Salary is full-time annualized salary and is based on education and experience.
4 Year Degree
Chaminade College Preparatory seeks a dynamic and engaging STEM TEACHER for our middle school campus (grades 6-8) in Chatsworth, California.
The successful candidate has experience and expertise using research-based and developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to teach 10-week quarter-long exploratory courses in computer science and a 20-week semester-long exploratory course in robotics.
The Chaminade STEM teacher instructs students to develop design thinking and engineering skills to help students make sense of the human-created world. The successful candidate can facilitate students’ engagement with physical computing, engineering, and basic electronics through courses that require students to practice inquiry, innovation, creativity, and problem-solving. Students also learn, through a Catholic, Marianist lens, about ethical and moral issues related to technology and engineering.
The successful candidate has a solid understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of science, which integrates math, technology, engineering, and electronics. The successful candidate encourages student curiosity and wonder, building students’ self-confidence and reflection skills. Successful candidates incorporate thinking, discussion, and reasoning routines to ensure students make sense of what they learn in pairs, small groups, and independently. Overall, the successful candidate develops lessons that deepen students’ understanding of what scientists, engineers, and designers do and know, and how they think. Courses prepare students to engage in practical, real-world application of science and engineering concepts that engage students in understanding how science and technology are connected to other content areas and their own lives. Students in these courses broaden their knowledge about careers that could prepare them to become scientists, engineers, inventors, innovators, architects, and artists and designers in a variety of fields.
In addition to teaching responsibilities, Chaminade educators are involved in the life of the school, which includes leading a student advisory group; presence and participation during student activities and assemblies; supporting and participating in our campus-wide House system; attending faculty, department, and grade-level meetings; assigned supervision duties during lunch, and/or before and/or after school; and participating in faith activities, including Masses, prayer services, staff retreats, and student retreats. Although not required, preference is given to candidates interested in coaching, moderating an after-school extracurricular activity, and/or moderating a student club.
Under the supervision of the vice principals, teaches standards-based (California state and Archdiocesan) curriculum. In a timely manner and in accordance with school and department policies, plans lessons; provides feedback and grades on assignments; maintains grades, attendance, and other school records; and communicates with students, their families, and counselors when students need support.
Collaborates with department members to evaluate, monitor, and update curriculum, assessment, and pacing guides under the guidance of the Department Chair and the Vice Principal of Curriculum and Instruction.
Ensures that instructional strategies respect students’ diverse social identities while still corresponding to Catholic Marianist values and the mission of the school.
Integrates technology by using Schoology Learning Management System (LMS), Google Apps for Education, Microsoft 365, and other digital collaboration and productivity tools licensed by the school (*Note: All students use a school-issued tablet daily).
Familiar with coding at the middle school level, VEX robotics, 3D printers, 3D laser printers, makerspaces.
A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required. An advanced degree and/or teaching credential in any secondary science (geoscience, physics, chemistry, biology, and/or foundational-level) or certification in STEM education is preferred.
Experience teaching science at the secondary level and skilled at working with middle-school aged students.
Prior teaching experience, especially in a Catholic educational setting, is preferred; however, relevant experience in the field is also strongly considered.
Wants to work in a setting committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion of all school stakeholders.
Wants to work in a setting committed to balancing learning, health, and well-being of all stakeholders.
While not required, experience and/or knowledge about makerspaces is desirable.
While not a requirement, a candidate who can moderate our after school robotics program and coach our robotics team is preferred.
Deadline for Submission of Applications
Applications are being accepted immediately. This position is open until filled.
Salary and Benefits
This is a salaried/exempt from overtime position. Chaminade faculty are paid on a salary schedule based on degrees and years of prior teaching experience. The full-time salary at hire is expected to be $ 59,000 - $ 89,000 annually. Part-time positions are prorated accordingly.
Full-time employees enjoy a competitive employee benefits program including medical, dental and vision coverages, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement plan contribution, and voluntary supplemental life insurance and long-term care coverages.
In addition, candidates invited to interview are encouraged to share a curated portfolio that demonstrates their philosophy of teaching and reflects their knowledge of STEM instruction, including samples of lessons, assignments, student work, and assessment criteria. Portfolios may be shared digitally or via hard copy.
Chaminade is an independent co-educational Catholic school in the Marianist tradition serving a diverse student body in grades 6-12 across two beautiful campuses in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. We are a mission-centered community with an unwavering commitment to growing one's faith, serving others, and ensuring the success and well-being of every student and employee. Chaminade sets the standard for Catholic college preparatory excellence with a rigorous, relevant, and innovative academic curriculum and extensive extracurricular offerings.
We inspire young people to love, learn, and lead through our Catholic and Marianist traditions of a living faith, academic excellence, and moral responsibility.
Chaminade College Preparatory graduates are prepared, inspired, and equipped to:
Share God’s love by caring for others and seeking justice and peace.
Learn, adapt, and grow with the world around them.
Become servant leaders and positive contributors to society.
The Characteristics of Marianist Education
Chaminade's mission and culture are deeply rooted in the five Characteristics of Marianist Education which are:
Educating for Formation in Faith
Providing an Integral Quality Education
Educating in Family Spirit
Educating for Service, Justice, and Peace and the Integrity of Creation
Educating for Adaptation and Change
Chaminade's Commitment to Diversity
Chaminade College Preparatory is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the value that a rich and diverse community brings to our school. Our employee culture is deeply rooted in our Catholic faith and the five Characteristics of Marianist Education. Our Catholic Marianist tradition is lived on our campuses every day, and is evident in our Chaminade Family Spirit where each of our faculty and staff is valued for their unique and varied gifts and talents. Chaminade's faculty, staff, and administration come from all faiths, ethnicities, races, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds and we are stronger for it.
Chaminade College Preparatory is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for employment are considered without regard to race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, or genetic information, or other basis protected by law for employment in a Catholic school. Applicants who need an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment and hiring process should contact the human resources department in order to discuss reasonable accommodation.