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We’re looking for a physics teacher

April 19, 2011

Note: this position has now been filled.

So my school is looking for a physics teacher for the upcoming school year (2011-12). I teach at a private school in Atlanta, GA, and I thought I might make a pitch here for why you might want to consider joining our team.

  • We have a large, diverse department. We’ve got 5 full time physics teachers in the high school now, and you would be our sixth teacher. Our backgrounds, experiences and philosophies span a wide spectrum, yet we work very well together. Next year, we’ll have one common free period every day to meet as a PLT to discuss ideas about curriculum and pedagogy.
  • You’ll have a lot of autonomy. One of the luxuries of teaching in private school, and our school in particular, is that you are given a large amount of control over what and how you teach, yet at the same time, you’ll have a tremendous network of colleagues with with to share ideas and gain feedback.
  • You’ll teach 3 classes of 9th grade physics (sections run between 15-20 students). Our classes meet for six 55 minute periods each week. This is an astronomical amount of time for science classes. Having two 2-hour lab periods each week allows you to engage students with open ended labs.
  • Our students are great, especially 9th graders. You’ll find them energetic, engaged and highly motivated.
  • You’ll have some unique opportunities to collaborate with local universities and network with other Atlanta physics educators. Our teachers were instrumental in helping to restart the Atlanta Metro Physics Association, and we are working on some research collaborations with Georgia Tech to develop some computational modeling add-ons to the physics curriculum that promise to be very exiciting.
  • There are tons of resources to support your teaching. Our labs are very well stocked, and you can even make use of the well stocked machine shop (complete with CNC machine and plasma cutter) used by our outstanding FIRST robotics team.

If you’re interested in learning more about this position, feel free to leave me a comment (they’re moderated), and I’ll get back to you directly.

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