Athens Academy is a co-educational, non-sectarian, independent college preparatory day school of approximately 935 students in grades K3-12 that offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The school’s mission is to seek “excellence with honor in the educational and personal experience of each student.” Situated on a picturesque campus of 152 acres, Athens Academy admits students from diverse social, economic, religious, and racial backgrounds--all of whom benefit from a challenging academic program, a vibrant arts program, competitive athletics, and a variety of service opportunities. Athens Academy faculty and staff members are dedicated professionals who are not only experts in their respective fields of study, but are also sensitive to the gifts and challenges of individual students.
The Lower School:
Lower School students (grades 1-4) at Athens Academy acquire a solid foundation in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, while also learning about responsibility, collaboration, and self-expression. A science laboratory classroom with a specialist teacher, a media center with a story telling room, and a discovery center used for a variety of activities all support classroom instruction. Spanish, music, art, drama, and physical education classes are also woven into the fabric of the curriculum. Building upon traits developed as early as the Preschool, Lower School students are proud to uphold the concepts of mutual respect and kindness, as indicated by the “Kind Language Spoken Here” signs throughout the campus. The Lower School is composed of 250 students supported by approximately 30 teachers, assistant teachers, and instructional support staff.
Athens Academy seeks a dynamic, creative, and versatile Lower School art teacher, beginning in the 2020-21 school year. Essential characteristics include a love of children, energy, optimism, flexibility, the ability to work with others, a good sense of humor, a knowledge of educational trends, and a firm foundation in art education. We are looking for someone who is excited to become a part of our community and enjoys and understands young artists and learners. The ideal candidate will convey a love of learning and instill in our students a curiosity about our world and the desire to apply what they learn to other disciplines and the world around them.
A background in art education and age-appropriate experience teaching art
Ability to manage multiple on-going projects and help students produce art regularly
Willingness to display student art throughout the Lower School and change art out bi-monthly
Ability to work independently and create engaging projects
The school will accept materials from interested candidates until the position is filled.
A completed packet will include the following components:
Cover letter expressing interest in Athens Academy and this position
Statement of educational philosophy, including thoughts on opportunities for teaching and learning in today’s educational environment
Resume or curriculum vitae
Names of three references and contact information
Interested candidates are encouraged to send their materials to:
Jenny Richardson, Lower School Assistant
1281 Spartan Lane
Athens, GA 30606
Several years ago, the faculty created the following list to describe the desired traits of Athens Academy faculty and administrators. It is included in the spirit of providing some additional insight into what we value as a community of learners.
Commitment to the school’s mission
Passion and ability to meet the needs of each student, instructionally and emotionally—students are our highest priority and all we do/every decision we make is with their well-being in mind
Knowledge of subject matter taught
Knowledge of instructional methods being used and potential for introducing/supporting new instructional methods, including incorporating technological advances
Professionalism in interactions with parents, students, colleagues, and the community
Ability to lead and ability to work in a team
Commitment to continuous professional improvement
Positivity and effectiveness as a communicator
Passion for subject matter taught
Focus on family and community
Participation in the life of the school beyond the classroom
Advocacy for individual students
Athens Academy is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution. In hiring, the school will select the best-qualified applicant without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
About Athens Academy
Athens Academy is a coeducational, independent, college preparatory day school that offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The school serves approximately 950 students (3-year olds through 12th grade) and seeks students from diverse social, economic, religious, and racial backgrounds who can benefit from a challenging academic program. Guided by the school’s mission of seeking excellence with honor in the educational and personal experience of each student, Athens Academy faculty and staff members are dedicated, highly-qualified professionals who are sensitive to the needs of individual students. The school is located on a 152-acre campus, which provides ample opportunities for students and their teachers to explore and learn about their natural surroundings.