Employment

Westminster is always looking for teachers with a strong faith in Jesus Christ who view teaching not only as a job but also as a calling.

We seek individuals who are driven by excellence, care deeply about their students, and are willing to develop healthy, nurturing relationships in and outside the classroom. If you believe Westminster might be the place for you, we want to hear from you.

Westminster Christian Academy Mission Statement

Westminster Christian Academy honors Jesus Christ by providing an excellent education, rooted in biblical truth as interpreted by the Westminster Confession of Faith, for the children of Christian parents. Faculty and staff enable students to discover and embrace a biblical view of the world and integrate that view into every area of life.

Open Positions

Teaching Positions

Application Process for Teachers
If you think you would be a good fit for Westminster, we would like you to take the following steps to expedite the application process.

  1. Complete our teacher application and instruct your college to forward your official transcripts to Meghan Goessling.
  2. Send this form to three references for completion.
  3. Select candidates will be apprised of the expectations of Westminster faculty and be invited to respond to a set of questions prepared with input from each department.
  4. Select candidates will be invited to a conference/Skype call with members of the department and administration.
  5. Candidates will be asked to make an on-site visit to Westminster, during which time they will teach a class while observed by members of the department and administration; meet and interview with the department head, assistant head of school, and head of school; meet with department members; and meet with the Education Committee of the Board.

 

Staff Positions

Assistant Athletic Director

Part-time Custodian

Substitute Custodial Position

Technical Production Intern

 

Coaching Positions

  • Varsity Girls Basketball
  • Head Cheer
  • Head Varsity Dance
  • Assistant Varsity Dance
  • Assistant Girls Volleyball

Please fill out the Coach Application. Contact Lindsay Carlile, interim athletic director, with any questions.

 

Our Philosophy of Education

Westminster is an independent coeducational, 7-12th grade college preparatory school founded on the following:

  • We believe that God is the creator and sustainer of all things and that Jesus Christ is the only redeemer of our fallen world. As a covenantal school, we are committed, in partnership with home and church, to a quality education based on these truths.
  • We believe that our curriculum provides an academically diverse student body with knowledge in the traditional liberal arts and the skills and wisdom to apply that knowledge. Teachers are committed to designing and employing creative teaching strategies to meet this goal.
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  • We believe that a complete education transforms knowledge into practical action. The development and application of Christian character, through leadership training, community service, cocurricular programs, and the building of relationships, are essential outgrowths of our educational perspective.
  • We believe that trust, respect, and open communication are the foundation for the school program and the community atmosphere. We expect staff and students to exemplify biblical standards in their attitudes and life-styles and to take personal responsibility for the growth and development of others.

 

Our Educational Objectives

A Westminster Christian Academy education will encourage students to:

  • Respond personally to the gift of salvation;
  • Develop a biblical value system that guides decision making;
  • Develop individuality and self-acceptance based on God’s grace and truth alone;
  • Accept and appreciate all people as God’s image-bearers;
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  • Recognize, embrace, and participate in the interpersonal relationships within the community;
  • Develop basic competencies and applicable skills in theology, sciences, physical education, humanities, foreign languages, and practical and fine arts;
  • Become life-long learners;
  • Participate in cocurricular activities with tenacity, poise and perspective;
  • Participate in inter-disciplinary activities, recognize the interrelatedness of the disciplines, and synthesize the disciplines for themselves;
  • Seek God’s plan for their lives and follow God’s leading in education, career choices, and life-style;
  • Demonstrate responsible stewardship of time, talents, and resources;
  • Respect and enjoy God’s creation;
  • Influence our culture, as redemptive agents in a fallen world, by applying God’s standard of truth and grace.

Philosophy of Curriculum

All schools hope to produce students familiar with a wide range of information from broadly based fields of study. All schools hope to produce students of good character with a finely tuned sense of social responsibility. But as outlined in the mission statement above, the purpose of education at Westminster Christian Academy is much larger: as a school shaped by the Reformed tradition, Westminster’s commitment is to prepare students to uncover and to use their God-given gifts so that they may offer hope and healing to a world badly in need of both. It is not enough that students know the intricacies of mathematics or science or music; they must grasp how these disciplines—and every other discipline as well—have been created by God to help us understand the beauty of His creation, the tragedy of the Fall, and the importance of commitment to restoration and reconciliation in whatever sphere of influence God places them.

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Teachers who embrace that task must recognize three fundamental principles immediately. The first is that whatever their aptitudes or talents, all students have been created in God’s image and must not only be treated with the dignity that is inherently theirs but be given the chance to exercise their unique gifts as well. Therefore, Westminster must honor the divinely ordained abilities of all students and offer a program that provides students with diverse skills and interest an opportunity to thrive. The second is that education must be far more than the dissemination of information. Information is important, for students must grasp the Who? and When? and What? and Where? if they are to discover their place in God’s world. But that information must be a springboard to a personal understanding of how that information connects to them and how they can use that information to make a difference in this world. Finally, students must recognize that though all knowledge and wisdom comes from God, Christians do not have a monopoly on truth. Therefore, it is appropriate and fitting that students explore how God has used Christians and non-Christians alike to reveal how He has shaped the world and has acted to influence the lives of men and women throughout the ages.

