Art Teacher for PK-8
Fayerweather Street School, Cambridge, MA
Fayerweather seeks a passionate and experienced Art Teacher to instruct students in grades PK-8 for the 2024-25 school year. This teacher will offer art to each grade band of students once a week, including a longer seventh and eighth-grade elective on Thursday afternoons. The art teacher is also responsible for maintaining the art room space and the supplies needed for the program. This teacher will be a member of and collaborate with the Specialists team (Music, Shop, PE, Library, and Spanish). This position will begin in the fall of the 2024-25 academic year.
The main goal of the Fayerweather art program is for students to cultivate resilience through trial and error of creative problem-solving processes in the safe and encouraging environment of art making, where there are no right or wrong ways of expressing imaginative thought. Students explore their creative potential through various media, techniques, and materials. Some projects are integrated with classroom studies, and others are designed to encourage exploration and experimentation. Students in the seventh and eighth grades pursue art through electives and can delve deeply into disciplines such as sculpture, oil painting, or design challenges (co-taught with the Shop teacher). Since a personalized approach in art making is encouraged, students must learn to accomplish this by developing good communication skills, such as asking for the appropriate materials, asking for help and feedback, and collaborating with classmates successfully.
- Create a supportive and caring classroom environment in which students can learn and interact positively with one another through student-centered instruction, collaboration, and authentic assessment
- Provide learning experiences that encourage curiosity, exploration, innovation, and problem-solving
- Have enthusiasm, flexibility, and a desire to collaborate with colleagues both in your Specialist team and across disciplines
- Have an ability to teach/develop curriculum that focuses on authentic, real-world application of learning
- Meet students where they are as learners by differentiating curriculum
- Establish and maintain excellent classroom management
- Exhibit excellent communication with parents to provide timely and appropriate feedback regarding student progress
- Possess a growth mindset when it comes to engaging with relevant and mission-driven professional learning
Skills and Qualifications:
Working at FSS
- be knowledgeable of the philosophy of progressive education
- demonstrate strong cultural awareness and responsiveness, as well as experience supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Teaching at FSS
- teach art curriculum to grades PK-8
- knowledge of art history and techniques: painting (oil, water), drawing, clay, sculpture, digital art
Responsibilities at FSS
- performing various duties, including recess coverage, lunch duty, and creating curricular displays
- maintain and re-supply the art room
- document curriculum as it evolves throughout the year
- narrative report writing and timely communication with parents
- attending weekly staff meetings
- participating in admissions programming as needed
- and other duties as assigned
Fayerweather Street School:
Fayerweather Street School welcomes candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and belonging in their teaching and learning. Fayerweather Street School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.
To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume. Please be prepared to provide at least four references; at least two of your references must be, or have been, someone you directly reported to.