Miss Porter’s School is committed to offering a distinctive, student-centered curriculum that helps girls to build skills in the traditional liberal arts while also specifically preparing them for successful careers in a dynamic, fast-paced future. We are in the process of designing a more interdisciplinary and experiential curriculum that will require students to explore and address authentic problems. This work will be augmented by a personalized program of instruction in core academic skills. Through this curriculum, students will be exposed to multiple methods for addressing a problem and will be required to become -- in the words of our mission -- “informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens.”
To this end, we seek teachers who, first and foremost, are excited by the vision outlined above. Prospective teaching candidates should have expertise in at least one field, and an interest in and ability to teach in an interdisciplinary setting. They should also be adept at managing a dynamic, active, student-centered classroom, and be committed to teaching in ways that are the best for girls. Ideal candidates will be skilled in curriculum design in the UbD framework and familiar with project-based learning, authentic assessment, and standards-based grading. Faculty members are expected to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school and share in residential-life responsibilities. Hence, an interest in coaching or coordinating extra-curricular activities and a willingness to fulfill evening and weekend duties is a must. All candidates must have strong written and oral communications skills and must be willing to work in a collaborative environment. Perhaps most importantly, candidates must have a high degree of cross-cultural competency and be committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of school life. Our teachers work to create equitable classrooms in which students have equal access and opportunities to learn and achieve to their fullest potential. Last, but not least, a sense of humor is always appreciated.
Working at a boarding school is a demanding job, and, thus, we seek candidates who are willing to work long, hard hours when school is in session, knowing that their work is worth it because they are changing lives for the better. Porter’s provides a competitive and robust set of benefits to its faculty, which include significant opportunities for professional growth. Miss Porter’s School generally provides housing for its faculty, but unlike most boarding schools, does not ask academic teaching faculty to live in dormitories.