Lawrence Academy cultivates a working environment that invites innovation, with teachers called on to model independent thinking, problem-solving skills, and creative collaboration.
In facilitating discussions, LA teachers are more eager to help students formulate their own ideas than to lead students to uncover the teachers’ conclusions; when it comes to group work or projects, LA teachers invite students to take initiative by creating an atmosphere that’s stimulating enough to help them see opportunities in their mistakes.
Lawrence Academy’s student-centered curriculum challenges students to participate in and take responsibility for their education more than they ever have before. Students will learn how to learn: how to run their own seminar discussions, design their own experiments, and discover and exercise their own voices in original works of art and while drawing their own conclusions about literature, history, and the sciences.
Working at Lawrence Academy is an intense, all-consuming endeavor of teaching, coaching, and living with adolescents who, by their very nature, will keep you on your toes. To thrive here, teachers should be prepared to work alongside others who are well-grounded in their subject matter, typically coach two seasons of sports, and serve in loco parentis while supervising students in dormitories. LA teachers offer written comments to each of their students every other week, and meet with their small advisory groups three times each week.
Teachers who will most likely be excited, feel supported, and grow at Lawrence Academy are individuals who:
- are well-grounded in their subject area and understand that an interdisciplinary approach to learning helps students see the connections between what have traditionally been seen as separate, discrete disciplines;
- truly value teaching students how to think like scientists, historians, linguists, mathematicians, and artists, because they believe, fundamentally, that the students, not the teacher, belong at the center of all learning and must do hard, intellectual work to discover meaning in developing their own thoughts;
- believe that teaching intellectual skills is just as important as getting students to learn factual content; are eager to participate in the ongoing dialogue focused on building a better school;
- and want to embrace the active, intense life of a boarding school by being involved in the residential and extracurricular aspects of the school.
"This place is going 24/7 and there's just always something to do; people to engage with, activities to engage with – there isn't a dull moment. And while it can look like it's going to be overwhelming, it's not, it's actually just fun."Laura Moore, English Department Chair
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Lawrence Academy is seeking candidates with a commitment to cultural competence which enables individuals to work and communicate across social and cultural differences. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Further, the Academy does not discriminate and does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran or Uniformed Service status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.