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A challenging position as a Mathematics teacher where unique teaching strategies allow me to effectively engage all students
Mathematics Teacher (Current Employee), Point Loma, CAApril 1, 2014
Instructing on probability, quadratic functions, equations, geometry, trigonometry and algebra in an interdisciplinary, innovative charter school with an average of four math classes per semester and 25 students in each class in the 10th grade

Designing and developing all related homework, tests and projects to support learning

Implementing Project Based Learning (PBL) curriculum, a combination of common core standards and innovative, solution-oriented, project work in collaborative groups

Creating Socratic Seminars to stimulate original questions, engagement and thought-provoking discussions

Overseeing students’ completion of projects and evaluating students’ understanding through multiple forms of assessment

Monitoring the performance of students in class, providing encouragement and after school support to students requiring additional help

Meeting regulatory guidelines consistently by tracking students’ overall performance, attendance, and grades

Mentoring 15-18 advisees for the duration of their high school years

Coordinating and implementing travel to universities throughout California for the purpose of bringing students to attend campus tours and drop-in lectures

Organizing various off-site activities including hikes and camping trips with students

Organized students to produce a local music performance; included all marketing activities such as print and radio advertising

Co-designed and implemented an annual, week-long program for over 100 sophomore students to explore colleges and career opportunities; this included over 40 presentations by local professionals, national college representatives and leaders of resume and interview workshops
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Amazing work atmosphere as teachers are trusted to do their best work with students.
Teacher (Current Employee), Chula Vista, CAJanuary 22, 2014
I can think of no better working atmosphere for a teacher than High Tech. Teacher's go through a very challenging hiring process because once they are part of the community they are trusted to be effective project based teachers. Our students are some of the most well spoken you will ever encounter. They become maser collaborators at a very young age and know how to produce beautiful work.
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Demanding and rewarding workplace
Teacher (Former Employee), San Diego, CANovember 6, 2013
Pros: amazing culture, fantastic people, intellectually and creatively challenging
Cons: structural problems with the organization, no work life balance, no job security, low salary compared to district schools, poor benefits package
High Tech High is a frustrating place to work. On the one hand, it is an amazing environment, filled with passionate, extremely dedicated and competent teachers and administrators. They have a very well defined culture and expect a lot from their employees. In return, they give teachers the respect and freedom to design a curriculum that they feel is most effective. This is extremely rare in education, and is an amazing feature of these schools.

Unfortunately, due in part to some of the design features of the school, they struggle with some very critical components of an outstanding workplace. First, by allowing each teacher to design their own curriculum and classroom policies, the school as a whole becomes excessively disjointed and school wide policies are murky at best. This creates a large discipline problem, hurts the chances for a strong school identity/culture and results in cliques and factions amongst politically similar teachers and administrators.

Second, a lack of standardization between grade levels and teachers results in hugely inconsistent education for students. It is very possible for students to learn the same material multiple times throughout their careers and for them to emerge from high school without having learned the vital foundational tools they need for success in college.

Third, due in part to their insistence that all students deserve good teachers, teachers are only ever able to receive one year contracts and those can be broken mid-year if necessary. Essentially, you are constantly required to perform above a threshold level or you will be dismissed. While aspects of this make sense and are reasonable, job security is very low at High Tech High.
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a good place to work except if you care about what you do.
worker (Former Employee), Point Loma, CAAugust 7, 2012
Pros: health care is great
Cons: management lacks leadership skills.
bad management didnt care about the people that work there only themselves.

About HIGH TECH HIGH

The Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High Charter School is a bold innovation in public education. Launched in September 2000 – Read more