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High School Chemistry Teacher

Category: High School Education
School: Stratford School
Location: San Jose, CA
Date Opened: Mar 8, 2023
Job ID: 501

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Stratford School, a subsidiary of Spring Education Group, a leading independent WASC-accredited private school from preschool through 12th grade was founded with a vision of creating an unique, multi-dimensional, educational foundation for children. At Stratford School, we understand every child has his or her own interests and passions and contributes in his or her own way. Our purpose statement speaks for all of us - "Stratford School - Connecting students to their unique futures." Our proven curricula includes our STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) curriculum that was recognized by the White House as a leader in early childhood STEM education. Our steadfast commitment to this vision continues to guide our growth each year. It is the First California school to earn the Carnegie Science Seal of Excellence for STEM.

Stratford Preparatory is seeking qualifiedcandidates for a High School Honors Chemistry Teacher for the 2023-2024 SchoolYear!

Who We Are:

A coeducational private day school serving Grades 6-12, Stratford Preparatorybuilds on 23-years of creating outstanding educational outcomes for ourstudents in Preschool to Grade 9, by expanding Stratford School's missionthrough high school. We started this exciting journey with the relocationof Stratford Raynor Middle School (Grades 6-8) to our new Blackford Avenuecampus in San Jose and welcoming our first class of high school students inGrade 9 in Fall 2022.

Stratford School's purpose, "Connecting students to their unique futures," reflects ourcommitment to show young people how they can successfully and independentlydevelop the knowledge, skills, and depth of character they need to thrive in atransforming world. Stratford Preparatory provides a rigorous and engagingcollege preparatory curriculum that focuses on real-world application ofengineering, technology, and leadership skills, while also providing studentsopportunities to be confident learners, generous in spirit, and eager to followtheir passions.

Stratford Preparatory offers Advanced Placement (AP) and Stratford Advanced Studies (SAS)courses. While we recognize the value of AP as a gold-standard program forcollege admissions, we also believe that in some cases AP courses may actuallylimit the scope, rigor and outcomes of instruction our students are ready for.Teachers are given the flexibility to design SAS courses in ways thatchallenge, interrogate, and combine the deepest possible critical understandingwith the most rigorous application of those concepts and skills. Our academicprograms develop internationally minded, critical-thinking students able totake complex and often disparate knowledge, concepts and skills, and forgethese into new and unique ways of solving problems.

What We're Looking For:

At Stratford Preparatory, teachers change lives. They are genuine, curious,passionate, striving, generous and accountable individuals. They nurture,inspire, engage and challenge students, modeling the path to ethical, happy,purposeful lives in a diverse, multicultural, multilinguistic community wherethe reality and hope of human potential are in action.

In this teaching position, you use your passion for your subject to inspire andteach higher-level content than what is typical of secondary students. You workcollaboratively with other teachers to create a learning culture in whichdiverse perspectives are challenged and tested in an environment of informedthought and collegiality.

As an Honors Chemistry teacher, you will present the material preparing ourstudents for higher education and beyond, in a way that will best enhancestudent understanding and build upon the Grade 6 through 9 NGSS-orientedscience learning. You will collaborate with other teachers to connect the chemistrycurriculum intentionally and systematically with students' learning in subjectsas diverse as mathematics and social studies. The foundational science coursesin biology, chemistry and physics intentionally comprise substantial modernapplication-oriented learning in biotech, nanotech and cleantech, respectively,to not only connect classroom learning to cutting-edge real-world applicationsbut also to illuminate, enhance and transform traditional content. Advancedlabs in each subject give students hands-on experience and opportunities to putconcepts, principles and procedures into practice. Our science teachers arepassionate, engaging and innovative, and our students are eager to learn andgrow.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Teach an Honors Chemistry curriculum, including units on Nanotechnology, and, as a whole, comprising in-class theoretical learning, projects, and laboratory work.
• Establish, maintain and develop the Chemistry and Nanotechnology Lab.
• Develop the AP chemistry curriculum and teach AP Chemistry in the following (2024-25) academic year.
• Collaborate with other teachers and staff members to form a community of smart, talented, and creative people who are passionate and willing to work in a professional and academic environment.
• Construct learning experiences and assessments that challenge students, support the diversity of learners in each classroom, and demonstrate a strong commitment to thedevelopment of complex knowledge and advanced skills.
• Teach higher-level content than grade standards in creative and interactive ways that display your passion for the subject and educate students at an internationally competitivelevel.
• Mentor students to foster academic achievement, personal responsibility, and individuality in all students.
• Keep parents informed about the learning of their children and be proactive in communication with parents.


Our ideal candidate is an experienced professional with the following qualities:
• A bachelor's degree (master's or PhD preferred) in Chemistry or a closely related field.
• At least 2+ years of teaching and training experience at the high school or college level.
• Experience setting up and teaching Chemistry Laboratory work, including in Nanotechnology.
• Ability to absorb, synthesize and present ideas, texts, and concepts with precision and confidence from diverse disciplines.
• Eagerness to build supportive relationships with students in and beyond the classroom.
• Willingness to work actively and collaboratively with colleagues on curriculum development and alignment.
• Willingness to try innovative teaching strategies and formats. Ability to implement differentiated learning/instruction as required.
• Commitment to continuous professional growth and an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
• Ability to create and promote an inclusive learning environment.
• Strong organizational and time management skills

The Nitty Gritty:

Benefits and Salary: The salary for this position is competitive and dependent oneducation and experience. Stratford Preparatory, a Spring Education Groupschool, offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes:
• Career Growth - We believe our people deserve every opportunity to utilize and expand their knowledge and skills, and to share their passions. From our classrooms tocentral operations, our culture is one of continuous learning, mentorship, andprofessional advancement in our schools or across our network.
• Retirement - Your future financial well-being is important to us. We offer a solid 401K plan.
• Health Insurance - We want you to have the care you need. We offer three PPO medical plans to choose from, as well as dental and vision insurance.
• Flexible Spending - Because health, childcare, and travel expenses can add up, we offer an FSA that allows for pre-tax dollars to cover medical, dependent care, and transit.

Note: Spring Education Group, including, but not limited to SEGInc., Stratford Preparatory, and their affiliates (collectively "Company") isan Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants for employment andemployees are provided equal employment opportunities, including inrecruitment, hiring, and assignment, without regard to an actual or perceivedrace, color, religion and religious creed, sex (including pregnancy and relatedconditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital orfamilial status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, geneticinformation, military/veteran status, or any other classification protected byfederal, state, or local law. The Company expressly prohibits any form ofunlawful employee or student harassment or discrimination.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In general, this position requires an individual to frequently walk, stand, sit, squat, stoop, reach, kneel, rise from the floor, twist, listen, read, write, and speak the English language. In addition, this position often requires an individual to carry, lift, use repetitive or fine hand movements, and occasionally push, pull, or bend. This position is regularly required to hear and use clear vision with or without correction.Spring Education Group, including, but not limited to SEG Inc., and their affiliates (collectively "Company") is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants for employment and employees are provided equal employment opportunities, including in recruitment, hiring, and assignment, without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion and religious creed, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital or familial status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military/veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. The Company expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee or student harassment or discrimination.

Other details

  • Job Function: High School Education
  • Pay Type: Salary
  • Employment Indicator: Full Time
  • Min Hiring Rate: $85,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate: $95,000.00
  • Travel Required: Yes
  • Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
  • Job Start Date: Monday, July 24, 2023
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