Sonoma Academy is an independent high school located in Santa Rosa, CA on a 34-acre campus, surrounded by 1,000 acres of protected open space, at the base of Taylor Mountain. Founded in 2001, it provides an engaging, challenging, and innovative college preparatory education and a supportive community for motivated learners from Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino counties. The school currently serves 330 students in grades 9 through 12 and is increasing its enrollment each year. For more information on programs and philosophy, please visit our website: www.sonomaacademy.org.
Sonoma Academy calls its students to be creative, ethical, and committed to learning. The school nurtures inspiring teachers and engages with the surrounding community, and its students communicate across cultures as they prepare to become leaders in a dynamic world.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Mission
We believe that learning occurs best in a connected community. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential to an education in which all members of our community thrive. We are committed to cultivating a diverse community that is conscious and welcoming of difference, dedicated to investigating and advancing equity, and engages with our local and global community.
We are deeply committed to having a staff, faculty, and student body who reflect the rich diversity within the North Bay and we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. If you would like to join us in our work, we welcome your application.
The Humanities Instructor will be responsible for teaching a core Sophomore Humanities (World History/English) course as well as Humanities electives. Humanities classes are semester-long courses that meet for 80 minutes a day, five days a week, and focus on literature and history, while drawing from a range of social science disciplines, including cultural and area studies, geography, philosophy, law, economics, religion, international relations, race and gender studies, psychology, linguistics, and art.
Required Skills and Experiences:
BA in History/World history, English/World Literature, or a related academic field
Minimum three years of experience teaching grades 9-12 (Humanities or English or History or both) or equivalent experience in a related field
Passionate about teaching writing
Excited to develop original and innovative course offerings that challenge our students to interrogate dominant narratives and to think critically about their place in the world
Thinks creatively about pedagogy and assessment
Works collaboratively as a member of a connected community to deliver a range of programs, including Intersession, Advisory, Exploratory, Connections, DEI work, and more
Committed to working in a community of diverse students and learners; actively supports adolescent growth and well-being
Capacity to effectively facilitate discussions and debates with varied points of view
Practices cultural competency in all aspects of school life
Desired Skills and Experiences:
Advanced degree (MA, PhD, or equivalent) in history, English, or a related academic field
Background and expertise in Latin American and Latino/a studies
Flexibility, resilience, good humor
Perks of working at SA:
Comprehensive benefits package, including 100% paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees with several plan options to meet individuals’ specific needs
Generous retirement plan contribution of 7% of annual income
Commitment to professional development, including generously- funded training opportunities and a dedicated “exploratory fund” of $450 annually for learning opportunities unrelated to work
Healthy and nutritious lunch service offered at no cost to employees during the school year
A professional work environment defined by teamwork, collegiality, trust, agility, and altruism
About Sonoma Academy
Sonoma Academy is a co-ed college prep high school that serves students from Sonoma, Napa, Marin, and Lake Counties. Our campus is located on a 34-acre site at the foot of Taylor Mountain in southeastern Santa Rosa, approximately one hour north of San Francisco. Our commitment to socio-economic diversity ensures that almost 50% of the student body receives financial aid. The extraordinary Davis Scholars program supports all-inclusive scholarships for 4-6 Latinex first-gen students every year.
Based on an understanding of the adolescent brain and with the knowledge that learning occurs best in the context of an inclusive and connected community, our curriculum is grounded in a rigorous college preparatory framework. We are multidisciplinary and innovative, giving students the ability to ask the hard questions, and the tools to answer them. We are technologically sophisticated, but we recognize the limitations of technology. We teach critical thinking, cultural competency, and empathy because this is the foundation of true learning. We love play and humor and art, because we know that they make us human. We also know that a deep grasp of concepts is what helps us to navigate an e...ver-changing world. We are deeply humanistic, treating every student with profound respect and care. We provide students with the intellectual, social, and ethical foundations necessary to thrive in our changing times, no matter their individual path.
Commitment to Diversity
We believe that learning occurs best in a connected community. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential to an education in which all members of our community thrive. We are committed to cultivating a diverse community that is conscious and welcoming of difference, dedicated to investigating and advancing equity, and engages with our local and global community. If you would like to join us in our work, we would welcome your application. As we are deeply committed to having a staffulty (staff and faculty) and student body which reflects the rich diversity within the North Bay, we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.