Franklin Academy seeks a bright, flexible, detail-oriented, observant, and patient instructor eager to help students develop independent problem-solving skills. The ideal candidate could just as easily use five different ways to teach addition of fractions with different denominators as prove a closed formula for sums of arithmetic series visually, algebraically, and with induction. While passionate about spreading the beauty and wonder of mathematics, this teacher would prioritize helping students build the organizational and social-emotional skills crucial to their long-term success. The ability to sing or dance is appreciated, but not a deal-breaker. We especially welcome applications from candidates who have additional interests in computer science, physics, music, or the visual arts.
The Mathematics department at Franklin Academy offers courses ranging from remedial to advanced, with class sizes of 3 to 8. Teachers are responsible for four core mathematics courses and one elective, which is not necessarily math-based. Most of our students take courses in proportional reasoning, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and probability and statistics. Some students are also eligible to pursue more traditional courses in precalculus, calculus, and statistics as well as math-based electives such as combinatorics, logic, cryptography, number theory, and programming. This position would primarily involve teaching courses ranging from arithmetic and foundational problem solving through algebra and geometry.
All of our mathematics courses dynamically change with the needs of our students. Each year, every course is customized to the specific interests, strengths, and skill gaps of the class. Typically, higher-level courses infuse study and time management skills for bright students who have previously never studied. More remedial courses first build the foundations of number operations, and then teach students how these operations generalize with variables.
Franklin Academy teachers are expected to participate in the total program of this college preparatory boarding school. This includes serving as a member of a teaching team (consisting of six to seven professional educators) that designs and implements a comprehensive program for a group of eighteen to twenty-four students. Specific roles include:
Teaching assigned courses
Performing assigned dormitory duties
Coaching/assisting in life sports and running extracurricular activities
Chaperoning off-campus trips
Serving on Franklin committees
Participating in the school’s professional development and teacher certification program
The successful candidate will be expected to learn Franklin Academy’s competency-based strategy for teaching students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Asperger’s Syndrome, rather than relying on the more traditional drill and practice approach. The goal is to develop and implement specialized teaching strategies that will help our students become effective learners by focusing on improving their academic skills while also addressing each student’s social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.
A minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s Degree in math education, mathematics, physics, or computer science is required. A Master’s Degree with experience in educational settings is preferred.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Salary based on education and experience;
Participation in group health insurance, dental plan, and life insurance programs;
Participation in matched retirement fund (TIAA-CREF);
Use of school facilities, including dining services when available
About Franklin Academy
Franklin Academy offers a college preparatory program designed for students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), and other learning profiles. We serve boarding and day students in grades nine through twelve, and postgraduates. Ninety-five percent of students live on campus, and they come to us from across the country and around the world. The school’s approach to education is non-traditional, and the innovative interdisciplinary curriculum has a primary focus on skill development and the mastery of competencies that enables our students to be successful in college and beyond.
Franklin Academy is located in East Haddam, Connecticut along the beautiful and scenic Connecticut River. Our 75-acre rural campus is situated next to the 700-acre Chapman Pond Preserve, which runs along the river. We are located halfway between Old Saybrook on the Long Island shoreline and Middletown, which is the home of Wesleyan University. We are 40 minutes to Hartford and New Haven and 90 minutes to New York City and Boston.
Our Teachers are the “heart and soul” of Franklin Academy, and we look for teach...ing professionals who are eager to serve students with special needs. Our students are dedicated to learning, but they learn differently than typical students; most are auditory learners who struggle with visual/spatial and visual/motor demands. Given the needs of our students and the round-the-clock responsibilities of a boarding school, we acknowledge that Franklin Academy is not the right school for every educator. However, for aspiring educators who want to learn how to teach, for veterans who want to learn new teaching strategies, and for every teacher who wants to make a positive difference in their students’ lives, Franklin Academy is a great place to live and work.
Our students present a unique set of neurological and behavioral characteristics that make success unlikely in a traditionally structured school environment. Franklin Academy’s task has been to develop a program that allows our students to thrive. Since our program does not fit neatly into a traditional boarding school paradigm, a language-based learning disabilities program, or a more therapeutically structured setting, we have borrowed elements and best practices from all three types of programs, molding useful components into a thoughtfully integrated structure to produce a program that is “gestalt based.” We do not compartmentalize components, differentiating the academic and residential programs; rather, we embrace a holistic philosophy to address each student’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning, identifying what a student needs to learn in order to be successful in college and life.
If you would like more information about the school, please feel free to visit our website at www.fa-ct.org. Thank you very much for your interest in Franklin Academy. We look forward to hearing from you.