SUMMARY: Plans and implements appropriate curriculum and activities designed to promote academic, social, and emotional growth for children with varying needs, successfully communicates with children, parents and colleagues, and demonstrates a professional demeanor as well as an ongoing interest in personal growth and professional development.
ESSENTIAL TEACHING DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Plan and implement an art curriculum which enables children to express themselves visually through a variety of mediums and includes new art units each year based on student interests, current local exhibits and classroom curriculum.
Stimulate students to exercise intuition and imagination by making creative choices and finding solutions to visual problems.
Create a supportive and encouraging environment where children feel free to experiment, explore, invent, and take risks.
Organize and produce annual Art Fair and art related field trips.
Help faculty, staff, and parents with art materials and art and maintain stock of various papers and supplies.
Collaborate with classroom teachers on curriculum when possible and appropriate.
Plan, organize collaborative, student driven, art projects for Gala auction in March.
Oversee the Art on Loan program which includes, selection, permission slips, dismantle, framing, hanging, and coordination with parent volunteers.
Maintain and rotate art exhibits throughout school, allowing each student to have a turn to have their work exhibited.
Keep students art work safe and organized in portfolios to return to families at the end of the school year.
Verbally communicate with children in a positive manner.
Communicate clearly and honestly with parents, administrators, and colleagues about curriculum, children, and child development issues, both verbally and in writing, including contributing to the completion of conference forms.
Develop and implement curriculum for two consecutive weeks of the summer program for rising Kindergarten students for additional compensation.
Other duties may be assigned.
INDIVIDUAL PREREQUISITES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty to the satisfaction of the administration. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Valid elementary-level state teaching credential, including a minimum of Bachelor's degree and student teaching experience and experience in art education.
BEHAVIORAL SKILLS: Demonstrates personal integrity, friendliness, patience, fairness, openness, non-defensiveness, sensitivity, flexibility, and enthusiasm.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret written documents, professional literature and material pertinent to elementary education, curriculum and child development. Ability to write reports, academic and developmental evaluations, curricular plans, letters to parents and others. Ability to verbally articulate, present information and respond to children, parents, colleagues, and administrators in the areas of curriculum, instruction and child development. Ability to speak and write from a child-specific perspective.
TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: Ability to use simple tools and machines, such as copiers, laminators, telephones. Ability to use a computer, minimum level requiring word processing programs to write reports, compose letters.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and apply common sense in dealing with everyday and emergency situations. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram and schedule form.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a teacher to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit, climb, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move children of all sizes in the classroom. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.
About The Center for Early Education
Founded in 1939, The Center for Early Education educates students from Toddler through Grade Six. Our urban West Hollywood campus houses 538 children in instructional building with rooftop playgrounds, unique 'green' planting and underground parking. The Center combines a challenging academic curriculum with a nurturing environment that harkens back to the founders' focus on the inner life of the child. Both the student body and faculty/staff are very diverse with 50% students of color. The Center offers an ample Financial Aid program with inclusion awards but also strives for socioeconomic diversity among its families. Generous donors and a mature advancement program keep tuition below the median of comparable schools in the Los Angeles area. The Center offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits to employees. A long-standing commitment to professional development allows all employees to further their professional and personal growth.