Science Teacher (Long-Term Substitute)

Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan is seeking a long-term substitute teacher to teach science courses (Advanced Integrated Science and Biology) for the first six weeks of the 2020-21 school year.

Catholic Central High School:

Catholic Central High School is rich in both history and tradition. Founded in 1906 by Bishop Henry Richter and the Dominican Sisters, it is the oldest Catholic, coeducational, diocesan high school in the U.S. It draws and benefits from a culturally diverse student body of 645 students, grades 9-12. Since being established, over 20,000 students have graduated, many of whom still serve our community today. In its 110-year history, Catholic Central has maintained its mission to challenge students to know and love God, seek knowledge and truth, respect the dignity of each person, and contribute to society through leadership and service.

Science Department:

Guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, students will develop an understanding of what science is, what science can and cannot do, and how science contributes to the culture of our society. Through a minds-on experiential approach,students will become familiar with modes of scientific inquiry, rules of evidence, methods of formulating questions, and strategies for proposing explanations. All scientific instruction incorporates the QPOE2 method developed by the Van Andel Education Institute Science Academy. Students are expected to think and act like a scientist in all course offerings. Students will practice applying both moral and ethical principles when evaluating advances in technology, the role of science in society, and personal decision-making.

Course Descriptions:

Advanced Integrated Science: STEAM Learning, grade: 9
This course develops students’ scientific inquiry, problem solving and coding skills as students work both individually and collaboratively on chemistry, physics and earth science topics including mechanics, wave behavior, periodic trends, reactivity of substances, the formation and advanced dynamics of earth systems, and our role as stewards of creation. Students will use the QPOE2 model of scientific thinking with emphasis on observation, reasoning and data processing. Students will also engage in engineering activities through robotics, designing and testing mechanical structures, developing computational models of the climate based on existing data, and researching a variety of technological advancements. Both Next Generation Science Standards as well as excerpts from Pope Francis Laudato Si will be explored. Through oral and written discourse, students will often be required to communicate and/or defend scientific ideas and engineering design decisions to an audience of their peers.

Biology, grade: 10
This course covers cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms, and ecology. This course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms. Students will be expected to engage in scientific questioning and collect and analyze data. Students will explore biological science as a process.

Qualifications:

● Education: BS with a major in science
● Certification—Secondary Education (6-12)
● Previous teaching experience preferred

Interested candidates should submit a resume, letter of introduction, and 3 professional references, along with a diocesan employment application located here, to:

Tiffany Marrinan, Interim Principal Catholic Central High School
319 Sheldon Blvd. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
E-mail: tiffanymarrinan@grcatholiccentral.org

Deadline: Review of applicants will begin immediately.

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