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Social Studies Teacher | Substitute Teacher


About Sophia

Sophia Academy is the only independent middle school in Rhode Island that provides a gender specific, holistic middle school education focusing on the intellectual and emotional growth of girls in grades 5-8 who are from low-income families. Founder Sr. Mary Reilly’s vision remains Sophia’s goal: to provide a rigorous, relevant, empowering education, preparing our students to be successful in high school and beyond, helping them to lead their lives as confident, compassionate women.

A close-knit team of faculty draws connections to our 60 students’ lives through humanities (social studies and language arts), math, and science. Ninety-five percent of Sophia graduates complete high school in four years and most continue on to postsecondary education. The school is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) and is nonsectarian.


Social Studies Teacher

Sophia’s strong social justice ethos has attracted the attention of such inspiring women as #MeToo cofounder Tarana Burke and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafsai, and its dedicated and talented faculty are recognized nationally and state-wide for their excellence.

Aligned with our Guiding Principles, the humanities (social studies and language arts) curriculum provides a forum for students and teachers to explore the values on which the school was founded, upholding Sophia’s commitment to social justice and equality and its appreciation for diverse perspectives and experiences.

The social studies teacher teaches four classes of approximately 15 students and is a grade level advisor. The start date for this position will coincide with the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Major areas of responsibility include the following

  • Develop, teach, assess, and evaluate a social studies curriculum that:
    • Uses community partners, primary sources, current events, technology, group discussion, project-based learning, arts integration, and other appropriate activities to encourage students to develop skills, gain knowledge, deepen understanding, and strengthen cultural competencies
    • Teaches students how to learn, analyze, communicate (writing and speaking) and read and think critically
    • Differentiates instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying abilities and cultural background
    • Incorporates the concepts of gender specific programming
  • Partner with the language arts teacher in a humanities team that develops and implements cross disciplinary goals and projects
  • Create an organized classroom atmosphere that also encourages students to ask questions, provides equal opportunities for all students to be heard, and promotes and inspires appropriate student behavior
  • Understand the fundamental developmental stages in the social, emotional, and academic lives of middle school students
  • Evaluate students’ work on a regular basis using a variety of methods including but not limited to portfolio collection, rubrics and state standards, formal and informal assessment measures. Use student work, standardized testing and other forms of assessment to inform decision-making regarding instruction
  • Serve as a grade-level advisor, creating a sense of community among students
  • Participate in curriculum development and serve on faculty committees
  • Commit to continuously improving teaching practice through goal setting, professional development, working with mentors, and collaborating with colleagues
  • Communicate with parents and provide opportunities for them to participate in the education of their daughters
  • Attend school events/activities outside of the school day and supervise as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • Belief in and support for the Mission, Core Values, and Guiding Principles of the school
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in education, or in history or related field
  • 2+ years of classroom experience teaching social studies or humanities in a middle school setting; demonstrated commitment to middle school education, urban education, and girls education
  • Eager to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work independently as a curricular leader, as well as collaboratively with faculty peers
  • Initiative, creativity, and willingness to advise extracurricular activities and seek community-based opportunities to enrich the curriculum
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work effectively with a wide range of people in a diverse community
  • Strong organizational and effective time-management skills
  • Experience in independent schools preferred
  • Clearances required
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) is a plus

To apply, send cover letter, resume, references to Maura Farrell, Head of School
mfarrell@sophia-academy.org


Substitute Teacher

Sophia Academy, an independent middle school for girls, is seeking substitute teachers for occasional assignments.

A substitute teacher may provide instruction and follow lesson plans for students in grade 5-8 in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies, and will lead a grade level advisory.
The substitute teacher must understand the emotional and educational needs of adolescent children, be able to effectively communicate with them, and respond appropriately to individual differences in children.

Hours: 7:45 AM – 3:30 PM plus weekly faculty meetings on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 PM.

Qualifications: B.A. in education or subject-related discipline. BCI required. Experience in independent and all-girls schools preferred.

Please send resume and cover letter to: Maura Farrell, Head of School: mfarrell@sophia-academy.org