Biology, Honors Biology, and Animal Behaviors long-term substitute teacher

26 Days Ago Cate School Carpinteria, California, United States

Biology, Honors Biology, and Animal Behaviors long-term substitute teacher

Cate School

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Degree Title
Biology, Science
Job Type : Full-time
Zipcode : 93013
Posted : 2023-11-14


For over 100 years, Cate has been combining the best of East Coast tradition and West Coast energy and innovation in the service of highly motivated, independent-minded kids. Residential life is structured to develop well-being and leadership through the practice of self-discipline and service. In addition to an inquiry-driven curriculum designed to elicit the greatest possible growth in every student, all students participate in an extracurricular program that includes athletics, drama, music, dance, community service, and an extensive outdoor program. With more than 50 honors and advanced courses, the Cate curriculum can meet the demands of the most ambitious students. A typical applicant to Cate has impeccable character, a history of high academic achievement, is mature, curious, adventurous, and willing to assume responsibility and independence.

At Cate School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work are integral to our mission because we recognize that academic excellence and productive citizenship are impossible without intercultural competency. While DEI work at Cate has historically focused on increasing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity amongst students and faculty, today’s efforts must also provide the skills and competencies that will allow all stakeholders to thrive in increasingly diverse environments, beginning with the one we are constructing at Cate.

Cate’s approach is to “meet students where they are,” and ensure, through education and practice, that they graduate with the foundational skills necessary to excel in institutions of higher learning and in the 21st-century workplace. This approach embodies Cate’s mission as an educational institution rooted not only in character development but in skill building. Likewise, faculty cultural competency is evaluated during the hiring process and then supported and evaluated at regular intervals as part of Cate’s ongoing professional development. Continually honing these skills is essential to ensuring that each member of the Cate community feels a genuine sense of belonging and is able to achieve their greatest growth.

At Cate, we often talk about the deep sense of community that attends the “spirit of this place.” While the “spirit” manifests in many ways, it is rooted in the full recognition of the dignity of each person. We encourage all members of the Cate community to share their background, interests, identities, and beliefs so that we can collectively work to broaden our perspectives, deepen our capacity for empathy, and strengthen our resilience. In doing so, we can continue the daily work of creating and building community.

Cate School is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity Employment and nondiscrimination in the treatment of employees or applicants for employment without consideration of race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, gender or gender identity.

Cate School offers competitive compensation. In setting compensation ranges, Cate School reviews numerous factors including industry data from NAIS, CAIS, NBOA, and other market data. Final Salary is based on experience relevant to the role and internal equity.


Position Description



Position:                 Biology, Honors Biology, and Animal Behaviors long-term substitute teacher

Reports to:             Craig Bouma, Science Chair

Date Written:         November 1, 2023

Status:                     Exempt (Salaried)

Pay Scale:                            $60,000 - $80,000 annually 

Period of Employment: March 18, 2024 - June 15, 2024 and/or August 15, 2024-Nov 30, 2024

Contact: Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics      


                                           805-684-4127 ext. 271




Cate School is committed to attracting and retaining a highly talented and diverse community.  We seek applications from candidates who are eager to live among and teach young people from all over the world. A small co-educational boarding school on the Central Coast of California, Cate School offers a career opportunity for educators whose priorities and purposes mirror the four pillars of our mission statement--commitment, scholarship, companionship, and service.  


Job Description for Science Teacher

Cate School is currently seeking highly qualified biology instructor candidates. The position will include close collaboration with science colleagues and teaching three junior-level biology sections (two Biology and one Honors Biology) and one elective: Animal Behaviors. All four classes meet thrice weekly for 65 minutes. One-hour department and faculty meetings are scheduled once per week.  The teacher will instruct four sections, attend department and faculty meetings, and report to Craig Bouma, Chair of the Science Department.


Cate students, teachers, and parents have high expectations for teaching and learning. Consequently, we expect our teachers to...


  • Collaborate
    • work with course team teachers to deliver consistent, high-quality instruction 
    • participate in department, school, and parent meetings 
    • communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and student needs


  • Practice excellent teaching:


  • plan, prepare, and design activities that engage students in inquiry and facilitate active learning experiences
  • be knowledgeable of and incorporate national standards and best practices
  • identify and select differentiated instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying needs
  • guide and monitor student learning and growth through formative assessment and appropriate feedback
  • assign and grade class work, homework, tests, and assignments in a timely, fair, and consistent manner
  • maintain accurate and complete records of student's progress and development
  • participate in department and school meetings, parent meetings
  • communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and student needs
  • keep updated with developments in the subject area and with teaching resources and methods, make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities, and be willing to grow professionally and attend conferences


  • Continue to Learn
    • maintain a commitment to continuous professional growth through reflective practice, evaluative feedback, and evolving school needs
    • stay up-to-date with curriculum standards, developments in education, teaching resources and methods, and incorporate new learning into teaching practices 
    • help advance the school’s objectives concerning the curricular integration of computational thinking


  • Demonstrate commitment to  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work
    • foster a sense of belonging for each student 
    • help advance the department’s objectives concerning anti-racist pedagogies and curriculum 




In terms of education and experience, applicants for this position will have:

  • minimally a BS or BA in life science or a related field
  • experience teaching high school life science courses 
  • demonstrated facility with or ability to learn LMS (Schoology, Veracross, etc.)
  • demonstrated commitment to / love for working with teenagers as a role model, mentor, advisor
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • demonstrated commitment to professionalism, collaboration, and growth


Key Competencies

  •    self-motivation
  •    high energy level
  •    verbal and written communication skills
  •    Attention to detail
  •    high work standards
  •    problem-solving
  •    decision making
  •    organizing and planning
  •    learning orientation
  •    critical thinking
  •    stress tolerance
  •    flexibility and adaptability
  •    initiative

Interested candidates should send a CV and two letters of reference to Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics,

Job Location
Carpinteria, California, United States
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