South Kent School, established in 1923, is a college preparatory school for boys in grades 9 through 12 nestled in the hills of picturesque northwestern Connecticut. South Kent School prepares young men to succeed in college and thrive as thoughtful and engaged citizens in a rapidly changing and intensely competitive world.
Stand out features of South Kent:
- Unique block schedule designed to focus on South Kent School’s characteristics of a thriving young man: critical thinking, emotional intelligence, resilience, spiritual awareness, and collaboration
- 550-acre campus with 10 miles of bike trails, two ponds, a working farm, and a teaching kitchen
- A strong international student presence offering unique opportunities for cross-cultural learning and the development of international contacts
- High performance athletic programs that foster an overall environment of physical and mental fitness
Principles of Learning:
South Kent School’s Principles of Learning create a unifying framework by which we understand how to teach our students effectively. Through these principles, the faculty guide students in an adaptive and supportive environment to grow in mind, body, and spirit:
- Boys learn best when their instruction is differentiated to their individual physical, emotional, and cognitive development.
- Boys learn best in a loving, supportive community where they have meaningful relationships with inspiring and dedicated adults.
- Boys learn best when skills are developed as the building blocks toward mastery.
- Boys learn best when they experience their curriculum through vivid and intense activities with frequent practice and thoughtful feedback.
- Boys learn best through self-reflection, resulting in a deep understanding of their learning and their value within the community.
- Boys learn best through healthy habits of mind that build a strong sense of self and character.
- Boys learn best when they imagine, innovate, and create in a community founded on tradition and values.
The primary goal of our STEM program is to develop flexible, creative, and confident problem solvers who feel challenged at the appropriate cognitive level. The curriculum requires each student to think logically, critically, and analytically. Teachers model resourceful and creative ways to approach unfamiliar problems so that students can become independent. Students learn to articulate their steps in problem solving, as well as how to assess accuracy and appropriateness of solutions.
Ideal candidates are those who seek to partner with parents, collaborate with team members, demonstrate a commitment to professional growth, motivate students academically, and support students in developing their moral character. A firm understanding of differentiated instruction and 21st century skills should drive this candidate’s instruction.
Preferred Professional Qualifications:
- A bachelor’s degree in secondary math or science education, or a degree in mathematics or science. Advanced degrees preferred.
- Effective classroom management practices to support the learning of all students.
- Previous high school teaching experience.
- Familiarity with independent school culture.
- Experience teaching STEM/Integrated curriculum.
- Work well with, and relate to, high school boys
- Convey enthusiasm and excitement to help instill a desire to learn
- Teach adolescents the fundamental aspects of math and associated skills
- Commit to helping our boys thrive socially and emotionally
- Possess strong organizational skills
- Use effective classroom management techniques
- Knowledge of effective assessment techniques and ability to tailor instruction based upon collected data
- Adapt classroom instruction to provide learning opportunities for all students
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
- Support the school and its leadership
- Teach four STEM courses with a focus on upper level mathematics/science.
- Residence house supervision
- Dining hall supervision
- Coaching sports/supervising afternoon activities
- Weekend duties
- Advisor to students
- Communication with parents of students and advisees
- Participation in all other co-curricular programs of the school, including chapel