Middle and Upper School Computer Science Teacher / Robotics Coach

New York, United States | Full-time

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Poly Prep seeks applicants for the position of Middle School Computer Science Teacher & Robotics Coach. We seek a teacher who can enthusiastically and adaptively contextualize computer science to solve real world problems through project-based learning, particularly robotics and design thinking. The ideal candidate will also prioritize recruiting and retaining students with diverse backgrounds who have previously been underrepresented in computer science. This candidate’s competence, integrity, and collegiality will enrich our school and Computer Science Department. Poly Prep’s Computer Science Department has continued to expand over the past few years and is looking to add a versatile, creative, and supportive teacher to its team. A strong desire to promote STEAM programs as well as help students discover and develop interests in technology is imperative.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

Teaching and Coaching: 

  • Teach computer science courses to Middle and Upper School students
  • Form, organize, administer and coach a new after school competitive robotics program/team which will meet a minimum of three times per week
  • Participate and oversee FIRST Robotics
  • Keep accurate grades, effectively and supportively communicate with students and families, and provide written and oral feedback on student progress consistently throughout the school year

 

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Participate in the development of a revised N-12 curriculum featuring vertical and horizontal alignments 
  • Serve as an advisor to a group of 7-10 Middle School students
  • Assist students in shared computer and making spaces
  • Demonstrate energetic commitment to professional development
  • Attend and contribute to meetings during and after the school day, including but not limited to departmental, committee, divisional and grade-level meetings
  • Attend community events throughout the school year
  • Provide technical support for students and faculty when possible

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related disciplines; master’s degree 
preferred

Experience:   Two years of related teaching experience in Middle and/or Upper School      computer science. Experience with robotics, teaching robotics and/or competing in recognized robotics competitions; experience in coaching robotics preferred.          

Specific Skills:  Robotics experience and proficiency in several programming languages required.  Makerspace experience is preferred. 

Poly Prep strives to be an equitable, just, and diverse community, one proud of and deeply committed to empowering students to discover who they are and what they want to be. In keeping with the country day school philosophy, we seek community members who will share a passion for learning in and out of the classroom. Every educator at Poly Prep aspires to uphold our mission “to support and inspire the next diverse generation of leaders and global citizens to act with intelligence, imagination and--above all--character.”

We offer a supportive environment, with a full benefits package  (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a generous match on our 403(b) retirement plan, long-term disability, flexible spending account, pre-tax commute benefit, and free lunch).