Founded in 1973, Woodstock Day School is a progressive, independent school set on a 40-acre campus in New York’s glorious Hudson Valley. Between the towns of Woodstock and Saugerties and roughly two hours north of Manhattan, WDS is a board-certified member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools and offers a unique and inclusive educational experience to about 200 students from nursery school through grade twelve. WDS believes that there is no such thing as an “average” student, and our combination of purposefully small class sizes, intensely committed faculty and a culture of individual respect empowers our students to aim high, shape and achieve their personal goals, and prepares them to make a positive difference in a complex world. Added to the program in 2003, our middle and upper schools offer outstanding programs for grades 6-12, helping students discover their passions and achieve academic and personal excellence.
Woodstock Day School employs a talented staff to carry out our mission. We actively seek to build a diverse community of educators.
Physical Education Teacher
The Physical Education Teacher is the primary instructional delivery person for student health and wellness, and fitness and growth. From nursery school through upper school, every student has physical education classes twice a week. The goals are to build self-efficacy, physical awareness, cooperation and sportsmanship, and good health and wellness.Students engage in activities for physical skill building (running, catching, throwing), cooperation and problem-solving (cooperative games and outdoor education) and also for particular sports (yoga, basketball, archery, ultimate frisbee, and others.) Our physical education and athletic program provides opportunities for students to discover what they are passionate about as athletes and to build individual athletic facility in addition to building skills like cooperation, perseverance and reflection.
Teaches physical education classes for students in the Middle and Upper Schools (grades 6-12).
Facilitates students’ physical, cognitive and social and emotional learning through lessons designed to sequentially develop skills appropriate to their ability, confidence levels, and developmental stage.
Provides engaging, fun, and effective instruction that helps build a health and wellness foundation for students.
Teaches knowledge and skills in physical fitness, health education, rhythms and dance, and individual, dual, or team sports utilizing curriculum and other appropriate learning activities.
Provides maximum participation for all students; differentiates as needed to ensure all students experience success.
Develops engaging and effective lesson plans and supplementary materials.
Provides ongoing formative feedback to students.
Communicates in developmentally appropriate ways through a humane, sensitive approach that clearly communicates that every student, regardless of ability, can succeed and will benefit from a physically active, healthy lifestyle.
Evaluates fitness and social and emotional growth of students, prepares report cards, and keeps appropriate records as necessary. Communicates with parents and team members on student progress.
Maintains control of storage, PE equipment, recess equipment, locker room, and school property.
Work cooperatively and collaboratively with team members, parents, community members, and partners to improve the instructional program and student success.
Organizing and managing team sports
Other duties as assigned
Bachelors’ degree in education or a related field
Previous experience teaching at the K-12 level
NYS Teacher Certification in Physical Education (preferred but not required)
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Knowledge of many different kinds of exercise
Motivation and enthusiasm with a genuine passion for teaching young learners.
Ability to create a student-centered classroom.
This is an immediate opening for the 2021-2022 school year. Salary is dependent on experience. Benefits include generous paid time off, health insurance stipend, retirement plan, and tuition discount for children of employees enrolled at the school.
Woodstock Day School is a progressive, independent day school located on a breathtaking 50-acre campus in the Catskill Mountains. Our mission is to provide a socially and environmentally mindful education from Nursery School – 12th Grade, valuing each student as an individual and as a member of the community.