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Lead Program Teacher, BridgeUP: STEM

American Museum of Natural History

New York, New York
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The American Museum of Natural History is seeking a Lead Teacher to join its new, computational science-focused education initiative, BridgeUP: STEM.

BridgeUP: STEM is a five-year pilot program that seeks to bridge the gender and opportunity gaps in the science and technology sectors by providing innovative education programming through five components: Brown Scholars, an immersive education program for high school girls that embeds computer science education in the context of scientific inquiry; Helen Fellows, a nationally-searched one-year fellowship for five post Baccalaureate women to launch their careers in computational science; a middle school partnership program for boys and girls who lack access to computational science education; a professional development program in computational science for New York City science educators; and an annual Museum Hackathon where professional developers address computational challenges in a given scientific discipline. The program is housed in the Museum’s Education Department, Center for Lifelong Learning.

As part of a small, nimble, and dynamic team, the Lead Teacher will help empower our students thru the acquisition of programming knowledge and skills and support BridgeUP’s overall mission. In collaboration with BridgeUP’s core team, the Lead Teacher will focus on developing, teaching, and supporting an integrated curriculum across all five program components that fosters participants’ development of computational skills and understanding of computational science.

What You'll Do:

  • Lead teach the Brown Scholars Year 1 program, including refining and maintaining its curriculum and mentoring TA’s in its implementation.
  • Mentor BridgeUP TA’s and part-time teachers, guiding them in the development and implementation of the Brown Scholars Year 2 curriculum.
  • In collaboration with the Director and Associate Director, and with support from the BridgeUP team, design and implement learning activities for the Brown Scholars Year 3.
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director, liaison across the museum’s science and education divisions to access the appropriate resources to develop, refine, and maintain BridgeUP’s curriculum and educational assets.
  • Co-teach the middle school content on museum grounds, working with a museum educator as the lead science teacher, including refining and maintaining its curriculum and mentoring TA’s in its implementation.
  • Collaborate with partner schools’ educators to help them refine and port the middle school content to a formal school setting.
  • Collaborate with the Director and external consultants in the assessment of students’ educational learning trajectories.
  • Deliver professional development for teaching staff as needed.
  • In collaboration with the Director and external consultants, identify and implement participation and learning opportunities for high school students during the Museum Annual Hackathon.
  • In collaboration with the Director and partner schools’ educators, design and pilot a professional development program in computational science for New York City science educators
  • As part of the BridgeUP team, participate in the Brown Scholars recruitment and selection process.
  • Attend external events such as NYC DOE meetings and CS4ALL workshops as required.
  • Carry out general administrative tasks, including note-taking, memo writing, photocopying, printing, supply inventory, cleaning and tidying of the classroom, etc.


What You'll Bring:

  • The Lead Teacher will be an experienced educator with a passion for nurturing an inquisitive mind set in all students across a variety of educational settings.
  • An academic background in computer science, mathematics, or science with a Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge and teaching experience at the high school level is desired, as well as knowledge of youth development and learning.
  • Computer programming experience and knowledge of Computer Science standards is a must; knowledge of Science standards is a plus.
  • A dedication to improving the lives of young people through innovation, collaborating, and communications is essential.

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume in Word or PDF format via email with the subject line ‘Lead Program Teacher BridgeUp: STEM’ to Yvonne De La Peña at


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