HVA’s expectations for teachers are aligned with our educational philosophy and supported through professional development. In brief, we expect teachers to engage students in sophisticated and challenging work that involves complex questions, requires deep thinking, and sparks intellectual curiosity. We expect teachers to empower students. Conversely, what we expect not to see in our classrooms are rote learning practices that make minimal cognitive demands, such as memorizing chants and fill-in-the-blank worksheets.
You can’t be a person who just checks off boxes and says you did the basic things and then walk out the door. We are committed to being entrepreneurs here, and when you’re an entrepreneur that means you’re working a lot.
Literally everybody’s door is open. And everyone is just like come in, learn, work with me! So yes, it’s about working, but it’s also about building something that is pretty powerful.
It’s obviously challenging, and that challenge isn’t something you should shy away from. You’re here on purpose, because it’s hard. It’s harder than other jobs and it’s more fun than other jobs too!