Francis Parker School is a coeducational independent day school in San Diego, California with 1300 students in grades JK-12. Founded in 1912, the school’s mission is “to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world”.
Overlooking Mission Valley, two separate campuses serve students in Lower School – junior kindergarten through 5th grade; Middle School – 6th grade through 8th grade and Upper School – 9th grade through 12th grade. As a college preparatory school Parker offers a comprehensive program that includes twenty-five advanced placement courses as well as a rich palette of electives – all designed to meet the individual needs of our students.
This opening is for the 2019-2020 school year. Lower School teachers report to the Head of Lower School. Their responsibilities include: classroom management; planning and implementing a challenging, developmentally appropriate visual arts program; attending staff development in-services, faculty meetings, and departmental meetings as required; communicating students' progress to parents in a timely manner and as required by grade reporting protocol; keeping current with required technology tools; standing both playground and lunchroom duties as scheduled; and setting, reviewing, refining and achieving professional goals.
Incorporate a wide range of fine arts materials into lessons and have a strong knowledge of art history, multi-cultural art, and current art trends;
Display artwork throughout the school and work with the communications department to celebrate student work;
Maintain a high level of organization in a creative and dynamic environment;
Collaborate and plan with the design team and grade-level teachers to promote holistic learning
Demonstrate mastery of nurturing a love art through a wide array of mediums and techniques
Write and update scope and sequence documents that demonstrate development of skills over time
Create a safe and engaging classroom community and differentiate for students as needed by employing a variety of instructional strategies and materials supported by best educational practices to enhance creative teaching/learning
Maintain open, supportive, and consistent communication with parents and administration
Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff to promote a positive learning environment
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree (art or fine arts preferred), and a teaching credential and an advanced degree are desirable. Prior elementary school teaching experience is required. Experience integrating a variety of media into the study of art is critical, as are the expertise to differentiate instruction and to appreciate each child as an individual with diverse needs. The successful applicant will possess excellent speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills; demonstrate strong instructional and classroom management skills; have an abiding interest in helping students to experience artistic and social growth; have a collaborative mindset and commitment to professional growth, personal development, and social-emotional learning; be willing to contribute to school activities outside of the assigned classroom; genuinely love to work with children and educators at the elementary level; and embrace Parker’s unswerving commitment to being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that creates a culture of respect for all.
If Parker’s values and school culture resonate with you, we encourage you to consider this opportunity.
Salary and Benefits:
Francis Parker School is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a substantial compensation plan, including competitive salary, TIAA retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage. Individual salary is negotiable depending on years of experience and educational background.
Francis Parker School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.
A cover letter, resume, transcripts and a completed application should be submitted electronically to: