Teacher – Rhetoric School (9-12) Humanities (2023-2024)
The Donahue Academy is seeking a full-time high school humanities teacher. The humanities double-block class fuses literature, history, and philosophy in an interdisciplinary exploration of a few great texts, questions, and historical events from one of the four major time periods of Western Civilization (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern). The teacher plays a vital role in engaging the students to experience the rich depth of Catholic classical education in the rhetoric stage of learning; thus, the high school humanities instructor must be prepared to lead students more and more regularly into seminar discussion and/or scholastic disputation while carefully guiding them in their intellectual and spiritual formation to be faithful Catholics in the liberal arts tradition.
Candidates must see themselves as called by God to manifest the love of Christ to high school students through the teaching of literature, history, and philosophy, and, even at times, theology; they must give Christian witness to all that is true, good, and beautiful. This calling is joyfully carried out among seasoned faculty who strive for personal sanctity and are, in the words of St. Don Bosco, “entirely consecrated to the welfare of [their] pupils […] ready to face every difficulty and endure fatigue in order to attain [this] object.” Experience in a classical school is preferred; love for working with adolescents is necessary; and fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church is required.
The Rhetoric Level humanities program is ordered toward helping students enter the “Great Conversation” of the adult world in the Western Tradition. As their freedom develops through adolescent maturation into adulthood, they are guided in their inquiry into reality to wrestle with difficult questions in light of revealed truth, right reason, and competing opinions, and to form their own position, articulate it, and defend it. The program culminates with the senior thesis presentation: a public defense of a research paper written in a neo-scholastic model of disputatio.
The salary is competitive and comes with the standard diocesan benefits. As well as being a faithful Catholic in good standing with the Church, a Florida teaching credential is required. If you do not yet have one, a bachelor’s degree and clear personal history will qualify you for a 3-year temporary license and we will assist you in securing a full license online over that time.
Donahue Academy, located in beautiful Southwest Florida, was founded in 2007 and has quickly risen to the top as one of the foremost Catholic classical schools in the nation. Our academically excellent school has waiting lists in nearly every grade and the highest scores in the diocese of Venice. With the next phase of our expansion underway, we have an expected enrollment of 420 preK-12th-grade students for the 2023-24 school year.
Skills and Experience
· Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that is applicable to a teaching assignment.
· Hold a current, 5-year renewable Professional Florida Educator Certificate; a 3-4 year non-renewable Temporary Florida Educator Certificate or be eligible for certification
· Strong understanding and knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy
· Excellent communications skills both written and oral
· Knowledge of school curriculum and concepts
· Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students
· Proficiency with computer network systems and software programs
· Ability to use technology to enhance student learning
· Strong planning and organizational skills
· Undergoing a FDLE Level 2 background check
· In return we offer a competitive salary, schedule and comprehensive benefits including health, dental, short and long-term disability, generous sick/personal days and paid holidays.
Title: Teacher, Full-time
Reports to: Principal
Location: Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, Ave Maria, FL
· Teaches grade-level curriculum consistent with diocesan goals and objectives
· Promotes a classroom environment that is loving, safe, and conducive to individualized and small-group instruction
· Develops detailed lesson plans and related instructional materials
· Works with and under Rhetoric Stage Dean, and department chairs
· Translates lesson plans into learning experiences; differentiates instruction based on student learning style and needs
· Conducts ongoing assessment of student learning
· Continues professional knowledge of developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops, and professional meetings
· Encourages parental involvement in student education and ensures effective communication to students and parents
· Administers standardized tests in accordance with Diocesan assessment programs
· Actively participates in faculty meetings and committees
· Participates in activities outside of the classroom involving students
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