Position Title: Lower/ Middle School Visual Art Teacher
Position Start Date: August 2019
Westmark School is currently seeking a Lower/Middle School Visual Art Teacher. Our ideal candidate will possess a knowledge base and passion for teaching students, preferably with language-based learning differences, and be a self–starter, able to organize and implement an instructional program that will capitalize on student strengths and be in accordance with Westmark School’s mission.
Teach courses in visual art for both lower and middle school students grades 2-8
Submit weekly lesson plans to the Lower and Middle School Directors
Facilitate the integration of art into the general elementary school curriculum
Collaborate with teachers to embed art appreciation into the language arts and history curriculum
Organize and facilitate art education based field trips
Maintain class PowerSchool page by regularly updating and posting
Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences
Provide a positive environment that encourages students to actively participate in their own learning
Individualize lessons to fit students’ needs
Incorporate technology into lesson plans
Meet regularly with Fine Art Department Chair and implement new strategies, tasks and skills
Attend regularly scheduled department meetings
Communicate with parents, Fine Art Department Head, Middle School Director, Lower School Director and advisors regarding students’ behaviors, academic concerns, and academic progress
Model professional and ethical standards when interacting with students, parents, peers and the community
Additional responsibilities and duties as assigned
Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.
Bachelor’s or graduate degree in education with a specialization in studio art or graduate work in education/studio art
Ceramics experience a plus
Ability to understand and implement a process focused curriculum for Lower School
3-5 years teaching experience
Credential, graduate degree or extensive graduate work in the field of Special Education or Learning Differences preferred
Ability to individualize lessons to fit the students’ needs
Experience with technology, specifically iPads, Macs, PCs and SMART Technologies
Collaborative, team player
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
Displays strong organization and time-management skills
Ability to identify and improve student results
Desire to continue to develop professionally by learning new programs and methodologies
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
About Westmark School
Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.
Westmark School students from grades 2 through 12 have diagnosed language-based learning differences, like dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia, often combined with ADD/ADHD or other auditory or visual processing challenges. They also have bright minds and unique learning styles, but have not been fully served in a traditional school environment. Since our students learn differently, we teach differently.