The Art Teacher will be responsible for developing in each student an interest in and the ability for creative expression in visual terms, using skills and techniques of artistic expression, developing aesthetic understandings and appreciations, while encouraging students to discover and develop talents in the field of art.
Model and instill a love of art and learning.
Develop and administer school art curriculum consistent with the school’s mission.
Develop lesson plans and instructional materials and translate lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for art instruction.
Demonstrate and teach knowledge and skills in art, including crafts, drawing, painting, lettering, design, commercial art, art history, and three-dimensional art to elementary students
Possess an excellent understanding of the social, emotional, and academic needs of Upper School students and how to enthusiastically provide for them and teach techniques of ceramics.
Provide instruction by which students develop aesthetic concepts and appreciation and the ability to make qualitative judgments about art, art appreciation, and what constitutes art.
Conduct ongoing assessment of student skills and learning in artistic techniques and expression, and modify instructional methods to fit individual student's needs; conduct individual and small group instruction as needed.
Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment used in art classes.
Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students’ work for the school and the Oakwood community.
Continue to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops, or professional meetings.
Encourage parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
Ensure that student conduct conforms to the school's standards and policies.
Coordinate with other school professional staff members, especially within division(s), and participate in faculty meetings and committees.
Selects and requisitions appropriate books, art materials, instructional aids and other supplies and equipment and maintains inventory records.
Emphasize STEAM education in school by promoting interactive learning within art, math, and science classes as well as helping organize STEAM focused family events.
Effective facilitation and personal use of technology as a communication and educational tool to improve student achievement and manage tasks.
Participate in grade-level, division meetings, before and after-school duties, faculty meetings, Oakwood functions, clubs and athletic events, and any other duties as assigned.
Maintain strong, professional relationships with colleagues in an environment where listening, critical thought, respectful debate and compromise is welcomed and essential.
The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:
a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Education, or a related field;
at least three years work experience as an Art Teacher;
knowledge and experience in teaching ceramics;
the ability to differentiate a rich, varied, and developmentally appropriate curriculum based on best practices and current research;
a willingness and ability to reflect on one’s own lessons and teaching and adapt them to meet the different needs of students;
a desire to work in a diverse and inclusive school environment;
a commitment to work collaboratively and innovatively with colleagues; and
ability to communicate respectfully, proactively, and honestly both verbally and in writing with parents, colleagues, and administrators regarding curriculum, students, and child development issues.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, résumé and list of three references with telephone numbers to Dan Quesnel, Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Oakwood School
The Oakwood School Mission Statement:
The Oakwood School seeks to instill in its students the strength of character, the creativity, and the wisdom to make a difference in the world.
The Oakwood School Statement of Philosophy
The Oakwood School exists to help our students to learn and to love learning, to value themselves and others, adn to become contributing members of ever-larger communities.
The Oakwood School Belief Statements:
* We believe in respect, responsibility, and honesty to self and others.
* We believe students become enthusiastic lifelong learners and develop a sense of community in small classes where they are valued and supported by others and where their talents and energy are recognized and enhance the common life.
* We believe that the need to develop positive relationships with others is as basic to human nature as is the need to learn.
* We believe that students come to understand that their growth occurs in the context of others' needs and views; that their own gifts can enrich the lives of others; and that other human beings, however different, have inherent dignity and value.
* We believe that both within and beyond the school walls, students learn that service to others is one of the deepest satisfactions the human spirit can know.