Rooted in our Catholic faith and inspired by the Renaissance talents of our namesake, Pope John Paul II Preparatory School prepares students to be strong in mind, body, character, and service—discovering their God-given talents and using them to serve the local and global community. We seek a social studies teacher who shares this vision of holistically developing students while embracing the Historian Carl Becker’s challenge to “create a useable sense of the past.” In collaboratively creating courses that are skills-based and organized around training practicing student-historians, our ideal candidate will believe in using history to help students develop critical thinking skills, mainly by asking students to interpret primary sources and historiographical debates through discussion-oriented classes and writing.
Pope John Paul II Preparatory School boasts an elite faculty who approach teaching as a vocation, putting the needs of each student first with an optimistic/growth mindset vision that meets students where they are while holding high standards for the students/people they can become. Our educational vision is not simply a four-year one but one that seeks to create transformative experiences to prepare students for their lives and careers beyond college. We seek a candidate whose passion for teaching students to develop life-long skills within this broader faculty and who seeks to share their gifts to positively inspire students to become better history students and better people.
Although finding an excellent social studies teacher is our top priority, we value candidates who can model our Renaissance model for students (e.g., coaching, leading a major club, involvement with service, etc.). Our ideal candidate will desire to:
Develop writers and critical thinkers through thesis-driven writing that emphasizes analytical engagement with evidence through a scaffolded approach that asks students to form arguments, reason with evidence, and analyze the complexities of historical evidence.
Collaborate with departmental members to implement teaching and assessment practices rooted in pedagogical research and align with the four-year vision the social studies department has for each student.
Embrace our team teaching model where teachers are given the same course work to create shared assessments and course objectives to provide equitable experiences for students and collaborate to continually improve the learning experiences for students—while embracing the unique strengths and teaching styles of each team member.
Build interdisciplinary connections across departments helping students understand the synthesis of knowledge.
Partner with department chairs and academic leadership in making changes to any given class that fit within the broader scope of the four-year curricula and the broader Renaissance vision of creating scholars and people of character and faith.
Share teaching practices to actively contribute to each department's dynamic professional learning communities.
Participate in professional development to continue to grow as an educator.
Pope Prep welcomes faculty, students, and families of diverse faiths and backgrounds. We encourage all interested candidates to apply for the position by submitting the following supporting documents to Jennifer Dye, Dean of Faculty and Instruction (firstname.lastname@example.org):
A cover letter that includes but is not limited to the following:
Your interest in our 6-12 grade community
Your desire to teach in a faith-based school
Your contributions outside of the classroom
The passions that make you unique
A resume that emphasizes educational and professional experiences
A statement of teaching philosophy
Located just north of Nashville, Pope John Paul II Preparatory School is a part of the Diocese of Nashville and offers competitive compensation and benefits.
Pope John Paul II Preparatory School does not discriminate based on race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, age, or sex.
Pope John Paul II Preparatory School opened its doors in August of 2002 as Pope John Paul II High School and quickly became one of the best private academic institutions in the state. In the fall of 2021, we incorporated a middle school, adding grades 6th-8th. Pope Prep offers a range of innovative programs that are setting a vision for the future of Catholic college preparatory schools. At just over 750 students, we are the second-largest private prep school in Nashville, and we are designed to meet the potential growth of Middle Tennessee.
We believe that God calls each student to a deeper union with Him. Our school, rooted in the Catholic faith and open to students of all faith traditions, calls students to excellence and invites them to study and live out their faith in service to the world beyond themselves.
Our Mission: Inspired by faith, Pope John Paul II High School prepares students to be strong in mind, body, character, and spirit for lives of learning and service, according to the Gospel.