The Summa Educators - What we are looking for in our teachers

The best teachers are masters of connection with the student. Teachers play a critical role in facilitating an environment of learning and mutual respect. Creating a successful classroom environment requires trustworthy relationships that provide a safe space for students to take academic risks while learning. In the Spring of 2013, Summa will be hiring 10 new teachers. We are looking for teachers who are willing to engage students where they are, promote a collaborative supportive environment, and engage ongoing self-development as a person and as a professional.

The 10 qualities Summa Academy is looking for in our teachers include any of the following:

  • Interest in the way children see the world—developmentally appropriate
  • Caring for the child’s success
  • Presence and authenticity as a human being
  • Self-reflection ability and willingness to engage self-inquiry as you learn with students
  • Commitment to promote well-being—through ethical, respectful, and collaborative professional relationships.
  • Interpersonal intelligence
  • Communication skills— with ability for empathic listening
  • Team-Player—with flexibility and adaptability
  • Observation skills—the ability to be attentive to whatever is happening in the child
  • Interest in contiguous fields (e.g., psychology, communication theory, etc.

Educational background requirements:

  • BA or BS
  • Experience guiding children. Teaching experience welcome but not required
  • Masters degree welcome but is not required

Teachers are the key facilitators of a successful classroom culture. Classroom Culture could be summed up as the often unspoken assumptions about how people (both the teacher and the students) relate to one another.

At Summa Academy, successful classroom cultures are built around relationships involving:

  • Trust of the student’s eagerness to learn
  • Emotional safety
  • Appreciation of various learning styles with awareness of the student’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Communication skill (e.g., teacher with students, with parents/caregivers, and with colleagues)
  • Mutual respect
  • Valuing teacher-parent relationships—communication, timing, and respect
  • Promote positive relationships through modeling

If you are interested in applying for a teaching position at Summa Academy, please send a letter of interest and resume to our Academy Director at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We will begin our training program for fall 2014 teachers in January. This year’s course is being offered in conjunction with PSU, so you can receive credit for participating. If you are interested we encourage you to attend one of these free talks about the program and teaching at Summa. You can reigster for the course here.


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