Reporting to the Lower School Director, the school seeks an experienced, vibrant teacher who brings strong academic foundations, creativity and innovation to their teaching practice, both on-site and remote. Class size is between 16-18 students, and there is a part time Teaching Assistant. The hiring process will include a screening interview with two administrators. Finalists will submit samples of lesson plans, student assessment, parent communication and participate in a second interview with the full hiring committee.
In the Lower School self-contained classroom the lead Teacher is responsible for:
All aspects of the academic curriculum including social-emotional learning, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, both on site and remote.
Conducting ongoing formative student assessment to guide and plan instruction so that students reach their full potential.
Collaborating with the grade level partner teacher and teaching assistant to ensure as much program cohesiveness and continuity as possible.
Communicating proactively and routinely to families: writing newsletters, conferencing with families twice yearly as well as when additional needs arise and writing progress reports each semester.
Teaming with administrators, learning specialists, and specialist teachers to support students throughout the day.
Managing classroom budget for supplies, equipment and books to stay within allotted budget.
Supervising recess on a daily basis and lunch on a monthly basis.
The ideal candidate will:
Have at least five years of exemplary lead classroom teaching experience and a valid California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.
Be well-versed in progressive educational theory and practices and be culturally competent to build an inclusive community.
Have a proven track record of working successfully in a diverse student environment that upholds high values in social justice education and practices.
Possess a working understanding of developmental / constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
Have experience meeting a wide range of student learning styles and needs via multiple modalities; facile in differentiating instruction in each subject area.
Have a nurturing, supportive, and clear tone with students, and experience with collaborative teaching.
Please complete our employment application to apply.
Park Day School is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants who reflect the diversity of the Bay Area. We do not discriminate based on age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family-care status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
About Park Day School
At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.
Our Campus and History
Park Day School was founded as a progressive K-6 school by teachers and parents in 1976, and opened with 28 students and four teachers. By 1982, the student body had grown to 90 students, and Park Day moved to the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland, CA. The school purchased a two-acre campus on 43rd Street in 1993. Today, our four-acre campus is often described as "glorious" and "a jewel." Mature trees, lush flower gardens, birds, squirrels, a ch...icken coop, vegetable gardens and quiet niches are enjoyed by all. Swings, climbing bars, sandy play areas, a large all-weather playing field, multiple climbing structures and a shaded gazebo combine to provide an exciting and varied outdoor area for all ages.