Math Teacher, Middle School
University of Chicago
DepartmentLab School Middle School Faculty
About the Department
At the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, students in Nursery through Grade 12 experience a world-class educational journey. Founded in 1896 by John Dewey as a place for educators to develop and explore novel approaches to pedagogy and curriculum, Lab continues to provide excitement and imagination in learning to this day. Academic rigor, experiential learning, and intellectual discourse are hallmarks of a Lab education. Lab educators are recognized for excellence in teaching and pride themselves on innovation in the classroom. Students in every grade have access to unparalleled resources, and all members of the Lab community benefit by partnerships and connections with the University of Chicago. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity.
No less than scholarship, Lab’s mission prioritizes honoring diversity and exhibiting kindness. We are committed to building and supporting a teaching and learning community where young people see aspects of their backgrounds and identities reflected around them, where they feel a deep sense of belonging, and where they discover and use their voices to full effect. Today, 53-59 percent of Lab’s student body are students of color. Families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are also affiliated with the University of Chicago. Half of our families live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northwestern Indiana. Inclusion is a fundamental value at Lab, such that we celebrate every facet of community members’ identities, and even where we disagree, we emphasize respect, civility, and maintaining a spirit of community.
Lab seeks the finest employees to join our vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training in many different disciplines, who have in common a love of learning and the wish to inspire that same love of learning in young people. We seek candidates for employment who thrive in an educational environment. We provide a great professional home for those committed to collaboration, ongoing personal and professional growth, and cultivating positive relationships. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of color, LGBTQ+ identified candidates, candidates from historically marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds, and candidates with a demonstrated commitment to a deepening diversity, equity, and inclusion practice. In turn, we strive to ensure that Lab is a joyful, welcoming, and inspiring place to work. Through our connection to the University, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoy benefits and opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
Math teachers develop and execute engaging and interactive math lessons creating an environment that allows students to think critically and independently. The teachers are responsible for developing curriculum, supervising students both in and out of the classroom, and maintaining up-to-date teaching techniques to provide students with a quality educational experience. Teachers build relationships with students, families, and staff in order to foster a culture of community. Teachers are expected to maintain strong lines of communication with families about student progress, and to support and collaborate closely with colleagues in the pursuit of Lab’s mission. We are looking for teachers who project an air of optimism; who will share feedback to help students learn problem-solving; who can reflect on how their actions affect others; and who will work each day to create a rich learning environment, and a culture of intellectual curiosity.
The Math Department is responsible for the math education of students in grades 6 - 12, and for serving as an advisor for a small cohort of students.
The courses taught by the Math Department include sixth-grade math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Discrete Math, Statistics, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus.
Two levels of math classes, regular paced and accelerated, both of which are college preparatory, are offered.
Anticipated start date for this position is 8/26/2024.
Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
Strong knowledge of child development required.
Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Analytical skills required.
Computational skills required.
Organizational skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Decision-making skills required.
Ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and be flexible in work with students.
Strong interpersonal, and the ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
Ability to manage stressful situations required.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Education, Experience, or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Master's degree preferred.
At least two years of teaching experience preferred.
Teaching experience at the Middle and/or High school level preferred.
Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality preferred.
Ability to use mathematics software such as Desmos and Geometer’s sketchpad preferred.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Ability to move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.
Ability to move class-related equipment/tools, as appropriate, around school property
When appropriate, the ability to escort children from one classroom to another, in and out of the building during arrival and dismissal, and in an emergency situation.
Ability to demonstrate lessons, when appropriate.
Based on Experience
When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
Depends on Qualifications
Scheduled Weekly Hours
000- American Federation of Teachers , Local 2063
Job is Exempt
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