Job Opening for 2023-2024
Montessori Middle School STEM Teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona, US
Teachers who want to change the world come to the Academy of Thought and Industry. Come join a middle and high school program that emphasizes history, humanism, and heroism in all things: come be part of a school that is changing the face of education.
We are looking for a Middle School STEM Teacher for the 2023 school year. Apply today and join our wonderful community!
Changing the world is in our DNA. Our organization was founded to do just that—a group of educators and likeminded individuals had caught a glimpse of what could be possible in education, and wanted to bring it to the world. Education today is filled with false alternatives. We disrupt them all. Our vision is a classroom where students plumb the depths of human knowledge and aspire to the height of intellectualism—and do it all at their own self-direction. Do you believe that there is critical, life-shaping knowledge that children desperately need—but also believe that they need to be in the driver’s seat when they pursue it? Then the Academy of Thought and Industry is the place for you.
ATI is a network of Montessori-inspired middle and high schools, including both brick and mortar campuses and a fully virtual program. Our Montessori approach means we believe in promoting each student’s individual agency. This includes open-ended, free work periods, where students choose what to work on and work at their own pace. We bring structure to that through a coaching-based approach that helps students plan their own goals for the day and week, using adults as guides and accountability partners.
This approach takes work to learn, so you’ll need to come in with that attitude. It also takes flexibility and a willingness to experiment. You will be joining a team of ambitious, creative, and inspiring educators and a fast-paced organization with opportunities for growth and development.
Work with ATI program experts to apply and individualize the ATI curriculum for your classroom
Facilitate student progression through the history and literature coursework through regular feedback and assessment and opportunities to apply these topics in interdisciplinary projects and real-world problems
Hold high standards of excellence, while individualizing and supporting a student’s unique needs
1:1 coaching to a cohort of students where you are fully invested in all aspects of their personal, academic, and social development
Establishing and modeling a strong, supportive community that upholds ATI’s core values at all times
Working closely with your colleagues on campus and throughout the ATI network to continually improve the program and support our students
Partner with parents to ensure students are fully supported at home and at school.
For new ATI guides who are not certified in Montessori adolescent education, you will participate in a school-sponsored 20-month adolescent guide preparation course through the Prepared Montessorian Institute leading to a widely-accepted MACTE Montessori Credential. This professional development requirement offers guides the comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, as well as mentorship, to become successful practitioners of the Montessori Method with students ages 12-18.
We would love to talk to you if you:
Have a demonstrated passion for these subjects, preferably in conjunction with a BS+ advanced degree or professional experience in a career in a math or science field
Have exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Are looking to co-create a vibrant, thriving, loving school community
Are an experienced mentor, coach, or advisor of adolescents who wants to help individual students explore their passions, overcome challenges, and surpass expectations
Have a deep commitment to the pursuit of truth
Are interested in joining a growing, evolving, and ambitious educational program
We strongly encourage and welcome people from all educational and professional backgrounds to apply for this opportunity and join our unique community. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. What unites us is a passion for our subject matter and a deep reverence for and belief in our students.
We strongly encourage and welcome people from all backgrounds to apply for this opportunity and join our unique community. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.
Our culture is built on five core values:
The Pursuit of Truth: We pursue knowledge not as an academic exercise, but to improve our judgement and actions in the world. We believe that understanding what is true matters, and we pursue deeper understanding whenever possible.
The Power of Agency: We believe that human beings, using their reason, judgment, and passion, are capable of leading self-directed lives of profound meaning and worth. We seek to develop and exercise our capacity to act with purpose, integrity, and conviction in pursuit of our aspirations.
The Love of Work: Purposeful work is central to a life well-lived. In choosing our work, we direct our energies intentionally toward our goals, bring structure and focus to our lives, and reshape our worlds. Through cultivating our capacity for work, as well as our appreciation of the rewards of work well done, we develop a character capable of genuine effort and great achievement.
The Joy of Community: We recognize the value of deep, honest relationships, and we offer others an authentic self that makes such relationships possible. We enliven and enrich each other through our choice to share norms, practices and expectations. In doing so, we experience the joy of belonging and develop a deep and abiding sense of love and responsibility for the communities we embrace.
The Courage to Live Wholeheartedly: To fully engage with the world requires a tremendous amount of vulnerability and moral courage. In order to become our best selves, we bravely face our insecurities and have the courage to care deeply about our values.
If you want to join a thriving and growing school community, help revolutionize education, and bring out the best in your students and yourself, please apply below and include a detailed cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in this role.
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