCESS

Send letter of interest, personal statement, and résumé. Please indicate whether you plan to attend any national recruitment forums. Please also indicate whether there are any special circumstances that will affect the timing of your search, availability for interviews, and decisions for the coming year. 

Contact Person:

Priscilla Morales, Associate Head of School
The Park School 
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
academicresources@parkschool.net

The Park School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of any employee’s duties.


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2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
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