Middle School Technology Integration Specialist & D-Lab/Robotics Teacher

Trinity Episcopal School of Austin
Austin, TX United States

Trinity Episcopal School seeks a highly qualified, motivated individual with the desire, expertise, and leadership capacity to support a rigorous, collaborative, enriched educational environment through the instruction, implementation, and integration of technology skills and tools throughout the curriculum. This individual also must be passionate about executing and advancing the school’s robust D-Lab (design, dream, and discover!) and Robotics programs.

Trinity Episcopal School is an inclusive, forward-thinking, faith-based PK-8 independent school that meets each student where they are to nurture the whole child’s academic, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Trinity is located in West Lake Hills, close to downtown Austin, Texas.

Our Mission:  At Trinity Episcopal School, we will nurture each child academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  We will honor each child’s spirit for learning and life, ever mindful that we are all children of God.

Position Overview:  The Middle School Technology Integration Specialist is charged with overseeing all aspects of technology skills development and instructional technology usage in the Middle School, as well serving as the primary teacher and coordinator of the D-Lab and Robotics programs.

Responsibilities:

  • As a leader and member of the PK-8 Library, Research, and Technology department, the technology integration specialist (TIS) helps to meaningfully embed technology and digital citizenship instruction into the academic curriculum, implement and facilitate pedagogically sound technology initiatives and practices, and be responsive to new external drivers (e.g. disruptive shifts) of technology, media, and communication both in professional practice and instruction.
  • As a technology specialist, the TIS collaborates with faculty on the needs of both students and teachers as it relates to our 1-to-1 laptop program; consults with the IT department and school administration to provide recommendations for the selection, acquisition, and evaluation of technologies in all formats; and shares expertise on the ethical use of digital tools.
  • As an instructional partner, the TIS works with the Middle School (MS) teachers and other educators to build and strengthen their instructional practice, curricular content, learning outcomes, etc. through the integration of technology, creation of digital classroom spaces, and implementation of innovative tech tools.
  • The TIS works in the capacity of a teacher, empowering students to become critical and trans-disciplinary thinkers; enthusiastic tinkerers and problem-solvers; and safe, responsible, and ethical users of digital media and tools. The TIS maintains the makerspace; teaches co-curricular and elective classes in grades 5-8 – including D-Lab, Research & Media Literacy, and Robotics; and helps oversee keyboarding instruction.
  • As the primary teacher and coordinator of the Robotics program, the TIS coaches, organizes, and promotes the extra-curricular robotics club and competitive teams participating in FIRST Lego League.
  • As a member of a dynamic and caring faculty, the TIS and D-Lab & Robotics teacher helps ensure that all students make academic and social progress in accordance with our school’s mission and core values.

At Trinity, our teachers:

  • seek knowledge of current instructional theories as a commitment to understanding and professional growth
  • demonstrate a vast repertoire of effective and engaging instructional strategies that meet the needs of all students
  • hold high – but not uniform – expectations of all students
  • maximize instructional minutes
  • model, teach, and expect age-appropriate disciplined behaviors in a way that is mission-consistent and respectful
  • meaningfully and personally engage with all students
  • actively support colleagues
  • positively and actively contribute to the life of the school
  • collaborate with parents in the best interest of the students
  • understand and respect the principal qualities of an Episcopal school
  • respect and seek understanding in all facets of diversity

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited school is required; master’s degree (or professional certification) in instructional technology and/or curriculum and instruction preferred
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary academic discourse on the skills necessary for the workplace of the future – especially with regard to research, design thinking, assistive technology, and social media
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with teachers from the multiple departments and leverage resources, strategies, and tech tools to create digital classrooms and workspaces, deepen learning, and promote transfer of learning across disciplines and between grade levels
  • Vast knowledge of and deep passion for using technology as a tool for productivity, creativity, and collaboration
  • Experience working with middle school students and a basic understanding of adolescent development
  • Expertise and interest in teaching STEAM lessons and projects, including robotics
  • Organizational skills, energy, and passion needed to coordinate extracurricular clubs and competitions
  • Attention to detail and thoughtful care essential to maintaining a well-organized, welcoming, and functional makerspace environment for the Trinity community in which to engage in a multiplicity of stimulating learning activities
  • Knowledge, experience, and leadership skills to provide, individually and as a department, ongoing training, professional development, inspiration, and support of the Trinity community with regard to the use of educational technology instruction and tools
  • Forward-thinking, intentional, and enthusiastic approach to education with the ability to anticipate future obstacles and find ways to continually retool to meet challenges

Contact Information

To apply:  Resumes and letters of application should be sent to Human Resources at Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Cave Road, Austin, TX  78746, or by email to employment@austintrinity.org.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and accepted until the position is filled.  No phone calls please.

Trinity Episcopal School invites all qualified individuals who share our core values to apply for faculty positions. All faculty members must be able to support Trinity’s mission as a Christian school.

Trinity Episcopal School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Trinity Episcopal School complies with applicable state and local laws governing, non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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