Staff Qualifications

Details & Qualifications for Academy Staff 

International Support Center (ISC)

PositionDetails & Qualifications
DirectorThe Director oversees the development and organization of the Mercy Ships Academy by intentionally implementing a Biblical philosophy of education that meets the spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of students, teachers, and parents. The Director is responsible for the Educational Board as well as the overall leadership, accreditation, and finances of the Academy. They are also responsible for recruiting and retaining school staff (with the assistance of the recruiting department) and maintaining and developing the school vision, policies, and procedures.
Support SpecialistThe Mercy Ships Academy Administrative Assistant provides administrative and project management support to the Academy Director and Assistant Director.
Data and Systems ManagerThe Mercy Ships Academy Data and Systems Manager is responsible for managing all data and digital administrative systems within the Academy, as well as providing project management support to the Academy Director and Assistant Director.

The Africa Mercy

PositionDetails & Qualifications
PrincipalThe Academy Principal is responsible for the daily operations of the nursery to Grade 12 levels of education of the ship school onboard a Mercy Ship. They lead the team by managing the teaching staff and implementing and coordinating the academic program and student services, including administrative duties, parent relationships, and supporting auxiliary activities.
• International education experience is preferred
• A current teaching certificate is required
• A minimum commitment of three school years is preferred
Administrative Assistant The Administrative Assistant works under the direction of the Principal. They coordinate, organize, oversee, and perform everyday clerical and administrative duties associated with school operations. They also provide secretarial assistance to the Principal and serve as a liaison between students, staff, and parents.
Preschool TeacherThe Preschool Teacher develops and maintains an age-appropriate environment and instructs children aged three and four in activities designed to promote spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth. The Preschool teacher is also responsible for providing proper communication with parents.
• Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from an accredited college or university is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate/license required
Kindergarten TeacherThe Kindergarten Class Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged five to six. As a flexible individual, the Kindergarten Class Teacher provides instruction through the lens of a Christian worldview to students on a vast array of subjects. In addition, as an autonomous teacher, there is room to plan adventurous outings with students!
• Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from an accredited college or university is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required
Grade 1 TeacherThe Grade 1 Class Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged six to seven. As a flexible individual, the Grade 1 Class Teacher provides instruction through the lens of a Christian worldview to students on a vast array of subjects. In addition, as an autonomous teacher, there is room to plan adventurous outings with students!
• Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from an accredited college or university is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required
Grade 2 TeacherThe Grade 2 Class Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged seven to eight. As a flexible individual, the Grade 2 Class Teacher provides instruction through the lens of a Christian worldview to students on a vast array of subjects. In addition, as an autonomous teacher, there is room to plan adventurous outings with students!
• Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from an accredited college or university is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required
Grade 3 TeacherThe Grade 3 Class Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged eight to nine. As a flexible individual, the Grade 3 Class Teacher provides instruction through the lens of a Christian worldview to students on a vast array of subjects. In addition, as an autonomous teacher, there is room to plan adventurous outings with students!
• Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from an accredited college or university is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required
Grades 4 & 5 TeacherThe Grades 4 & 5 Class Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged 9 to 11.
As a flexible individual, the Grades 4 & 5 Class Teacher provides instruction through the lens of a Christian worldview to students on a vast array of subjects. In addition, as an autonomous teacher, there is room to plan adventurous outings with students!
• Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from an accredited college or university is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required
English Teacher - Junior High & High School (Grades 6-12)The English Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged 11 to 18.
As a flexible individual, the English Teacher provides instruction through the lens of a Christian worldview to students on an array of English-related subjects. In addition, as an autonomous teacher, there is room to incorporate creative ideas using the diverse setting of the ship!
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Education is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required
Social Studies Teacher - Junior High & High School (Grades 6-12)The Social Studies Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged 11 to 18.
As a flexible individual, the Social Studies Teacher provides instruction through the lens of a Christian worldview to students on an array of history-related subjects. In addition, as an autonomous teacher, there is room to incorporate creative ideas using the diverse setting of the ship!
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in History or a related field is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required
Science Teacher - Junior High & High School (Grades 6-12)The Science Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged 11 to 18.
As a flexible individual, the Science Teacher provides instruction through the lens of a Christian worldview to students on an array of science-related subjects. In addition, as an autonomous teacher, there is room to incorporate creative ideas using the diverse setting of the ship!
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in History or a related field is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required
Math Teacher - Junior High & High School (Grades 6-12)The Math Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged 11 to 18. As a flexible individual, the Math Teacher provides instruction through the lens of a Christian worldview to students on an array of math-related subjects. In addition, as an autonomous teacher, there is room to incorporate creative ideas using the diverse setting of the ship!
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in History or a related field is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required
K-12 French SpecialistThe French Language Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged 5 to 18.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in French or a related field is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required
K-12 PE & Computer SpecialistThe Physical Education and Technology Teacher provides an engaging classroom within a multicultural and community-centered environment for learning and growing with children aged 5 to 18.
As a flexible individual, the Physical Education Specialist provides instruction through the lens of a Christian worldview to students on a vast array of subjects. In addition, as an autonomous teacher, there is room to plan creative lessons around the ship!
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in French or a related field is required
• Two years classroom teaching experience is preferred
• Current teaching certificate is required

