Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was founded in 1985 as one of the first public STEM magnet schools in the county. Since its founding TJ has served the gifted students of Northern Virginia with an innovative curriculum and advanced instruction from talented and creative teachers. TJHSST is now seeking full and part-time instructors of Honors and/or Advanced Placement C Physics that will sustain and expand this innovative curriculum for gifted students into the next generation.
Fundamentally, candidates should have a very strong background in Physics content knowledge. Competitive candidates should have several years of experience teaching at the high school or university level as well as experience either conducting or mentoring students through Physics related research. Candidates should be able to teach advanced, first year courses in calculus based Physics however additional opportunities exist to teach courses in introductory Optics, Quantum Mechanics and Computational Physics. We are looking for strong communicators who can articulate science content, the connections between scientific disciplines, and modern science pedagogy to students, parents, and other teacher collaborators on the Physics team and across disciplinary lines. Competitive candidates will have documented experience designing and implementing student-centered instruction that helps guide students to formulate their own understandings, make connections to multiple subjects, and then apply knew knowledge to novel problems.
The Honors and AP Physics courses at our school cover introductory Mechanics and the foundations of Electricity and Magnetism. Both courses strive to build conceptual and applied understanding of fundamental physical laws through engaging class discussions, hands on laboratory investigations, and use of modern computational tools to simulate and predict complex behavior. Building understanding from first principals is essential. In both courses, but especially the AP course, the use of calculus is pervasive and intrinsic to the development of student understanding.
We will be collecting resumes from January through early March; candidates will be invited for interviews shortly thereafter.
Bachelors Degree in Physics or related field
Ability to develop vertically integrated lab experimentation program to foster necessary knowledge and skills to learn Physics through hands on lab experiences and make use of modern computational tools.
Proficiency in all or some of the following:
Other computer language
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to work on a team
Ability to work in a diverse environment
Teaching Certification in Commonwealth of Virginia or willingness to become certified.
Advanced Degree in Physics or related field
Experience conducting research or mentoring students through a formal research process.
Experience in physics curriculum design and evaluation.
Experience working with gifted/advanced students in an accelerated system.
Email SciTech Division Manager Mark Hannum (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your resume and cover letter.Your cover letter should address your experiences and skills in relation to this job description.
Please see VADOE website for certification requirements: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/
Additional Salary Information: Salary Information can be found on the FCPS website. TJ is on the EXTENDED DAY CONTACT
About Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (also known as TJHSST, TJ, or Jefferson) is a Virginia state-chartered magnet school in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is a regional high school operated by Fairfax County Public Schools. As a publicly funded and administered high school with a selective admission process, it is generally considered one of the best public high schools in the nation and especially among STEM focused schools. Attendance at the school is open to students in six local jurisdictions based on an admissions test, prior academic achievement, recommendations, and essays. The mission of the school is to provide for gifted students to explore the STEM areas in more authentic ways than what is available in traditional high schools. The school attempts to prepare its 1700 students to not only develop a rich understanding of science, but also learn the processes of science though open-ended investigation, scientific collaboration, and emphasizing the importance of scientific communication to both expert and layperson audiences. Students consistently appear as top winners at events such as the International Science and Engineering Fair, the Regeneron Scien...ce Talent Search, Siemens High School Science Competition, members of the US International Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Teams, and as published authors in peer-reviewed journals. All students must complete a senior research project in one of the schools thirteen university grade research labs.
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