Preference for teachers with skills and interest in teaching Specials classes (art, music, drama, PE, etc.) as the school grows.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Citizenship, residency, or work visa in the United States are required.
Additional Salary Information: The position includes a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and benefits package including but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, and professional development opportunities.
The Siena School in Oakton, Virginia, is seeking a middle school Language Arts/Social Studies teacher (grades 6-8) who is passionate about teaching and our mission of serving children with dyslexia and similar learning differences. We are looking for highly collaborative teachers committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests. Siena relies heavily on multisensory and differentiated instruction.
The Siena School is one of the nation’s leading independent schools serving bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia (www.thesienaschool.org).
At The Siena School, teachers encourage students' creative expression, incorporate student interest and passions, and develop critical thinking by creating a vibrant, student-centered environment that supports the learning and personal growth of each student. Siena faculty and staff work collaboratively with students, parents and professionals to create a nurturing but rigorous learning environment. We know our children well and engage them on a daily basis in exciting, intellectual dialogue. Through individualized, multisensory instruction, students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners. A positive learning experience inspires our students to have confidence in themselves and their abilities.
Siena teachers work with students in small classes of 10:1 and address individual needs through both small-group and individualized instruction. They are skillful in establishing a strong relationship with students and creating learning opportunities that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their learning needs. Siena's humanities curricula focuses on building written and oral language skills. The successful candidate will have experience providing individualized feedback and support during the writing process, and be proficient in providing experiential instruction that builds knowledge as well as skills. With a passion for their subject, the successful applicant will enjoy working with other educators in a collaborative environment, integrating technology in a 1:1 Chromebook environment.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] No phone inquiries please.
Teaching in-person at the school and via Zoom in synchronous and asynchronous models
Advising students and working with students, parents, and other teachers to fully develop a picture of students’ strengths and learning needs
Creating lesson plans and adapting curriculum to teach language arts and social studies
Regular and consistent communication with students, parents and colleagues
Masters/advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience (preferred), or Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record and demonstrated career interest in education.
Strong language arts/social studies content knowledge and teaching skills.
Promotes joyful student engagement.
Strong interest in the mission of serving students with dyslexia/language-based learning differences.
Experience/comfort level working with middle-school students.
Training or classroom experience in student-advocacy practices, differentiated instruction, and inquiry-based teaching.
Training or classroom experience teaching students with learning differences/dyslexia.
Training in multisensory and individualized teaching approaches is desirable, but not required, since Siena has targeted and ongoing professional development.
The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. With growing enrollment of 130+ students in grades 4-12, including 40% students of color, the school is opening a second campus in Northern Virginia this Fall 2021. The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who are regularly published and have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.The Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] No phone inquiries please.