Science Teacher (High School)
Area(s) of concentration:
- Biology – the science of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena, especially with reference to origin, growth, reproduction, structure, and behavior.
- Chemistry – the science that deals with the composition and properties of substances and various elementary forms of matter.
- Earth Science any of various sciences, as geography, geology, or meteorology, that deal with the earth, its composition, or any of its changing aspects.
- Physics – the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.
- Physical Science any of the natural sciences dealing with inanimate matter or with energy, as physics, chemistry, and astronomy.
Under the general supervision of the School Principal, to develop students’ skills and competence in one or more fields of science, including general science, earth science, biology, physiology, chemistry, and physics; develops students skills and abilities in scientific methods and problem-solving, as well as an understanding of the application of science in the solution of practical problems.
Chemistry Teacher: Teach courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include instruction in the methods of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of both teaching and research.
Biology Teacher: Prepare students for careers in health and science by offering both basic and advanced courses in human and animal biology, as well as the life sciences. Preparation for a career as a biology instructor includes earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education, biology or another related science field and then gaining the appropriate state-issued credentials to teach.
Physics Teacher: Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of both teaching and research.
- Teaches knowledge and skills in one or more fields of science, including general science, earth science, biology, physiology, chemistry, and physics, in accordance with district curriculum.
- Promotes critical and creative thinking and analysis in all related subject areas.
- Promotes a classroom environment that is safe and conducive to individualized and small group instruction, and student learning.
- Develops lesson plans and instructional materials for subject area, and translates lesson plans into learning experiences to develop pertinent sequential assignments, challenge students, and best utilize the available time for instruction.
- Designs learning activities to demonstrate the application of science to everyday existence, including scientific research projects, demonstrations, experiments, and laboratory activities.
- Instructs students in the proper use and care of scientific equipment, chemicals, and plant and animal life.
- Conducts ongoing assessment of student learning and progress, and modifies instructional methods to fit individual student’s needs, including students with special needs; conducts individual and small group instruction as needed.
- Maintains familiarity with district and Delaware State standardized tests for the purpose of adapting curriculum to maximize student achievement on such tests.
- Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.
- Organizes and maintains a system for accurate and complete record-keeping, grading, and reporting for all student activities, achievement and attendance as required by district procedures and applicable laws.
- Encourages parental involvement in students’ education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
- Ensures that student conduct conforms to the school’s standards and school district policies, and establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
- Coordinates with other professional staff members, especially within grade level, and participates in faculty meetings and committees.
- Selects and requisitions appropriate books, instructional aids and other supplies and equipment, maintains inventory records, and ensures equipment is in good working order.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other district office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.
Uses scientific equipment specific to science classroom.
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
- Knowledge of a wide range of science subject areas, including general science, earth science, biology, physiology, chemistry, physics, and other related areas (e.g., mathematics).
- Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
- Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
Works in standard office and school building environments.
Delaware State Certification as a Science Teacher or as required for position (Specific science content area required.)
- Information about Delaware Certification/Licensure can be found on the Delaware Department of Education website: https://deeds.doe.k12.de.us/
- Successful candidates must provide evidence of successful PRAXIS II scores or a valid out of state teaching license. An educator applying for a license in the State of DE with less than 1 year of experience will be placed on an Initial License and will be required to take and pass a Performance Assessment by the end of their 2nd year of teaching. Applicants with one completed year of experience, but less than 4 years of experience will receive an Initial License, and are NOT required to pass a Performance Assessment (with proof of current and valid out of state license). Current holders of an Initial license are exempt from requirements to pass a Performance Assessment.
Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or ability to provide own transportation.
– Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment.
TEMPORARY POSITION: No
Note: All temporary positions will end on June 30th.
NUMBER OF MONTHS/DAYS: 10 Month – 188 Days
Note: Months/days will be pro-rated to start date.
FULL TIME OR PART TIME: Full Time
ELIGIBLE FOR “STATE SHARE” OF BENEFITS: Yes
PENSION ELIGIBLE POSITION: Yes
Teacher Certification – Delaware Code Title 14 Section 1500
NOTE: A minimum of a high school diploma or GED is required for all employees of the Seaford School District.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested and qualified candidates should complete an online application.
NOTE: Currently employed staff members interested and certified/licensed in this position will be given first consideration and should remit a staff transfer request on the Seaford School District website www.seafordbluejays.org no later than the application closing date referenced above.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: All new state employees will be required to participate in the State of Delaware’s Direct Deposit system. With direct deposit, wage and salary payments are deposited in the employee’s bank account via electronic funds transfer.
All final candidates for employment must have a satisfactory criminal background check before being placed on contract/payroll as per State of Delaware regulations. Candidates must call the Delaware State Police at (800) 464-4357 to make an appointment. The cost of the criminal background check is $65 (expense borne by the prospective employee). Final candidates must also receive a satisfactory child protection registry check.
Final candidates must also produce documentation of Mantoux skin test results for entrance to school system.
The State of Delaware has initiated a lag pay policy which means that new employees will receive the first paycheck at the end of the second pay period of work.
The Seaford School District reserves the right to extend or shorten the application and/or interview period, to fill or not fill a position, to modify the job requirements within one’s primary area of certification, and to reject any or all applications for just cause.
The State of Delaware does not discriminate against qualified persons with disabilities in its programs or services. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Human Resource and Public Information Office, at (302) 629-4587, as soon as possible to request an auxiliary aid or service.
The Seaford School District is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination against any employee or applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, marital or handicapped status in accordance with state and federal laws. This policy shall apply to recruitment, employment, and subsequent placement, training, promotion, compensation, tenure and probation, and other terms and conditions of employment over which the district has jurisdiction. Inquiries should be directed to: Director of Personnel, 390 North Market Street Ext., Seaford, DE 19973. Phone: (302) 629-4587.
DISCLAIMER: If there is any conflict in interpretation between this posting and information from the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Department of Education prevails.
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