As Punahou School continues into its 177th year, it recognizes the richness of its traditions, as well as its responsibility to deliver a relevant educational experience in a rapidly changing world. It remains anchored in the aim of developing the full potential of each student through a broad and vigorous program of studies and through rich experiences for exploration, growth and mastery. Our faculty attends to the social-emotional learning of our students via intentional opportunities to foster empathy, resilience, moral reasoning, and social responsibility. Our teachers are agile learners themselves, demonstrating a growth mindset and a commitment to their continual professional development. Incoming teachers will join a dedicated and inspiring faculty whose ongoing reflection and renewal is supported by a schoolwide culture of collaboration and innovation.
Punahou School is actively recruiting a high school Biology and Chemistry faculty member. The Academy biology curriculum includes two-semester courses in Biology, Biology Honors, AP Biology, and the Biology and Geology of the Hawaiian Islands, as well as one-semester courses such as Biotechnology, Marine Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology. Biology teachers are expected to teach multiple biology courses and may be asked to teach other disciplines such as chemistry or environmental science. The Academy chemistry curriculum includes courses in Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, AP Chemistry, and Culinary Chemistry. Chemistry teachers are expected to teach multiple levels of chemistry and may be asked to teach other disciplines such as biology, or environmental science. Faculty are responsible for classroom instruction, conferences with students and colleagues, and active participation in the work of the department on curricular development.
Position Details: Department: Academy, Science Status: Full Time Temporary FLSA Status: Exempt Work Year: 2019 - 2020 School Year Work Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Bachelor’s in Biology, Chemistry, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Three (3) years of experience in teaching high-school aged students in the particular subject area and preferably one year of experience in scientific work such as working in a laboratory or in the field.
Appropriate subject area knowledge as follows:
Science: Knowledge of how science works, including the rules of evidence in science, how scientific knowledge is generated, how scientific investigations are designed and performed, and how argumentation in science is conducted. How mathematics is applied.
Biology: Knowledge of molecular biology, ecology, and evolutionary principles, including knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, biochemistry, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Ability to be flexible with teaching other courses pertaining to main subject area(s).
Experience working with a variety of formative, formal and informal student assessment tools.
Experience working with a wide range of student abilities and learning styles.
Experience developing, conducting and evaluating open ended laboratory investigations.
Strong knowledge of principles and methods for high school science curriculum and curriculum design, teaching and instruction.
Familiarity with computers (Apple) and their use in science instruction to enhance student learning.
Working knowledge of word processing and presentation software, learning management systems, data collection software, graphing software, and the use of probes and sensors to collect data.
Knowledge of probability and the principles of statistics. Ability to select, conduct, and interpret appropriate statistical analyses.
Ability to appropriately and clearly model and teach mathematical calculations to understand, investigate, and model chemical and biological systems.
About Punahou School
Punahou School nurtures the individuality of each child within a vibrant K – 12 school community that celebrates diversity, inspires excellence and connects students for life.
Located in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent K – 12 school on a single campus in the United States. Students at Punahou have unparalleled opportunities to cultivate their unique interests and talents under the guidance of attentive and caring teachers. Rigorous academics, robust programs in athletics and the arts, and an array of co-curricular opportunities offer an integrated, 21st-century education for the whole child.
Students exemplify the diversity and strength of Hawai`i and reflect the School’s commitment to providing robust, need-based financial aid. When students graduate from Punahou, they join a network of 30,000 alumni spanning the globe. Beyond excellent scholars, the School seeks to develop engaged global citizens who can strengthen their communities.