Quad Preparatory School

STEM Head Teacher - Lower School (2021-2022 Anticipated Openings)

Updated: March 23, 2021


Classification: Exempt

Reports to: Lower School Academic Director


***We’d love to meet you! Please note that this role is an anticipated opening for the 2021-22 school year. Want to learn more? Come to our Career Night!***


The Quad Preparatory School is an alternative, non-profit, K-12 college preparatory school dedicated to the education of twice-exceptional students, bright and creative children who learn differently. Quad Prep is a young, fast-growing school founded in 2013 that is a vibrant professional and collegial learning community for employees.


The Quad Preparatory School transforms the lives of twice-exceptional people – those who are gifted and learn differently – by redefining the experience of school. Our personalized model fully integrates social and emotional learning with challenging academics, empowering our students to rise to the level of their extraordinary talents. Through our innovative programs we are leading a larger movement in service of both twice-exceptional people and society at large.


Our teachers, clinicians, and staff joined together to craft our statement of values, which we are proud to share:


  • Quad Prep is a kind and joyful learning community where everyone is celebrated for who they are.


  • We ignite students’ strengths and passions and allow for safe academic pursuit at the highest levels by learning from mistakes.


  • We are trustworthy and steadfast, and our high academic expectations challenge students to grow uniquely as people and in the way they learn.


  • We widen our students’ perspectives, giving them the tools to know themselves and find success in the future of their choosing. 


  • We never give up on each other and are driven by the ethos of “not if, but how.”


As Quad Prep is rooted in the community of New York City, we commit, as a matter of justice and equity, that we shall work toward enrolling a student body and employing a staff that fully reflects the makeup of our community.

 

As education at Quad Prep is rooted in the idea that our neurodiverse students are to be proudly celebrated for their unique talents and potential, we commit that the whole self of every individual student, parent, and staff member shall be welcomed, valued, included, and treated always with the deepest respect and empathy.

 

And, as at Quad Prep our community is a single fabric supporting the development of all, we commit that every student shall benefit from the richness of the backgrounds and experiences that make up that fabric, so that they leave Quad fully prepared to engage with the exciting and wonderful diversity of this world.


The Quad Preparatory School is looking for a STEM head teacher for our Lower School (grades 2-5). Teachers will provide academic instruction and social-emotional support to students in collaboration with our clinicians. Teachers have the opportunity to receive mentorship and support from the clinicians as well as the Academic Director and Associate Director.


STEM teachers provide instruction in mathematics and science while integrating engineering skills and technology as appropriate. Singapore Math is our primary math curriculum, with Mystery Science and Inspire Science units providing the bulk of our science scope and sequence.



Expectations:


  • Planning and implementing high-quality, engaging science and math lessons that are differentiated to meet the learning needs of the students.

  • Regularly assessing the students and the curriculum, adapting content and instruction as appropriate; communicating assessment results to parents.

  • Following the professional code and policies of the school and conducting oneself in a way that promotes the mission of the school.

  • Subscribing to and implementing the school’s philosophy of progressive and personalized education for twice-exceptional children.

  • Collaborating with the psychosocial teacher in planning an integrated curriculum for executive functioning and within academic content.

  • Collaborating with the head science teacher and science associate teacher and  Chief Learning Specialist. 

  • Creating and maintaining an orderly and aesthetic learning environment that accounts for students’ social, emotional, and executive functioning needs. 

  • Maintaining accurate records and carefully managed portfolios of student work to illustrate and record progress and achievement.

  • Empowering students to take charge of their learning by providing all necessary scaffolding, modeling, materials, and resources, and consistently maintaining a high level of expectation for student success.

  • Collaborating with other academic staff and psychosocial staff members to plan, integrate, and facilitate cross-curricular, inquiry-based projects.

  • Communicating with parents and guardians to provide feedback on pupils’ academic and social-emotional progress through parent-teacher conferences, written reports, phone calls, and emails.

  • Utilizing Google Suite, in particular Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets.

  • Attending all faculty and staff meetings and required special events (e.g., open houses, Curriculum Night, Carnivale).


Competencies:

  1. Love for working with children

  2. Desire and ability to work with students with special needs

  3. Lesson planning and the ability to provide engaging and personalized instruction

  4. Knowledge of various clinical and academic interventions

  5. Ability to connect with children in grades K-5

  6. Effective oral and written communication skills

  7. A solid understanding of elementary school-age academic, social, and emotional development

  8. Attention to detail

  9. Maintaining confidentiality and privacy

  10. Ethical conduct

  11. Time management and the ability to multitask

  12. Teamwork and collaboration

  13. Patience and flexibility


Work Environment: 

This job operates in a school setting. The school is located on the fourth floor of a building with an elevator. This role requires working in various locations around the school and occasional travel to the Upper School campus approximately two blocks away.


Physical Demands: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position is active and involves standing and walking. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items under 20 pounds. During fire drills, the employee, unless physically unable, will need to use the stairs to go to ground level from the fourth floor. Typing is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time exempt position in an educational facility which is open eight hours a day. Teachers work ten months out of the year according to the academic calendar (late August to late June). Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required. In general, though, hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.


Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation is dependent upon experience and degree obtained. 


At Quad Prep you’ll have access to a full range of benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage; pre-tax transit and dependent care accounts; a 401K match and student loan repayment contributions (after one year of employment); and a range of professional development opportunities, including our First Year Support Program for all new facility and staff; our Leadership Development Institute for those wishing to gain supervisory experience; and a full tuition waiver for candidates wishing to participate in our annual Certificate Program in Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Students.

 

You’ll engage with your colleagues in our ongoing staff wellness groups, relax at our game nights and happy hours, and collaborate in meaningful work as a valued member of our voluntary groups, including our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce; our Staff Ambassador Program; and our Peer Mentorship Program.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in education or related field

  • Experience teaching math and/or science to students in grades 2-5


Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • Master’s in degree in education or related field 

  • Special education training, including training in the area of gifted education

  • Elementary or special education teaching credential

  • Experience with Singapore Math and Mystery Science curricula

  • At least three years experience as a head teacher

  • Experience working with twice-exceptional youth

  • Special education experience


AAP/EEO Statement: The Quad Preparatory School is based on an inclusive philosophy that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, familial status, citizenship, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law in its hiring procedures and policies.