Barrie School seeks candidates for the 2020-2021 school year for the position of Physics Teacher & MakerSpace Director, with employment beginning on August 14, 2020.
Established in 1932, Barrie School is one of the most diverse and progressive independent schools in the country. The essential focus of the school is to cultivate excellence, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility in students through an innovative and collaborative approach to education. Barrie School currently serves 300+ students in three divisions: Lower School (with a Montessori approach for students ages 1st to 5th grade) and a project based approach for Middle School (6th to 8th grade) and Upper School (9th to 12th grade).
It is a great time to be joining the Barrie School team -- as our school’s enrollment grew 7% this year and aims to continue to grow at a significant rate in the years ahead. The institution is home to the Barrie Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies -- one of the largest school based training institutes for aspiring teachers in the country -- and Barrie Camp, a day program that serves more than 500+ families each summer.
ABOUT THE POSITION & QUALIFICATIONS
Barrie Middle & Upper School (grades 6-12) is seeking a Physics Teacher & MakerSpace Director for the 2020-2021 academic year. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of teaching experience and a passion for maker programs. In addition, he or she will value project-based learning as a means to engage students meaningfully in real-world and twenty-first century experiences. As part of the freshman conceptual Physics program, students go to NASA Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama where they spend a week learning about what it takes to be an astronaut. Barrie also has three MakerSpaces on campus and the faculty is currently engaged in a partnership with Harvard’s Project Zero related to maker-oriented learning across the curriculum. Barrie has invested heavily in STEAM, with the MakerSpace being a focal point of our program; the Director should love working with students, collaborating with faculty, and using cutting edge technology and teaching practices to support innovative thinkers.
All time scheduled on campus for classes and duties as described below will approximate a full teacher’s load at Barrie Prep.
Teach two sections of Physics to ninth grade students.
Teach three MakerSpace electives to be determined with the Head of Barrie Prep and/or Dean of Studies.
Teach a full-year science science course such as Computer Science or Engineering.
Maintain the machines (three 3D printers and a Glowforge), tools, materials, safe use, and schedule of the MakerSpace.
Create and maintain, with student apprentices, a public repository of tutorials on how to use the machines in the MakerSpace safely, as well as documenting student projects produced in the MakerSpace.
Provide inspiration and support for faculty and students in developing and implementing new innovative learning opportunities.
Serve as adviser for six to twelve students.
Run an Extended Study Week (ESW) program in the spring each academic year.
Perform supervisory and substitute duties as needed in the middle and upper school (i.e. study period, lunch duty, bus duty, car circle, sub-on-call).
Fully participate in the life of the middle and upper school.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Barrie School is located in Silver Spring, Maryland just 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. and within one mile of the Metro subway. Our verdant 45-acre campus of open fields, streams, ponds, forests, and stables provides space for learning, play, and exploration. Barrie School encourages students to develop their own individual interests and talents through hands-on, experiential learning, which promotes 21st-century outcomes, including:
Analytical and Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving
Complex Written and Oral Communication
Leadership and Teamwork
Digital and Quantitative Literacy
Adaptability, Initiative, and Risk-Taking
Integrity and Ethical Decision-Making
Bachelor’s degree in a science-related field required; advanced degree preferred.
At least five years teaching experience in independent or public schools.
Experience teaching Physics and/or Physical Science to eighth and ninth graders with a track record of robust project-based learning experiences.
Knowledge and experience with physical programming, robotics, coding, and wearable technology.
Experience using Laser Cutters, 3D Printers, and a variety of design software.
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Appreciation for and experience working in a diverse educational environment.
About Barrie School
Barrie is a learning institution comprised of three distinct yet mutually supportive divisions: Barrie Montessori (serving students age 18 months through grade 5, and aspiring Montessori educators at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies); Barrie Prep (serving students in grades 6 through 12); and Barrie Camp (a summer day-camp program serving children ages 4 through 14). Barrie's mission is to empower individuals to expand their intellectual abilities, develop creative talents, and discover their passions to make a positive impact in a rapidly changing world.
Barrie serves approximately 330 students, and since our founding in 1932, has maintained a commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. Our extraordinary environment for learning is located on 45 wooded acres just outside Washington, D.C.
At Barrie, faculty appreciate students as individuals. Learning is a hands-on experience for all our students: they are fully engaged in their own education. Each division (Montessori, Prep, and Camp) plays a distinct and valuable role as an integral part of the overall institution; all serve to complement the others and advance the mission of the whole.