Blue Ridge School is an all-boys, all-boarding college preparatory school for 185 boys on a stunning 750-acre campus along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge is only 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, a vibrant community and home to the University of Virginia.
Blue Ridge educators gain the added satisfaction of working with students inside and outside the classroom which gives them a greater influence in shaping a student’s mind and character. Our teachers have the opportunity to lead athletic and outdoor activities based on their own passions.
The school provides an interactive learning environment in which teachers have a great amount of autonomy in their classrooms and still have the support of a collaborative faculty. Using a college-preparatory curriculum with a high-degree of individual support, teachers can better prepare their students for college and careers in the 21st century.
Most teachers live on campus in homes provided by the school. On campus housing helps give our safe, family-oriented community the sense of a small village in which students and families live and work together.
The role of English & Drama Teacher is a full-time, 9-month, position that has primary responsibilities to plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. This teacher will teach 4 sections of English in a combination of courses that could include Language/Literature I, Language/Literature II, World Literature, or American Literature.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences
Develop course syllabi and lesson plans
Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
Prepare classroom for class activities
Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities
Use relevant technology to support instruction
Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying learning styles
Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and resources
Demonstrate a willingness to engage students in developing solid skills in reading literature for comprehension, appreciation, and interpretation
Work with students to improve their writing skills both in formal and creative formats
Facilitate instruction in the fundamentals of English grammar by means of familiarizing students with the basic sentence patterns and by the practice of sentence combining, and the strengthening of vocabulary skills
Keep up to date with developments in subject area, teaching resources and methods and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities
Assign and grade class work, homework, tests and assignments to include regular constructive feedback on all work and assessments
Observe, evaluate, and record each student's overall performance and development
Prepare reports and update all necessary records accurately, completely, and timely as required by school policies regarding students’ behavior and academic achievement
Participate in department meetings, school meetings, and parent meetings
Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs
Perform certain advisory duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement
Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school
Direct the school's drama productions, a daily after school program, that involves the direction of one major musical in either the winter or spring.
Ordering scripts and coordinating stage production, including constructing, painting, moving scenery, operating stage light, and sound equipment
Managing productions, including tech, lighting, sound and backstage management
Teaches acting principles and techniques to individuals and to groups
Conducts readings to evaluate student talent
Teaches enunciation, diction, voice development, and dialects, using voice exercises, speech drills, explanation, lectures, and improvisation.
Auditions students, our boys and girls from the local public school, to select cast and assign parts.
Participates on weekday and weekend duty teams
Attends on-campus special events, such as Registration, Parents Weekend, Alumni Weekend, School sponsored mixers, etc.
Bachelor's Degree or higher in English from an accredited institution
Experience teaching and leading vocal music ensembles, preferred
Experience teaching theatre to high school students from diverse backgrounds
Working knowledge of research on the benefits of single-gender education
Specific knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar
Flexibility, creativity and willingness to play an active role in the life of the School community
Proficient use of technology in the classroom and the theory behind such use
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with students, parents, peers, and supervisors
Exceptional organizational, planning, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills
Effective time management skills
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Teaching credential or certification preferred; not required
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 25% sitting, 25% walking, and 50% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.