Salary range: Placement on the teacher's salary schedule
Reports to: Site Principal or Assistant Principal
The Science Teacher provides an educational program for students (grades 6-8 or 9-12); assists in other school programs as assigned; maintains control over the classroom; preserves suitable learning conditions; and evaluates student progress.
- Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
- Completion of a Bachelor's degree
- Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
- Possession of a valid California Teaching Credential, in appropriate content area, as required by the California Education Code
- Possession of an English Learner certificate (CLAD or BCLAD), as per by Board policy, may be required
- Within 60 days of hire, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
- Develop and teach skills, knowledge, and scientific attitudes through course in general science, earth sciences , biology, chemistry, physics, physiology, or science problems to secondary pupils, utilizing course of study adopted by the PAUSD Board of Trustees and California Department of Education.
- Instruct pupils in citizenship, basic communication skills, and other general elements of the course of study specified by State law, Board policy, and administrative procedures of the District.
- Develop in each pupil an awareness of the role of science in economic and social progress; motivate each pupil to acquire knowledge of scientific facts and principles, and skills in scientific methods of problem solving; and discover and develop special talents of pupils in scientific fields.
- Plan a science program involving demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and student experiments; and organize laboratory activities for optimum learning.
- Demonstrate scientific concepts by use of scientific apparatus, experiments, and standard or teacher prepared charts, sketches, and other instructional aides.
- Provide for safe storage and proper use of materials, equipment, and tools. Make minor adjustments and requests repairs to equipment as required.
- Instruct pupils in proper use, care, and safe handling of chemicals, science equipment, and plant and animal life.
- Maintain proper control and discipline in a positive manner by establishing good, wholesome rapport through healthy, human relationships between individuals involved in the learning processes and in accordance with District policy and procedure.
- Realistically evaluate pupil progress-with expectations appropriate for the child's age and for the content area, keep appropriate records, prepare progress reports, and effectively communicate with pupils, supervisors, and parents.
- Perform basic attendance accounting and business services as required.
- Maintain professional competence through participation in professional growth activities.
- Identify pupil needs and cooperate with other professional staff members in assessing and helping pupils solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
- Develop lesson plans and instructional materials and provides individualized and/or group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of pupils with varying abilities, attitudes, and cultural backgrounds.
- Create, with assistance from pupils, a functional and attractive environment for learning through displays, bulletin boards, and interest centers.
- Select and requisition books, instructional aides, and instructional supplies and maintaining required inventory records.
- Ensure a comfortable room environment through control of heating, lighting, and ventilation to the extent possible.
- Administer group standardized tests.
- Assume responsibility for a reasonable amount of non-teaching activities such as directing of extra-curricular work, teachers' meetings, professional
- Study, in-service training, curricula revision, student supervision, and other similar activities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
- Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
- Ability to work comfortably with students, staff, parents, and the community, from diverse backgrounds, while being responsive to their needs
- Ability to demonstrate scientific concepts by use of scientific apparatus, experiments, and standard or teacher prepared charts, sketches, and other instructional aides.
- Effective interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution, time management, and record keeping skills
- Knowledgeable about training in current approaches to teaching and structures for differentiated instruction
- Knowledgeable about various scientific disciplines and their professional applications
- Positive, successful record as an educator, in appropriate grade level or content area, preferred
- Proficiency in a second language preferred
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time
The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.
Work Year: 187 days
Revision Date: 03/23/2017
Initial date: 03/23/2017
Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.