Visual Arts K-8
Graland Country Day School is seeking a K-8 visual arts teacher. Other responsibilities may include middle school advisory. In addition to possessing a degree in the visual arts, the successful candidate will be an experienced teacher who understands school environments and the unique needs of both lower and middle school students. This candidate thrives when working collaboratively, has innovative ideas, integrates learning and is skilled at working with students, faculty and families. Additionally, the candidate should be experienced at creating a culturally responsive classroom.
The visual arts curriculum at Graland blends best practices in traditional pedagogy with experiential and innovative instructional practices. Graland’s curriculum is scaffolded from year-to-year and often integrates with core classroom curricula. Drawing, painting, multimedia, sculpture, and printmaking dominate the covered concepts. Opportunities to offer specialized courses such as jewelry making and graphic design exist in the ICE (Innovation, Creativity, and Expression) block for seventh and eighth graders.
Graland’s Cross-Division Faculty Members
Teaching across the K-8 landscape requires faculty members to be knowledgeable about the developmental stages of growth, be flexible thinkers and able to transition their focus easily. We start with the fundamental belief that teaching is about building relationships. From here, teachers are responsible for fostering in students a love of learning and the development of skills necessary to thrive. Being adept at collaborating not only with departmental teams, but also with core classroom teachers and innovation coaches is an expectation. We celebrate collaboration and faculty who support initiatives outside of their immediate realm. Serving as advisors, chaperoning trips, leading middle school clubs and championing student initiatives are often part of the Graland teaching experience.
Reports to: Head of Middle School
Status: Full-time, school year
About Graland’s Middle School
Teaching in the middle school at Graland is a multi-faceted experience. We start with the fundamental belief that teaching middle school students is about building relationships. From here, teachers are responsible for fostering in students a love of learning and the development of skills necessary to be successful. Math, English, science, and history teachers teach one grade level and form that grade's MESH team, whose charge is to create continuity in students' experiences, including developing central themes and interdisciplinary units, common expectations for student work and behavior, to integrate technology, and to manage students' academic and social well-being. The MESH team also serves as advisors within their respective grade levels. Foreign Language and Visual and Performing Arts teachers work with a range of grade levels and are members of departmental teams. They may serve as advisors as well. The middle school experience at Graland calls for teachers to recognize that working with this age group requires a variety of roles, including coaching sports or an innovation team in the Gates lab, and a high level of energy and enthusiasm from its staff.
Professional and Personal Qualities
- Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
- Excellent communication skills
- A collaborative and supportive member of the Graland community who...
- Models caring, respect, patience, and appreciation of differences.
- Provides a safe environment for students.
- Upholds school, employee and family confidentiality.
- Represents school in position and in community – understands voice of school.
- Participates in effective communication that is responsible, descriptive, and nonjudgmental.
- Adheres to all school policies and procedures.
- Offers support during after-hours as needed.
- Likes to work with people and create solutions.