High School Chemistry Teacher (20-21)
Independence Academy High School
Intrepid College Prep is a network of free, open-enrollment, public charter schools committed to preparing scholars to excel in selective colleges, earn professional opportunities, and graduate as positive leaders. Our Intrepid Team currently educates nearly 800 students across two schools – Opportunity Academy, serving students in grades 5-8, and Independence Academy, serving students in grades 9-12.
Intrepid College Prep achieves remarkable academic growth for all scholars through our commitment to high expectations and high-quality support. Intrepid has been distinguished as a Reward School by the Tennessee Department of Education twice since our opening in 2013. This is a particularly notable achievement as we serve one of the highest English Language Learner populations among Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Our work grows scholars academically and socially – providing the skill sets needed to be game changing leaders in every facet of the future. Intrepid alumni will transform college campuses and the workforce, raising expectations for academic excellence and ethical leadership.
Teach Chemistry at Independence Academy
Independence Academy provides a Physics First sequence in the sciences, which allows students to bring concepts they’ve learned in physics to the chemistry classroom. Topics covered in the course include physical and chemical properties, the periodic table, the atom and atomic theory, chemical bonding, nomenclature, the concept of the mole, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, solutions, thermodynamics, acids and bases, kinetics, equilibrium, and a brief introduction to organic chemistry.
In Independence Academy science courses, students rediscover the world around them. They learn to ask questions and are challenged to explain their observations. Students develop their own theories, then test and refine them through experimentation. They also share their results with each other to develop a deeper understanding of the natural world.
Tennessee Certification in the appropriate content area, with track record of data-driven achievement.
Chemistry Teacher Duties and Responsibilities
- Internalize, execute, and accommodate our rigorous, college preparatory curriculum.
- Collaborate with leaders and teachers over expanded summer professional development to deeply internalize the rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum including scope and sequence, long-term plan, unit plans.
- Share teaching strategies, visit peer classrooms and analyze academic achievement data daily to develop best practice pedagogy.
- Demonstrated experience or willingness to engage in a community where teaching is public (i.e. engaging in classroom visits, publication and critique of curriculum, observation and feedback cycles).
- Work with our ELL and Scholar Support Teachers to support tremendous academic growth for EL students and students with disabilities.
- Collaborate with Scholar Support Team weekly to develop a plan to meet the needs of all learners.
- Serve as a House Advisor for 10-12 students, including developing relationships with families, monitoring each student’s academic progress and fulfillment of requirements in the Pre-Collegiate Training program.
- Availability to participate in after school programs.
- Availability and willingness to engage in a limited number of optional, evening/weekend student recruitment and parent outreach events.
- Have structured planning time (minimum of 100 minutes) built into the school day to plan the highest quality lessons.
- Other duties as assigned, including bus duty approximately 1 day per month.
Successful Chemistry Teachers possess the following characteristics:
- Intelligent, committed, gritty educators ready for challenge and the dogged pursuit of academic excellence.
- Dedication to educational success for students of color and low-income youth.
- Demonstrated evidence of the ability to reflect and articulate the lessons learned from past experience.
- Demonstrated evidence of strong content knowledge in high school content area taught and ability to articulate the importance of literacy in a well-rounded high school education
- Experience with or demonstrated desire in leading Socratic Seminars and utilizing the Harkness Method.
- Demonstrated ability to formulate higher-order, open-ended questions to lead students in scholarly conversation.
- Demonstrated ability to articulate the criteria for exemplary student work.
- Demonstrated ability to help students overcome conceptual difficulties in a specific content area.
- Demonstrated evidence of excellent classroom management skills and ability to cultivate a rigorous classroom climate.
- Minimum of two years teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred, but not required.
- Highest commitment to improving curriculum and instruction through collaboration, best practices, regular assessment and data analysis.
- Effective communication skills with students, parents, and colleagues.
- Holds a B.A./B.S. degree with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
- Degree in subject area intended to teach (preferred).
- Speaks Spanish or has experience working with bilingual students (preferred).
- Belief in and alignment with Intrepid College Prep’s core beliefs and educational philosophy are non-negotiable.
This position begins in July 2020.
We offer a generous compensation package, including health benefits. All staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated work space, laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies. Compensation is highly competitive; teachers are eligible to participate in the MNPS Retirement System.
Commitment to Diversity
Intrepid College Prep is an equal opportunity employer. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.