For over 100 years, Cate has been combining the best of East Coast tradition and West Coast energy and innovation in the service of highly motivated, independent-minded kids. Residential life is structured to develop well-being and leadership through the practice of self-discipline and service. In addition to an inquiry-driven curriculum designed to elicit the greatest possible growth in every student, all students participate in an extracurricular program that includes athletics, drama, music, dance, community service, and an extensive outdoor program. With more than 50 honors and advanced courses, the Cate curriculum can meet the demands of the most ambitious students. A typical applicant to Cate has impeccable character, a history of high academic achievement, is mature, curious, and adventurous, and willing to assume responsibility and independence.
At Cate School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work are integral to our mission because we recognize that academic excellence and productive citizenship are impossible without intercultural competency. While DEI work at Cate has historically focused on increasing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity amongst students and faculty, today’s efforts must also provide the skills and competencies that will allow all stakeholders to thrive in increasingly diverse environments, beginning with the one we are constructing at Cate.
Cate’s approach is to “meet students where they are,” and ensure, through education and practice, that they graduate with the foundational skills necessary to excel in institutions of higher learning and in the 21st Century workplace. This approach embodies Cate’s mission as an educational institution rooted not only in character development, but in skill building. Likewise, faculty cultural competency is evaluated during the hiring process and then supported and evaluated at regular intervals as part of Cate’s ongoing professional development. Continually honing these skills is essential to ensuring that each member of the Cate community feels a genuine sense of belonging and is able to achieve their greatest growth.
To that end, Cate’s curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programming relies upon a community-wide, skills-based framework that acknowledges the centrality of DEI competency to teaching, professionalism and collaboration, and, for students, meaningful interpersonal connections and post-secondary success. This framework is important because one can value difference immensely and never become interculturally competent. Put simply, awareness and sensitivity must be augmented with greater knowledge of a myriad of cultures, ideologies, faiths, and ways of living and the practical tools that will enable the most proactive and inclusive behaviors.
At Cate, we often talk about the deep sense of community that attends the “spirit of this place.” While the “spirit” manifests in many ways, it is rooted in the full recognition of the dignity of each person. We encourage all members of the Cate community to share their background, interests, identities, and beliefs so that we can collectively work to broaden our perspectives, deepen our capacity for empathy, and strengthen our resilience. In doing so, we can continue the daily work of creating and building community.
Cate School is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity Employment and nondiscrimination in the treatment of employees or applicants for employment without consideration of race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, gender or gender identity.
Job Description for Science Instructor
Cate School is committed to attracting and retaining a highly talented and diverse community. We seek applications from candidates who are eager to live among and teach young men and women from all over the world. A small co-educational boarding school on the Central Coast of California, Cate School offers a career opportunity for educators whose priorities and purposes mirror the four pillars of our mission statement--commitment, scholarship, companionship, and service. A small co-educational boarding school, Cate School anticipates and encourages work with our students well beyond the classroom, as faculty members serve as advisors, dorm parents, coaches, and mentors.
Cate School is currently seeking highly qualified biology instructor candidates. The position will include close collaboration and teaching of junior-level Biology/Honors Biology sections and advanced electives. Cate’s advanced science electives are offered to upperclassmen and seek to go deeper than the AP curriculum. Examples of these trimester-long, college-level courses could consist of topics in climate biology, toxicology, microbiology, biotechnology, and human biology. The position will formally begin in August of 2021. The teacher will instruct four sections, oversee or assist during two extra-curricular seasons, fulfill a residential commitment (living on or near campus), advise a small group (usually 4-6) of students, attend department and faculty meetings, and report to Craig Bouma, Chair of the Science Department.
implement courses and curriculum consistent with school-wide and departmental skill/content objectives and institutional scholarly aspirations;
see to the productive evolution of all materials pertaining to course purposes and descriptions;
partner with peers and colleagues in all departments, and help Cate to build paradigmatic programs throughout the School.
work effectively with other teachers within your discipline and department in order to develop courses that are substantially the same at grade-levels and coordinated across the four-year Science curriculum;
develop a professional development plan suited to the individual and to institutional priorities, in consultation with the department chair, and consistent with the needs of the department;
maintain a growth mindset in considering all manner of pedagogical ideas, evaluative feedback, and evolving school needs.
plan, prepare, and design activities that engage students in inquiry and facilitate active learning experiences
be knowledgeable of and incorporate widely-held standards and best practices
identify and select differentiated instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying needs
guide and monitor student learning and growth through formative assessment and appropriate feedback
assign and grade class work, homework, tests and assignments in a timely, fair, and consistent manner
maintain accurate and complete records of students' progress and development
participate in department, school, and parent meetings
communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and student needs
keep updated with developments in subject area and with teaching resources and methods, make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities, and be willing to grow professionally and attend conferences
Residential and Co-curricular life
participate in campus and dorm supervision
lead or assist in extra-curricular activities or athletics, and school outdoor outings
high energy level
verbal and written communication skills
attention to detail
effective collaborator with colleagues
high work standards
organizing and planning
flexibility, adaptability, and initiative
Interested candidates should send a CV and two letters of reference to Jay Dorion, Assistant Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Education and Experience
minimally a BS in Biology or equivalent specialized discipline in the biological sciences
experience in teaching high school science
single subject teaching certification, MS, or MEd preferred
relevant teaching experience in a college-preparatory environment
knowledge of relevant technology and ability to use a learning management system
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Cate School
For more than 100 years, Cate has combined the best of East Coast tradition and West Coast
energy and innovation in the service of highly motivated, independent-minded students.
Residential life is structured to develop well-being and leadership through the practice of self
discipline and service. In addition to an inquiry-driven curriculum designed to elicit the greatest
possible growth in every student, all students participate in an extracurricular program that
includes athletics, drama, music, dance, community service, and an extensive outdoor program.
With more than 50 honors and advanced courses, the Cate curriculum can meet the demands of
the most ambitious students. A typical applicant to Cate has impeccable character, a history of
high academic achievement, and is mature, curious, adventurous, and willing to assume
responsibility and independence.