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March 16, 2019
7th and 8th Grade History Teacher
Position: 7th and 8th Grade History Teacher

Reports to: Director of Upper School

Position Status: Full-Time, Exempt


Foothill Country Day School seeks a history teacher for 7th and 8th grade beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The ideal candidate will be an experienced history teacher with the subject skills and passion for history necessary to inspire a love of learning in students, and will possess a solid understanding of the connection between students’ academic progress and their social emotional development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Teach to the whole child and prioritize relationships with students
• Demonstrate knowledge and a practice of fostering social emotional health in middle school students
• Teach writing well and maintain a strong emphasis on writing (i.e. very limited fill-in or short answers) as an important feature of the 7th and 8th grade history curricula
• Integrate technology into the student learning experience
• Plan and teach 2 sections of 7th grade United States History I and 2 sections of 8th grade United States History II that incorporate the following elements:
 Critical thinking:
• to think analytically about historical events; how are they connected?
• ask why is a historical topic important; what is its impact?
 Expository writing skills:
• to focus on writing 3-5 paragraph essays based on his/her viewpoint
• to write papers supporting a developed thesis statement/question
 Public speaking:
• be confident and effective in presentations
• articulate his/her point of view in class discussions
 Geography:
• to identify all the major countries of the world
• Provide individual student support during study hall and outside of class hours, as needed
• Serve as an advisor to approximately 10 students for daily check-ins, attendance and weekly implementation of advisory curriculum
• Collaborate closely with colleagues and the division administrators
• Prompt and proactive communication with parents
• Serve as a middle school advisor
• Chaperone outdoor education trips
• Supervise drop-off/pick-up, recesses, etc.
• Participate in admissions-related events
• Conduct parent conferences twice per year and as needed throughout the year
Skills, Qualifications, and Experience:
• Teaching experience in an independent school, preferably at the middle school level
• Demonstrate superior verbal and written communication skills
• Be passionate about teaching history and working with middle school students
Education Requirements:
• Possess 4-year degree from an accredited institution in a humanities-related subject, preferably history
• Possess graduate degree from an accredited institution (preferred but not required)

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Margaret Lofgren, Upper School Director, at [email protected]

Foothill Country Day School provides a competitive wage and an inviting, professional, and collegial working environment and is an equal opportunity employer and abides by all local, state, and federal laws in its interview and employment practices. Physical presence is an essential function of the job.

Margaret Lofgren
[email protected]

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