About Us

Middle School Physical Education Teacher

University Liggett School has a long tradition as an outstanding school, known for providing the kind of innovative and exploratory experiences that connect a diverse student body with their learning in dynamic and engaging ways. It is an inspiring place where ideas and possibilities abound. Like any school, there are traditions which form the foundation of our work in the community, and our foundation is strong. Our charge is to be better than good enough, and to understand that risk taking, innovation, and creativity lie at the center of good teaching and learning for our students and our faculty.
Departmental Philosophy and Mission

The Liggett Physical Education department creates a safe environment, both physically and psychologically, for each of its students. Compassion, responsibility and acceptance of others are paramount on a daily basis through instruction, reflection and debriefing. Within a competitive situation each student can fully engage and build self-confidence in a comfortable setting regardless of skill level. Units are designed so that each student finds a role to experience success.
The Liggett Physical Education department promotes and upholds the qualities inherent in teamwork and good sportsmanship. Classes promote a cooperative environment in which students see the importance of communication and collaboration where both sharing and listening to ideas is encouraged. All students learn to recognize, accept, and value their strengths, as well as the strengths of others. Active participation and goal setting challenge students to achieve their personal best. Throughout this positive physical education experience, students gain the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to lead safe, healthy and physically active lives.
The Position

University Liggett School seeks a dynamic, energetic, physical education teacher to join the middle school PE program. Candidates should be eager to work in an innovative, collaborative, team-based environment that is committed to educating the whole child. The 2019-20 school year will bring a new schedule to the middle school and increased opportunities to collaborate in the department to develop robust curricula centered around general elements of fitness and team sports. Additionally, schoolwide wellness initiatives are strategic priorities for the school, and the ideal candidate will bring a desire to partner in the implementation of this important institutional goal.
Responsibilities include:
  • Teach four sections of middle school Physical Education
  • Create an equitable class environment which demands respect, responsibility and good sportsmanship
  • Ensure progression of skill development which challenges students individually and as a group
  • Serve as member of the Physical Education department
  • Serve as a middle school advisor
  • Be part of middle school grade level team
  • Coach two seasons of athletics based on experience and strategic need
  • Communicate thoughtfully, respectfully, and clearly with parents
  • Write thoughtful, articulate progress reports
  • Participate actively in advancing The Liggett Approach
Bachelor's degree is required. Degree in Physical Education is preferred.
  • Enthusiasm for middle school learners and an understanding of their developmental needs
  • Competence in Physical Education curriculum development, instruction and pedagogy
  • Energy, flexibility, warmth and creativity
  • A keen desire to work in a collaborative, student centered environment
  • Ability to create an inclusive environment for all students
  • An eager willingness to assist in the life of the School
  • Facility with technology
Contact Person
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, educational philosophy, and resume to Rob Butler, Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School rbutler@uls.org.
University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.


University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444