Position Purpose: The middle school faculty is part of the Mountain Academy community and their role is to inspire curiosity, enagement, and leadership through transformative place-based education by providing high quality learning opportunities, based on strong curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Faculty members will prioritize student-centered, personalized learning using place-based principles, whenever possible. The middle school team will build strong relationships with colleagues, students, and families. Within the collaborative work environment of TSS, faculty members should expect to be contributing team members, while also taking the initiative to work autonomously.
Qualifications: • Master's degree preferred • At least 5 years experience in a relevent field • Ability to effectively communicate with internal and external constituents • Strong speaking and written communication skills • Ability to manage risk and make leadership decisions in front and backcountry settings • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products and Google Apps • Familiarity with place-based education preferred
Working Conditions & Physical Requirements: • Combination of indoor and outdoor learning environments • May be expected to work evenings, weekends, or overtime to support special programs/events • Able to drive 15 passenger vans & minibuses with participants • Time spent hiking/camping in front- and back-country settings
Responsibilities: 65% Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment • Teach classes according to identified curricular area(s) • Plan curriculum congruent with MA guidelines; collaborate with cross-campus team to optimize integrated curriculum • Document curriculum and assessment using current Learning Management System (LMS) • Create authentic, competency-based assessments and track student progress • Write quarterly student progress reports • Create student portfolios each year • Administer school-wide learning metrics • Develop curriculum for innovative programming that maximizes opportunities for students • Plan and safely execute multiple extended trips • Establish rapport with students and create a respectful, inclusive, and productive classroom environment • Maintain regular and active communication between parents, students, staff, and administration • Create biweekly classroom newsletter • Work collaboratively within division to support/implement all aspects of program
15% Advisory • Develop advisee character through check-ins, goal-setting, student reflections, monitoring hands-to-work & service learning • Support implementation of social-emotional and leadership curriculum, as appropriate through advisory time • Regularly communicate with advisee families about successes, challenges, and updates • Attend and host parent teacher conferences
15% Team • Collaborate on integrated projects, extended trips, community growth • Complete duties: learning lab, break, lunch, bus, and general community support • Provide internal coverage if substitutes are not available • Take part in Mountain Academy and division faculty meetings • Take part in pre-service and in-service professional development, including professional learning communities • Align with team culture and goals • Support administrative duties associated with successful implementation of program
5% One TSS Responsibilities • Further development of practice and implementation of place based education pedagogies • Take part in various greater TSS programs - PBE symposium, engagement sessions, etc. • Contribute to inclusive work and learning environments through continually developing cultural competency. Cultural Competence is one’s ability to interact effectively across various dimensions of diversity. It lies at the intersection of awareness of others, self-awareness, and applying skills & knowledge to promote inclusion and equity.
This job description is not meant to state or imply that these are the only duties performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their manager in compliance with federal and state laws.
About Mountain Academy of Teton Science Schools
Teton Science Schools' (TSS) mission is to inspire curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education. TSS is an organization in northwest Wyoming and Idaho comprised of six program areas sharing a common vision of education. TSS is deeply rooted in the outdoors as place anchors and enriches our understanding of the world. Our organization has educated, trained and inspired thousands of children, youth and adults, bringing them together through the study of place-based education. We serve students from across Wyoming, the Intermountain West, the nation and around the world.