Woodland School seeks an inspiring and nurturing 3rd Grade Teacher who develops students’ inquiring minds and compassionate hearts. The position requires maintaining a full teaching load, weekly recess and lunch duties, and professional meetings and begins August 1, 2021.
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.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
We seek a dynamic educator who inspires students and works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues in various curricular areas and divisions. The ideal candidate will be passionate about teaching and possess a solid understanding of the academic, social, and emotional needs of young children.
A minimum of two years teaching experience, preferably at the elementary level.
Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education or related field is required.
Advanced degree and teaching credential preferred but not required.
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with all constituents.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
Maintain ongoing collaboration with colleagues on pedagogical approaches, curricular alignment and instructional strategies. Applicants will be required to create integrated units of study with faculty members of other disciplines in an ongoing effort to deepen student learning and model real-world connections.
Adept at creating and administering a variety of both formative and summative assessments to determine academic strengths and areas for improvement as well as to guide instruction.
Experience integrating themes related to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the curriculum.
Commitment to differentiated learning in order to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.
A thorough understanding of current technologies and tools for both In-Person and Distance Learning.
Consistent and clear communication with families to discuss their children's progress, areas of achievement, as well as to identify needed supports and create goals.
Committed to professional learning and growth by attending educational conferences and training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional and pedagogical competencies.
Invests in the life of the school by participating in morning assemblies, social and emotional learning, weekly grade level meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings, anti-bias training, and any and all aspects that support the student experience.
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 screening.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The position can be physically demanding. Reasonable accommodations may be made if requested in advance.
Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools.
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. 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, financial aid distribution, or other school programs.
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.