The Global Mercy

TRACKSMSA CORE CURRICULUMU.S. COLLEGE & UNIVERSITYU.K. & EUROPEAN UNIVERSITYELECTIVE BASED
BIBLE0.5Old Testament
Survey:
Journey with
God
0.5Old Testament
Survey:
Journey with
God
0.5Old Testament
Survey:
Journey with
God
0.5Old Testament
Survey:
Journey with
God
0.5Timeless Truth0.5Timeless Truth0.5Timeless Truth0.5Timeless Truth
0.5New Testament
Survey:
Connecting
with God
0.5New Testament
Survey:
Connecting
with God
0.5New Testament
Survey:
Connecting
with God
0.5New Testament
Survey:
Connecting
with God
0.5Life Shaping
Decisions
0.5Life Shaping
Decisions
0.5Life Shaping
Decisions
0.5Life Shaping
Decisions
1Understanding
the Times
1Understanding
the Times
1Understanding
the Times
1Understanding
the Times
1Missio Dei1Missio Dei1Missio Dei1Missio Dei
ENGLISH1Fundamentals
of Literature I
1Fundamentals
of Literature I
1Fundamentals
of Literature I
1Fundamentals
of Literature I
1Fundamentals
of Literature II
1Fundamentals
of Literature II
1Fundamentals
of Literature II
1Fundamentals
of Literature II
1Advanced
Literature and
Writing I
1Advanced
Literature and
Writing I
1Advanced
Literature and
Writing I
1Advanced
Literature and
Writing I
1Advanced
Literature and
Writing II
1Advanced
Literature and
Writing II
1Advanced
Literature and
Writing II
1Advanced
Literature and
Writing II
MATHEMATICS
All students are
required to take a
minimum of 4
Credits, with
Algebra I,
Geometry and
Algebra II as
compulsory
courses.
There is the
potential to earn 5
credits for
Mathematics.
1Algebra I
(Completed in
Grade 8)
1Algebra I
(Completed in
Grade 8)
1Algebra I
(Completed in
Grade 8)
1Algebra I
(Completed in
Grade 8)
1Geometry1Geometry1Geometry1Geometry
1Algebra II1Algebra II1Algebra II1Algebra II
1Pre-Calculus1Pre -
Calculus/Online
Alternative
1Pre -
Calculus/Online
Alternative #
1Pre -
Calculus/Online
Alternative
1Calculus1Calculus/Online
Alternative
1Calculus/Online
Alternative #
SCIENCE
All students are
required to take
Biology, Physics
and Chemistry.
1Biology1Biology1Biology #1Biology
1Physics1Physics1Physics #1Physics
1Chemistry1Chemistry1Chemistry #1Chemistry
1On Line Science Option1On Line Science Option1On Line Science Option #
SOCIAL
STUDIES

