Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.
About Westmark School
Westmark offers a college preparatory curriculum to all of our high school students, helping them find academic success and build confidence. Our teachers make the curriculum accessible to students by matching their teaching approach to individual learning profiles, taking advantage of the assistive technology programs available on the iPad, and creating learning environments that use research-based teaching techniques, skills, and strategies. Through our Executive Functioning program, students learn the time management, organizational, and academic skills needed to find success in each of their classes. Class sizes are small which ensures a constant interaction between students and adults in and outside of the classroom.
Each day we live our mission to inspire students with distinct learning styles to build on their strengths in preparation for a successful college or other post-secondary experiences. Our knowledgeable and caring faculty are skilled professionals who are continually implementing the latest pedagogical best practices to support student learning.
Woven throughout the Upper School program are opportunities to develop confident and resilient young adults who understand themselves as learners and are able to advocate for themselves at Westmark and beyond. In addition to our academic program, we offer many opportunities for students to pursue their interests and strengths. We develop future leaders through participation in Student Council, Eye-to-Eye, and athletics; artists through our arts program within the academic curriculum and creative opportunities such as video making, theater, portfolio creation, and musical performances; and global citizens through our service-learning opportunities, outdoor educational trips, and international trips.
Westmark School’s Science Department seeks a full-time Upper School Science Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year reporting to the Director of the Upper School and is responsible for teaching five that are a combination of Physics and Chemistry as well as advising a group of Upper School students.
Because Westmark School’s curriculum emphasizes a more holistic approach to learning, teachers have the flexibility to utilize content from a wide variety of topics in science to provide strong foundational academic skills. We seek candidates that possess a strong understanding of the current knowledge, research, and best practices for the instruction of high school science.
Teach five science courses in (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) Upper School Science across the grade levels as well as section of Study Hall to students with language-based learning differences;
Serve as an Advisor and present advisory lessons on a weekly basis.
Integrate technology into the curriculum following best practices for special education;
Maintain class PowerSchool page to meet the requirements of Westmark School. Weekly update and post to PowerSchool class grade book;
Communicate with parents, Instructional Coaches, advisor, and Division Director regarding students’ behaviors, academic concerns, and academic progress;
Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences;
Provide a positive environment which encourages students to actively participate in their own learning;
Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and the community; and
Additional responsibilities, as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in the sciences; Master’s degree and 3+years teaching experience at the secondary school level preferred
Credential, graduate degree, or extensive graduate work in the field of Special Education or Learning Differences
Experience guiding/mentoring students outside the classroom
Strong desire to be part of a collaborative team
Knowledge of multi-sensory teaching methodologies
Experience with technology: iPads, Macs, PCs and SMART Technologies
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
Strong organization and time-management skills
Experience with Next Generation Science Standards preferred
Westmark School 5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316
Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.
About Westmark School
Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering, and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.
Located in Encino, CA, Westmark offers competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. We seek talented professionals who are committed to excellence.