Design Thinking/Tinker Lab, Computer Science, and Science Teacher

Job Level
Academic position
Job Category
Teacher / Instructor
  • Technology
  • Applied Tech (STEAM / Maker / CS / Design)
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Applied Tech (STEAM / Maker / CS / Design)
  • Computer Science

Exciting Opportunity at Francis Parker School in San Diego, California
Francis Parker School is seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate educator who shares its core values: Students First, Academic Excellence, Global Perspective, Strength of Character, Inclusive Community, and No Limit to Better. Collegial and collaborative, Parker faculty create a learning environment that is dynamic and engaging. Parker faculty are content and pedagogical experts who invest in professional growth generously supported by the School. Importantly, Parker’s unswerving commitment to being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community creates a culture of respect for all.

If Parker’s values and school culture resonate with you, we encourage you to consider this opportunity.

About Francis Parker School:
Francis Parker School is a coeducational independent day school in San Diego, California with 1300 students in grades JK-12. Founded in 1912, the school’s mission is “to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world”.
Overlooking Mission Valley, two separate campuses serve students in Lower School – junior kindergarten through 5th grade; Middle School – 6th grade through 8th grade and Upper School – 9th grade through 12th grade. As a college preparatory school Parker offers a comprehensive program that includes twenty-five advanced placement courses as well as a rich palette of electives – all designed to meet the individual needs of our students.

Job Description:
Francis Parker School seeks an enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate teacher to teach in our Art, Innovation and Design Department and a combination of Math and/or Science Department courses.

The Middle School, which includes grades 6-8 and enrolls 300+ students, is a lively and dynamic place. True to the vision of the school’s namesake, Colonel Francis W. Parker, the Middle School emphasizes the importance of learning through doing. A rigorous curriculum guided by a passionate and caring faculty nurtures in students a lifelong love of learning.

The Upper School, which includes grades 9-12 and enrolls 500+ students, is a rigorous and supportive academic environment focused on preparing students for intellectual engagement while in high school and in the years beyond. Building on the work of the Lower and Middle Schools, the Upper School emphasizes academic achievement, global citizenship, and strength of character in order to prepare students to make a meaningful difference in the world.

The preferred candidate will have a depth of content knowledge that equips them to teach in the Upper School, while also having the broad teaching repertoire required for a range of both learners and grade levels. For 2020-21, the teaching assignment will most likely include, but may not be limited to, courses in Design Thinking/Tinker Lab, Computer Science, Math 6, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Earth Science, Life Science, or Physical Science. The exact teaching assignment is based on both the needs of the department and the particular experience and skill set of the teacher. As such, flexibility is a must!

Essential Teaching Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Daily classroom instruction; including planning and teaching a challenging course of study in a developmentally appropriate manner, with experience in differentiating instruction and interactive presentation

  • Prioritizing and examining inclusive curricula, teaching practice and environment

  • Ongoing communication and conferencing with parents

  • Advising and mentoring a group of students in our life skills program

  • Conferencing with students and colleagues as required

  • Weekly collaboration with teaching partners to maintain and develop consistency within course offerings

  • Active participation in the curricular improvement of the department

  • Willingness to initiate or participate in co-curricular activities such as Science Olympiad, Global Education Trips/Discovery Week, Camp, Math Team, or Coaching Athletics


  • A degree and preferably a teaching credential in a field that embraces Design Thinking, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Science.

  • The ability to passionately and effectively teach both Middle and Upper School Design Thinking, Computer Science, and Mathematics courses

  • The ability to serve as an advisor and mentor to Middle School or Upper School students

  • A strong and sincere commitment to professional development both in pedagogy and content area

  • Multicultural curriculum development and culturally responsive teaching experience is preferred 

  • Strong interpersonal and cultural competency skills when working with students parents, faculty, and School leadership

  • High standards and high expectations for students

  • Commitment to being a positive and contributing member of the professional community

  • A love of children, a passionate commitment to Design Thinking, Computer Science, and Mathematics, and a desire to work with all types of learners

  • Extraordinary communication and presentation skills

  • A proficiency in the use of technology

  • A desire to work in a highly collaborative environment

Salary and Benefits:
Francis Parker School is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a substantial compensation plan, including competitive salary, TIAA retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage. Individual salary is negotiable depending on years of experience and educational background.
Francis Parker School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, creed, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.
Application Process:
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