Students pursuing
the Elective Track
only need to
complete 3 of 4
credit options.
1Advanced World Geography1Advanced World Geography1Advanced World Geography1Advanced World Geography
1Advanced Ancient History1Advanced Ancient History1Advanced Ancient History1Advanced Ancient History
1Modern World History1Modern World History1Modern World History #1Modern World History OR
0.5Economics0.5Economics0.5Economics #0.5Economics
0.5Comparative Government0.5Comparative Government0.5Comparative Government #0.5Comparative Government
FRENCH
Students are
required to
complete 2 credits
of one Foreign
Language to
graduate,
excluding the
Elective Track.
0.5French HS 1 A0.5French HS 1 A0.5French HS 1 A
0.5French HS 1 B0.5French HS 1 B0.5French HS 1 B
0.5French HS 2 A0.5French HS 2 A0.5French HS 2 A
0.5French HS 2 B0.5French HS 2 B0.5French HS 2 B
PHYSICAL
EDUCATION
0.5Physiology of
the Body HS
Year 1
0.5Physiology of
the Body HS
Year 1
0.5Physiology of
the Body HS
Year 1
0.5Physiology of
the Body HS
Year 1
0.5Health and
Lifestyle HS
Year 2
0.5Health and
Lifestyle HS
Year 2
0.5Health and
Lifestyle HS
Year 2
0.5Health and
Lifestyle HS
Year 2
0.5Skills
Development
and Bio
Mechanics HS
Year 3
0.5Skills
Development
and Bio
Mechanics HS
Year 3
0.5Skills
Development
and Bio
Mechanics HS
Year 3
0.5Skills
Development
and Bio
Mechanics HS
Year 3
0.5Leading &
Coaching HS
Year 4
0.5Leading &
Coaching HS
Year 4
0.5Leading &
Coaching HS
Year 4
0.5Leading &
Coaching HS
Year 4
INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGY
0.5Programming
I/II and App
Development
0.5Programming
I/II and App
Development
0.5Programming
I/II and App
Development
0.5Programming
I/II and App
Development
0.5Design,
Communication
and Digital
Collaboration
0.5Design,
Communication
and Digital
Collaboration
0.5Design,
Communication
and Digital
Collaboration
0.5Design,
Communication
and Digital
Collaboration
0.5Programming
I/II and
Creative Media
Production
Project
0.5Programming
I/II and
Creative Media
Production
Project
0.5Programming
I/II and
Creative Media
Production
Project
0.5Programming
I/II and
Creative Media
Production
Project
0.5Computer
Science
0.5Computer
Science
0.5Computer
Science
0.5Computer
Science
ELECTIVES
0.5 Credits per
school year from
Grade 9 to 12.
0.5SAT/ACT
Preparation
0.5SAT/ACT
Preparation
0.5SAT/ACT
Preparation
0.5SAT/ACT
Preparation
0.5Student's
Choice/Study
Hall *
0.5Student's
Choice *
0.5Student's
Choice/Study
Hall *
0.5Student's
Choice *
0.5Student's
Choice/Study
Hall *
0.5Student's
Choice *
0.5Student's
Choice/Study
Hall *
0.5Student's
Choice *
0.5Student's
Choice/Study
Hall *
0.5Student's
Choice *
0.5Student's
Choice/Study Hall *
0.5Student's
Choice *
0.5Student's
Choice *
TOTAL CREDITS28282827
OTHER REQUIREMENTS/
RECOMMENDATIONS
Please check
with
universities to
see if there are
any required
courses. This
varies greatly.
2-4Possible AP
Course
Substitution #

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