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Applying for Position:
Polytechnic School,
Pasadena, CA

This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.

Position: Middle School English teacher (long-term substitute; grade 6)

Schedule: Full-time faculty appointment for a long-term substitute position (maternity leave from Aug. 19, 2019, to June 6, 2020)


As a member of the Middle School faculty, the teacher’s primary responsibilities include teaching sixth-grade English and communicating with parents, colleagues, and administrators. Together with Middle School colleagues and the Middle School director, the teacher is responsible for the development and implementation of the English curriculum.

About Polytechnic School

An independent, coeducational college-preparatory school in Pasadena, Calif., Polytechnic School offers a broad curriculum in the liberal arts for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1907, the school enrolls approximately 860 students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.

The mission of Polytechnic School is to develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of academic excellence that values the uniqueness and dignity of each member and fosters personal responsibility and service to others. We are committed to honesty, justice, charity, and the pursuit of knowledge. We respect the dignity and worth of all human beings — their thoughts, their feelings, and their individuality. We seek to celebrate the joy, the love, and the creativity that emanate from the human spirit. We strive to be responsible and contributing members of our families, our school community, and the world. The Poly community appreciates the cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity present in the Pasadena area and strives to reflect it. Members of the Poly community appreciate and learn from individual differences, foster the ability to disagree with civility, and embody courtesy and compassion.


Poly is looking for an energetic and dynamic teacher who, above all, loves children and values and affirms the unique contributions of each child in the school community. Applicants should be well grounded in educational theory, particularly in the areas of literature, writing, and grammar. In addition, the applicant should be able to demonstrate strong background in current best practices in education and an ability to apply these practices creatively and effectively within the classroom.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a willingness to learn and collaborate with other adults on campus. Mindful that learning is a life-long process, applicants should be committed to continued professional growth.

Requirements include a bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) and a minimum of three years of teaching at the Middle School level; independent school teaching experience is preferred. The ideal candidate will have an interest in and commitment to developmental education, differentiated instruction, interdisciplinary teaching, and community service. 

Physical requirements and work environment

  • Works in an environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a diverse array of contacts;
  • May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time;
  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds;
  • Work primarily in a traditional, climate-controlled classroom environment;
  • Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.


Polytechnic School is committed to attracting and retaining talented, dedicated employees through a competitive compensation plan that is commensurate with experience.


A full benefits package includes medical, dental and vision coverage, and a retirement plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, Poly will recruit, hire, train, and promote faculty and staff without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition and physical or mental disability (whether perceived or actual), or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. School policy also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

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