Department/Location: Upper School Faculty, St. Louis, MO
Position Type: Full-time, 39-week
Organizational Relationship: Reports to Upper School Principal
Principia is looking for an Upper School Humanities Teacher. In this role, you will teach close reading, critical thinking, global citizenship, media literacy, and problem solving in accordance with the school’s curriculum.
Who We Are
At our award-winning pre-K–12 school in St. Louis, Missouri, and top-ranked Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, Principia faculty and staff make up a close-knit community of educators, coaches, and professionals taking a distinct approach to education—blending academic excellence with Christian Science-based character education. Principia’s team of over 500 employees supports not only Principia School and Principia College, but also a worldwide network of Alumni & Friends.
At Principia School, our core value isLOVE. Love and its attributes underpin our foundational beliefs as well as our educational approach. We focus on developing the whole child—intellectually, physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually, preparing students for the next steps in life. We foster a challenging yet supportive environment where character unfolds naturally, and talent is cultivated through boundless opportunities. Character education plays an essential role in every aspect of the student experience, and classroom work is augmented by character trips, leadership development, and real-world, hands-on, project-based learning.
Principia employees are part of an engaging academic community preparing students to be tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, and changemakers. We strive to create acollaborative and inclusive environment where everyone feels they belong and are valued.
Strong background knowledge and experience in teaching literature and writing skills
Experience designing interdisciplinary learning and building industry/community partnerships
Plans effective lessons that engage student interest and foster transfer
Helps students develop a strong appreciation for critical thinking and communication skills
Employs a range of assessment strategies and gives timely feedback to promote student growth
Displays a strong interest and love for working with high school students
Differentiates to meet educational needs of a wide range of students, helping them all feel successful and reach their unlimited potential
Pursues professional development and looks to apply best educational practices in the classroom; becomes part of a professional learning community where teachers are continually improving teaching and learning
Communicates well and works effectively with colleagues, parents, houseparents, and administrators
Purposefully incorporates a range of technology into instructional strategies
Is willing to travel with students for experiential education opportunities
Serves in role of crew leader, supporting a small group of students academically and socially
Positivity: Optimistic, positive, and focused on elevating and bringing out the very best in themselves and others. Faculty and staff are invited to understand teammates’ strengths and how they can complement each other.
Team players: Ability to collaborate and partner with peers and senior leaders is critical, with an ability to listen, give and receive feedback, and be comfortable exchanging ideas and speaking candidly in a professional and collegial manner
Innovators: Presents a problem-solving mindset that helps our team come up with creative solutions to challenging issues, with a mentality of self-improvement and organizational excellence
Strategic thinkers: Ability to consider complex topics from multiple perspectives and offer innovative solutions.
Student of Christian Science; if not, thenvalues-aligned
Supportive of Principia’s mission, vision, and values as articulated here https://www.principia.edu/about/mission
Bachelor’s degree in English or Humanities
Teaching certification preferred (required within two years of hire date)
Documented teaching experience with high school students
The statements above describe the general nature and level of work but are not a complete list of responsibilities and are subject to change at the discretion of Principia.
Principia, a mission-driven institution, believes every person has the right to an equitable and respectful educational environment and workplace. Principia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender (identity or expression), sexual orientation, family status, disability, age, or military or veteran status.
In hiring, admissions, and related decisions, Principia—as an institution with a religious mission—gives preference, where appropriate, to Christian Scientists.
At Principia School, students are encouraged to embrace their unlimited potential—with curiosity, confidence, and the knowledge that their educational journey will be guided by those who believe in boundless possibility. Every day we “mark the perfect man”(Psalms 37:37). This guides us to see each other as whole and unlimited. We see the good in every student—and because we do, they see the good in themselves. From that starting point, all things are possible.
Job candidates’ overall outlook and approach to life and learning are just as important to us as appropriate qualifications and experience. Principia School seeks individuals who are . . .
Positive: We appreciate team members who are optimistic, positive, and focused on elevating and bringing out the very best in themselves and others. We are a strengths-based organization; faculty and staff are expected to understand teammates’ strengths and how they can complement each other.
Team players: The ability to collaborate and partner with peers and senior administrators is critical. The School has a strong team-centered leadership approach. Staff are expected to be able to listen, give and receive feedback, and be com...fortable exchanging ideas and speaking candidly in a professional and collegial manner. They must bring a constructive outlook to partnering with a wide range of stakeholders—administrators, faculty, coaches, residential life, and central administration.
Innovators: Given our fast-moving, ever-changing world, all School employees are expected to demonstrate a problem-solving mindset that helps our team come up with creative solutions to challenging issues. The School emphasizes continual improvement and expects staff to have a mentality of self-improvement and organizational excellence.
Strategic thinkers: We prize the ability to consider complex topics from multiple perspectives and offer innovative solutions.