The Miami Valley School is seeking an upper school biology teacher committed to developing critical and creative thinkers who collaborate and communicate effectively using evidenced-based argumentation. This new faculty member will be joining a department that strives to celebrate the diversity of the MVS community through its differentiated instruction, offers assessments that provide a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning, and integrates coursework with other academic departments and the world at-large. The Science Department takes its charge of inculcating a deep fidelity to the Scientific Method as the fundamental paradigm of rigorous inquiry. The faculty member will teach three sections of biology as well as an additional elective in the life sciences (e.g., anatomy and physiology, microbiology, genetics, or other sub-speciality of biology). In each of these courses, the new faculty member should be dedicated to developing curricula that are culturally-inclusive, rich in relevance to the experiences of students, and rooted in immersive laboratory work.
This new faculty member will establish a supportive and engaging environment for upper school students (grades 9-12), demonstrate the ability to create developmentally appropriate and inclusive curricula, work collaboratively with colleagues and parents, possess excellent communication skills, and demonstrate a teaching proficiency and comfort with a variety of different teaching and learning styles. Additional duties include co-teaching and designing a month-long immersive and interdisciplinary course, which may involve domestic and/or international travel. This teacher may also teach a section of middle school science, depending on enrollment. Ideal candidates will possess prior experience teaching biology in middle and/or upper school settings, advising clubs, coaching athletics, and/or leading student travel learning programs. Candidates without prior teaching experience will also be considered.
Center teaching pedagogy around immersive and experiential learning.
Exhibit a commitment to culturally inclusive curricula and inclusive classroom practices.
Build collaborative partnership with students and parents.
Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through engagement in ongoing professional development.
Teach three sections of upper school biology and an additional elective each semester
Lead/Co-lead an Immersion program in January
Serve as an advisor for a group of 10-12 upper school students
Lead and/or advise extracurricular activities, which include student clubs and athletics
Undergraduate or advanced degree(s) in biology or related field(s)
The desire to work with pre-teen and teenage students in an experiential setting
The Miami Valley School is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any application for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic testing, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.
About The Miami Valley School
The Miami Valley School’s (MVS) mission is to challenge young people of promise to become self-sustaining learners and compassionate global citizens. For a half-century, MVS has provided a unique learning option for families in the Dayton, Ohio community. Here, faculty are educators who are ready to help refine a truly differentiated educational opportunity as MVS becomes a nationally-recognized leader in experience-based learning.