Primary Objective:

This position will teach an inquiry based biology class to 9th year students and an experiential science class based in our commercial kitchen and urban farm. A successful hire for this position would be trained in inquiry or experiential learning, hold strong outdoor education skills, are creative and collaborative, and hold a biology teaching certification, and committed to self growth and learning.

Status: Full time 1.0 Exempt position

Reports to:  Lower Adolescent Program Director

Essential Responsibilities Include:

Understand developmental tendencies of the adolescent student, implement student centered and inquiry based learning opportunities and curriculum writing, and systematic best practices in science teaching

Interest and willingness to engage in camping trips: expeditionary and experiential learning with students, desire to be part of a team of professional educators who collaborate and create an environment that serves students holistically.
Creation or working with established curriculum.
Uses a variety of culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate activities to support content standards and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.
Creates a classroom environment and research-based program of study that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
Plan and implement culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy that aligns with Montessori method, IB Approaches to Teaching and Learning, standards-based grading.
Maintains accurate, complete, and correct records as required school guidelines.
Uses identified needs to guide the learning process toward student achievement of district’s standards. Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units and projects using formal and informal assessment data obtained from students.
Implements all policies and rules governing student life and conduct both in the school and on field trips.
Makes provision for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes during agreed upon work hours.
Conducts or participates in needed parent conferences and telephone conferences.
Serves as an advisor to an advisory of 7th -9th grade students, including overseeing and supporting students in experiential learning and reflection in Creativity – Activity – Service (CAS)

Professional Development responsibilities:

Works toward continuous learning in Anti-bias, Anti-racist teaching and learning, culturally relevant pedagogy, and standards-based grading.
Strives to maintain and improve professional competence through professional development activities.
Participates in discussions or activities focused on using research to improve scientific teaching and learning.
Participate in appropriate Montessori training, as needed. May involve travel.
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School or Supervisor

Preferred Qualifications:

We are a school overtly interested in supporting BIPoC teachers and educators in a fulfilling and rewarding work environment. All scientist teachers of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Other qualifications:

Valid Minnesota Teaching License, Biology
Experience working with students individually and in small groups on a wide range of science skill levels
Montessori experience
Experience with standards-based grading

Application Instructions:

We are hiring on a rolling basis – please submit your application as soon as you can!

Please send a letter of interest, resumé and contact information & three professional references to:

Hiring Committee – Biological Sciences Guide


Great River School

1326 Energy Park Drive

St. Paul, MN 55108

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About Great River School

Great River School is a public Montessori school for students ages 6 through 18. The school began in 2004 and has grown to serve students in a 1st-6th year elementary program and a 7th-12th year adolescent program. All students in grades 11 and 12 participate in International Baccalaureate courses, with many students completing the IB Diploma Program. Great River School is a public Montessori school serving students in grades 1st through 12th with the International Baccalaureate program in 11th & 12th grades. Our community is committed to an engaging environment which prepares students for their unique roles as responsible and engaged citizens of the world. Our vision is world peace through education. We specifically seek to deconstruct systems of bias and oppression that interrupt relationships and access to education. We welcome applications from all backgrounds - racial justice, gender inclusion, and accessibility of education is central to our core values as a school community.