83 Main Street
Dates of Employment: August 28, 2018 to June 14, 2019
Hours: 3 days per week from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM, and 2 days per week from 8:15 AM to 4:30 PM
Compensation: $26,000 to $30,000 depending upon experience (see details below)
Only U.S. Citizens or those already approved to work in the U.S. should apply. We are unable to help an international candidate get a work visa for this position.
Who We Are
Longview School is like no other. While Longview School certainly has a rigorous pre-K through 12th grade academic program, what makes Longview unique is our supportive community where each student knows and is known by every teacher. In our small classes (2-10 students), teachers make the curriculum relevant by connecting their subjects to the students' lives. This, combined with a hands-on educational approach, inspires students to love learning. Beyond academics, Longview empowers students to become independent and responsible as they participate in our democratically-governed school with a student-led judicial system. Longview's focus on educating the whole child, academically and personally, gives our graduates an undeniable advantage as they transition to college.
The above is what we say about the school, but Longview is of course much more. It is a place created by teachers who often were successful in traditional academic settings, but who believe that education is not filling students' heads with information. Rather, it is about learning to become successful adults. For us, success is measured first and foremost by being able to lead happy lives. Not the sort of happiness that comes with seeming perfection on the outside while there is endless turmoil on the inside. No, the kind of happiness that comes from people knowing themselves well enough to be able to guide their lives towards happiness. The kind of happiness that comes when people have learned the skills to have some control over themselves and their world, having tested their mettle in a safe, supportive environment so that they leave school ready to face what comes next. The kind of happiness possessed by people who have learned independence and responsibility, at the same time that they have learned how to form meaningful and supportive relationships with peers and teachers.
If this is the sort of school you want not only to be a part of, but to have an active role in helping to create, then maybe we have a place for you.
Longview combines aspects of the Sudbury School model with more traditional academic education. So how does that work?
We have 2 educational tracks: the Sudbury track and the Academic track. Each family--parents and kids together--chooses which track is right for the child. On the Academic track, students take classes in English, math, science, social studies, foreign language, and art, in addition to electives. On the Sudbury track, students are able to choose how to fill their time at school. They can take as many or as few classes as they choose, or help to create classes in areas of their special interests. Although the classes cover fairly traditional content, there is a constant focus on hands-on learning, inquiry-based instruction and making the material relevant to students' lives.
Regardless of their track, all students participate in the other aspects of a Sudbury education, which include participation in:
- a truly democratic school (run by School Meeting in which every student and each staff member get one vote);
- a student-run judicial system to resolve conflicts among all community members;
- a system of clerkship jobs in which students share in the real-world work of running and maintaining a school;
- an internship system placing kids in real job settings;
- a student-run chore system in which students take responsibility for keeping the school neat each day.
If you intend to apply for this position, then you will need to learn more about our school. You should definitely watch the videos in our Guided Introduction on our website: www.longviewschool.org.
What We Need
We are looking for a science teacher who is excited by our innovative model and who is nearly bursting with passion for democratic education. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in and designing curriculum for middle school and high school science classes in chemistry, biology, earth science, and/or physics. If the candidate does not have this experience, s/he will need to have the resourcefulness to design curriculum with limited supervision, and so in that case, real-life science experience would be essential. Since our school includes students with a variety of learning challenges as well as typical learners, a special education background is a real plus.
The right person might be
- a person working in the sciences who would love to apply her/his skills teaching;
- a teacher who is tired of working in a restrictive environment with too many students to give each and every student what s/he needs;
- someone who is new to teaching and can’t imagine working in a traditional school;
- a parent who is unwilling to send her/his child(ren) to public school, wants to be a part of their education, and has the background described above;;
- someone retired from teaching who can’t stay away from education but won’t stand for any other place than a school in which the kids are empowered;
- a person with real-life skills who wants to apply her/his knowledge through teaching;
- someone who is uniquely qualified for reasons we haven’t yet considered.
Team players are a must, as we all wear many hats.
What We're Offering
We are hiring for a full time teacher from August 28, 2018 to June 14, 2019. The work hours would be 3 days per week from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM, and 2 days per week from 8:15 AM to 4:30 PM. There may be some addition required community events in the evenings or weekends a few times per year (for which there is no additional compensation).
We are a small, private school with a small budget. Please read this carefully before applying for the position. We are offering a salary ranging from $26,000 - $30,000 based upon experience (this option has no subsidized health insurance -- lower salary with partially school subsidized health insurance is an option). If you have a child/children who you would like to enroll in the school, waived tuition and less salary would be a possibility. If the right candidate does not live in our area (Westchester/Putnam County of New York, about 1 hour north of NYC), support in finding housing could be provided.
How to Apply
Look over our website (www.longviewschool.org) and watch the videos in our Guided Introduction. Then write a letter of interest. Send in your cover letter AND resume by email to email@example.com or by mail to Longview School, 83 Main Street, Brewster, NY 10509.
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:
- holds a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Mathematics, Science, Technology, or Education; or
- holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Science, Technology, or Education and is currently enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program in Mathematics, Science, Technology, or Education.
We are a small, private school with a small budget. Please read this carefully before applying for the position. We are offering a salary ranging from $26,000 - $30,000 based upon experience (this option has no subsidized health insurance -- lower salary with partially school subsidized health insurance is an option). If you have a child/children who you would like to enroll in the school, waived tuition and lower salary would be a possibility. If the right candidate does not live in our area (Westchester/Putnam County of New York, about 1 hour north of NYC), support in finding housing could be provided.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluent in English
Minimum Education Required