The Westminster Way of Teaching

All schools hope to produce students familiar with a wide range of information from broadly based fields of study. All schools hope to produce students of good character with a finely tuned sense of social responsibility. But as outlined in the mission statement above, the purpose of education at Westminster Christian Academy is much larger: as a school shaped by the Reformed tradition, Westminster’s commitment is to prepare students to uncover and to use their God-given gifts so that they may offer hope and healing to a world badly in need of both. It is not enough that students know the intricacies of mathematics or science or music; they must grasp how these disciplines—and every other discipline as well—have been created by God to help us understand the beauty of His creation, the tragedy of the Fall, and the importance of commitment to restoration and reconciliation in whatever sphere of influence God places them.

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Teachers who embrace that task must recognize three fundamental principles immediately. The first is that whatever their aptitudes or talents, all students have been created in God’s image and must not only be treated with the dignity that is inherently theirs but be given the chance to exercise their unique gifts as well. Therefore, Westminster must honor the divinely ordained abilities of all students and offer a program that provides students with diverse skills and interests an opportunity to thrive. The second is that education must be far more than the dissemination of information. Information is important, for students must grasp the Who? and When? and What? and Where? if they are to discover their place in God’s world. But that information must be a springboard to a personal understanding of how that information connects to them and how they can use that information to make a difference in this world. Finally, students must recognize that though all knowledge and wisdom comes from God, Christians do not have a monopoly on truth. Therefore, it is appropriate and fitting that students explore how God has used Christians and non-Christians alike to reveal how He has shaped the world and has acted to influence the lives of men and women throughout the ages.

Because we believe so strongly in this mission, we here at Westminster care deeply about teacher training, and through the Center for Teaching and Learning (the CTL) have created a two-pronged induction program, a mentoring program, an evaluation program and an on-going professional development program. Throughout these programs, we try to communicate a consistent message of all that we believe about teaching and learning so that the entire faculty understands both what we believe effective instruction looks like and how best to facilitate student achievement.

The principles below guide our message to our faculty:

Community

  • Central to effective teaching is the relationship between student and teacher. Teachers who do not love teenagers cannot be effective.
  • Humility must be part of a teacher’s make-up. No teacher can touch every student, no teacher can ever master the profession, and no teacher can ever stop learning. Therefore, collaboration is part of the ethos of Westminster as teachers work together to help each other grow personally and professionally.
  • Teachers are highly encouraged to become involved in the life of the school beyond the classroom, whether through leading or attending co-curricular activities.

Classroom Practice

  • Teachers are expected to create learning opportunities that ask students to wrestle with difficult concepts and skills.
  • Since the goal of Christian education is a life of service in the crucible of the world, Westminster teachers seek to be much more than dispensers of facts and formulas. They seek to engage their students in the issues and questions of life and culture that matter deeply by creating classroom activities that challenge them to think and ask and refuse to settle for easy answers.
  • Teachers are expected to utilize a variety of instructional techniques based upon the needs of their students.
  • Good teaching can take many forms, but the key question each teacher must ask is this: “Are all of my students learning?”
  • Because the goal of instruction is student learning, assessments should be viewed as a diagnosis of a student’s progress, not solely as a measure of his or her level of academic achievement.
  • Because we believe that students must be allowed to wrestle with critical questions and not just be passive recipients of information, we recognize that teachers may often have to sacrifice coverage of material in the interest of digging deeply into life’s larger issues.
  • Though literacy in each discipline takes on a unique flavor, all teachers should enable students to acquire the tools to become literate in their field by helping them to understand the specific vocabulary, strategies, skills, and critical questions of their discipline.
  • As part of a collaborative community of learners who recognize the unity of all knowledge, teachers here are expected to make connections between the disciplines in an effort to synthesize them into a comprehensive perspective of biblical truth.

Teaching from a Reformed Perspective

  • Teaching is a profoundly important profession in that it shapes lives, influences the culture, and prepares the next generation for their role in the kingdom of God.
  • Crucial to a child’s education is the discovery of his or her specific gifts and the opportunity to develop those gifts to the best of his or her ability in order to play a redemptive role in the home, in the church, and in the community.
  • All truth is God’s truth; thus, non-Christians and Christians alike can shape our understanding of God’s world.

Secular ideas are not dangerous in the context of a guided discussion led by a thoughtful Christian teacher but provide a bridge of communication and understanding for Christians seeking to be agents of redemption in a fallen world.