High School English Teacher

Location

Richmond

Virginia

Salary

Annual salary dependent upon experience

Type

Full-time

High School English Teacher

Cardinal Newman Academy in Richmond, VA seeks a high school English teacher. The ideal candidate will hold at least a bachelor’s degree and have a commitment to providing for the moral, intellectual, and physical development of students in a stimulating and nurturing environment, fostering an attitude of discipleship in our students for the glory of God and in partnership with their parents. The candidate should be willing to work collaboratively in a small environment, and be supportive of the school’s Catholic culture and core values.

Cardinal Newman Academy is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory high school offering a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. Our curriculum is designed to ensure academic rigor, to invite students to examine the most fundamental questions about God, human nature, and the natural world, and to ignite a spirit of wonder and joy at the gift of our own lives and of all God’s creation. Cardinal Newman Academy emphasizes the great works of Western civilization to help our students acquire the moral and intellectual habits needed to excel in any academic or professional pursuits, and to form the minds of students to know the truth and train their wills to seek the good.

The truths of the Catholic Faith establish a framework for all our studies. Our students inherit a foundation of knowledge, develop as human beings, and come to know and love Jesus Christ and his Church.  We foster moral values which are consistent in all respects with the teachings of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.

This education aims primarily at the perfection of the human being. That perfection includes contributions to the wellbeing of the community in which the student lives and learns. For this reason, service to the community is an essential part of our education. Through rigorous academics and service to others, our students become faithful members of the Church and good citizens, well-prepared to excel in the modern world.

English Curriculum

As Cardinal Newman states, literature is the “manifestation of human nature in human language”: it portrays the relations, actions, emotions, and passions of human beings. Great literature is beautiful, and this beauty has a powerful formative influence on youth. Through their engagement with great literature, students learn self-reflection and creativity through the writing process; develop the skills necessary for insightful literary analysis; and reflect on the value of character and virtue that are integral to the school’s mission. Finally, literature provides students with models of clear, precise, and beautiful English and teaches them to write well.

Cardinal Newman Academy requires four years of English.

The applicant should be prepared to write and teach an integrated sequence of up to five full-year courses that fulfill the requirements of the school’s curriculum. The freshman year necessarily begins with an emphasis on the development of basic skills for critical reading, analysis and composition.  These needs are addressed through the writing of short critical essays based on the reading of a series of short stories.  The remainder of the freshman year and all subsequent years focus on reading great literature organized around a sequence of themes. The teacher will have significant latitude to develop that sequence and to select the works to be studied.

A possible sequence of themes includes self-awareness, self-definition, social interactions, social structures and conventions, encounter with the Divine and the relationship between humanity and the Creator. Recent classes have read Beowulf, the Hobbit, Julius Caesar, To The Lighthouse, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, With God in RussiaDiary of a Country Priest, A Man for All SeasonsGreat Expectations, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Great Expectations, The Importance of Being Earnest, Mansfield ParkThe Crucible, Confessions of St. Augustine, and Kristin Lavransdatter.

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