Woodland School is seeking a part-time Lower School Art Teacher to serve Early Childhood - 2nd Grade students beginning in August 2021. At Woodland, we believe that young children have the natural instinct to create. When given exciting materials, children explore, create, and courageously express their ideas and feelings. Our approach to art with young children emphasizes open-ended projects and exploring materials. We also introduce a variety of artists to inspire our students to learn more about the art making and the design process.
Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a joyful approach to learning in a diverse, respectful, and inclusive environment for approximately 300 students in early childhood through eighth grade. There are two sections of each grade level K-8 with class sizes that average between 14-18 students.
Woodland School specializes in education that inspires students by nurturing each individual’s voice, intellect, and character. With rich content and an emphasis on inquiry-based and student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners. Our students’ innate sense of wonder is the foundation of learning at Woodland School. Teachers craft meaningful, multi-sensory learning experiences that enable creativity, ingenuity, and deep interdisciplinary connections. Students explore and develop complex understandings that engender a sense of self and purpose in the world.
Woodland School’s faculty create a school environment that is as supportive and nurturing as it is challenging, and they embody the core values of the school - respect, integrity, curiosity, resilience, equity, and stewardship. Our teachers are themselves learners, constantly searching for ways to improve their practice. A robust professional development program supports our faculty by connecting them to the best practices in pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, and student assessment.
Woodland School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, tuition assistance distribution, or other school programs. Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.
The Lower School Art Teacher position is part time (an average of 16 hours weekly) and includes teaching two sections of each grade level (Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2) as well as Early Childhood. Also included is collaboration time with colleagues to develop integrated curricular experiences and contributing to school wide supervision. The ideal candidate has a strong background and experience in exposing students to the joy and appreciation of art through a variety of mediums which include painting, drawing, and clay. This individual will create a supportive and positive climate that develops in each student the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to advance one’s artistic ability using current methodology, curricula, and materials.
Envision a Visual Arts program in the 21st century, with the ability to design, implement, and assess a
sequential art program
Plan and deliver high quality, developmentally appropriate lessons which develop artistic skill, reflection
and an appreciation of the visual arts
Introduce artists to deepen and contextualize content and projects
Establish and maintain an engaging and supportive classroom environment that supports emerging work
Reflect on and assess individual student process and development
Work collaboratively with faculty members to design, integrate, and connect art across the academic
Participate in opportunities for professional growth and development
Assist in planning, installing, and logistics of the year end art show
We seek a dynamic teacher who inspires students and who works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues in various curricular areas and divisions. Candidates should be passionate about teaching and have a love for the arts as well as young children.
Bachelor of Arts degree, preferably in Art, Art Education or related field
Masters in Art or Art Education preferred
Experience in a broad range of materials and techniques
Demonstrated ability and commitment to a classroom community respecting the diverse needs of all
children through implementation of art knowledge gained from global history and diverse cultural
Familiarity with the National Visual Arts Standards, and the National Core Arts Education Standards
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully
with all constituents.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Collaborates well with colleagues of diverse backgrounds on pedagogical approaches, curricular
alignment and instructional strategies.
Demonstrated professional behavior, including discretion, judgment and integrity.
Effectively interacts with a diverse population of students and faculty.
All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check, LiveScan fingerprinting and TB
Woodland School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, tuition assistance distribution, or other school programs.? W?oodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.
About Woodland School
Woodland School is a 290 student preschool through grade 8 independent school located in the beautiful hills of Portola Valley just west of Stanford University. Woodland offers a balanced approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment. Woodland benefits from an open and wooded campus that provides children room to breathe, space to play, and freedom to explore the environment around them — all beneficial to their social, emotional, and cognitive growth.