Westtown School, a Quaker, Pre-K -12th grade, co-ed, private, college preparatory day and boarding school, located in Chester County PA., offers a challenging and diverse curriculum that emphasizes action-based education, critical thinking, collaboration, service, and social action. Committed to character innovation since 1799, Westtown inspires and prepares graduates to become stewards and leaders of a better world.
Westtown seeks a dynamic part-time Upper School ceramics teacher to teach introductory and intermediate level clay courses. The successful candidate will join a team of experienced arts educators as we implement a new process-oriented curriculum built on teaching iteration, reflection, visual literacy and personal growth, rooted in our Quaker traditions. An artist/teacher with an interest in pedagogy, an understanding of art as a tool for understanding and social change, and a commitment to creating art that asks and solicits big questions will thrive in our program. The part-time Upper School ceramics teacher will teach two sections of ceramics each semester.
As Westtown strives to fulfill our commitment to be an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) school, we are seeking culturally competent educators with a demonstrated commitment to and ongoing professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, which is evidenced in their personal and professional interactions, curriculum, and pedagogy.
Experience teaching ceramics at the high school level is essential. This person will need to actively engage as a collaborative member of the Visual and Performing Arts Department.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops lessons and hands-on learning activities that promote problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and effective communication skills while encouraging risk-taking in learning
Teaches and models a variety of handbuilding, wheel work, and sculptural techniques
Actively involves students in the classroom through group work, project-based learning, exploration, questioning, discussion, and other cooperative teaching techniques
Integrates technology seamlessly into teaching strategies and practices
Communicates effectively with all constituents – colleagues, administrators, parents, and students
Attendance at bi-weekly department meetings and some Upper School faculty meetings required
2 to 3 years experience teaching high school students
Bachelor’s degree and evidence of further professional work in ceramics (MFA preferred)
Willingness to examine the changing role of art education for 21st century learners and an eagerness to be part of a growing arts program.
Demonstrated interest in contemporary arts pedagogy and experience as an active studio artist
Must have proven competence with glaze chemistry at a variety of firing temperatures and ability to maintain a full glaze chemistry lab with safety as a priority
Versatility with handbuilding, wheel work, sculptural techniques, and knowledge of clay and surface options at a multiple of firing temperatures
Maintaining electric kilns, wheels, and pugmill is an expected part of the teaching responsibilities
A strong character with a team-oriented spirit, and the ability to connect meaningfully with students throughout our diverse community
Deep commitment to enhancing an inclusive school community based on culturally sustaining pedagogy, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices
Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s Quaker values
Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.
Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Sherri Farenwald, Director of Human Resources, at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.