Middle School Computer Teacher
Packer is searching for a teacher with the passion, creativity and teaching skills to inspire the next generation of computer programmers. Our goal is to instill each of our Middle School students with the skills, understanding and experience to realize their own digital visions in code, while also teaching them to be productive, capable and smart users of technology. Because this position teaches every MS student for a semester each year, it has significant impact on the lives and learning of our students and their success in the MS program and beyond.
Our Middle School Computer teacher is responsible for teaching all Middle School computer science classes. This position has the privilege of on-boarding our Middle School students into our 1:1 laptop program. A central part of that is helping them begin to learn the possibilities and responsibilities associated with having their own laptop. Our curriculum in the Middle School begins by building students’ basic computing and computer management skills, while also introducing them to online collaboration with Google Apps and programming with Scratch. From there, it builds through the 6th, 7th and 8th grades, incorporating other programming languages, robotics, digital imaging, app building and digital portfolio creation. The digital fluency students develop in Middle School is critical to their success through their Middle and Upper School careers. This position is instrumental in getting them off to a good start and building a strong foundation.
This position will work hand-in-hand with our MS Technology Integrator and other technical staff to ensure the smooth and effective roll-out of laptops to our 5th grade each year. Likewise, this position also works with our Library and Health departments to coordinate and deliver our Digital Citizenship curriculum within the Middle School.
This full-time, ten-month position reports to the Computer Science Department Head/Director of Technology and Middle School Division Director.
Teach Middle School computer classes (Grades 5-8)
Act as a Middle School advisor and member of multiple grade level teams
Coordinate with grade level teams to adjust the computer science curriculum, as needed, to build student skills required in other MS disciplines.
Administer laptop management skills classes for students needing remediation
Collaborate with the LS and US Technology Specialists to ensure continuity of curriculum and student skills between divisions
Passion and professionalism
2-3 years of teaching experience (minimum)
Master’s degree strongly preferred
A demonstrated ability to develop, implement and document curriculum
Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively as a team player with faculty, administrators, and members of the technology team
Experience teaching Scratch, Alice and other introductory programming environment as well as extending those environments to incorporate hardware (pico boards, robotics, etc.)
Experience with robotics (FIRST Lego League or other) is a significant plus
Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with MS Computer in the subject line of the email.