Middle School/Preschool Art Teacher
School: Athens Academy
Available Position: Teacher
Athens Academy Middle School/Preschool Art Teacher
Athens Academy is a co-educational, non-sectarian, independent college preparatory day school of approximately 935 students in grades K3-12 that offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The school’s mission is to seek “excellence with honor in the educational and personal experience of each student.” Situated on a picturesque campus of 152 acres, Athens Academy admits students from diverse social, economic, religious, and racial backgrounds--all of whom benefit from a challenging academic program, a vibrant arts program, competitive athletics, and a variety of service opportunities. Athens Academy faculty and staff members are dedicated professionals who are not only experts in their respective fields of study, but are also sensitive to the gifts and challenges of individual students.
Athens Academy seeks a dynamic, creative, and versatile art teacher, beginning in the 2020-21 school year. This full-time position will include approximately 80% in the Middle School and 20% in the Preschool. Essential characteristics include a love of children, energy, optimism, flexibility, the ability to work with others, a good sense of humor, a knowledge of educational trends, and a firm foundation in art education. We are looking for someone who is excited to become a part of our community and enjoys and understands young artists and learners. The ideal candidate will convey a love of learning and instill in our students a curiosity about our world and the desire to apply what they learn to other disciplines and the world around them.
The Middle School:
Recognizing that Middle School students are in a rapid mental, emotional, and physical growth stage of life, Athens Academy emphasizes responsibility, creativity, independent thinking, personal values, and service to others. Middle School students (grades 5-8), begin to master broader and more rigorous aspects of learning that include written expression, vocabulary, problem-solving, research, scientific investigation, and teamwork. An emphasis on critical and creative thinking runs throughout the curriculum. Opportunities for public speaking, performing, publication, and athletic competition complement the challenging academic program.
Athens Academy’s goal of nurturing secure, successful, well-adjusted, and happy students while challenging them to grow academically begins in the Preschool (half-day program in grades K3, K4, and Pre-first). The Preschool curriculum blends skill building, motor development, and creative activities, as well as free play. Benefiting from activities-based learning, children learn the foundations of reading, writing, and mathematics. Activities are carefully tailored to individual interests, abilities, and development. Preschool students at Athens Academy also benefit from hands-on activities in discovery centers, outdoor gardens, art rooms, music rooms, a dedicated media center, and a spacious playground, all in a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2011. The Preschool is composed of approximately 120 students and 22 teachers, assistant teachers, and instructional support staff.
• A background in art education and age-appropriate experience teaching art
• Ability to manage multiple on-going projects and help students produce art regularly
• Willingness to display student art throughout the Lower School and change art out bi-monthly
• Ability to work independently and create engaging projects
The school will accept materials from interested candidates until the position is filled.
A completed packet will include the following components:
· Cover letter expressing interest in Athens Academy and this position
· Statement of educational philosophy, including thoughts on opportunities for teaching and learning in today’s educational environment
· Resume or curriculum vitae
· Names of three references and contact information
Interested candidates are encouraged to send their materials to:
Debbie Schab, Fine Arts Department Chair
1281 Spartan Lane
Athens, GA 30606
Several years ago, the faculty created the following list to describe the desired traits of Athens Academy faculty and administrators. It is included in the spirit of providing some additional insight into what we value as a community of learners.
· Commitment to the school’s mission
· Passion and ability to meet the needs of each student, instructionally and emotionally—students are our highest priority and all we do/every decision we make is with their well-being in mind
· Knowledge of subject matter taught
· Knowledge of instructional methods being used and potential for introducing/supporting new instructional methods, including incorporating technological advances
· Professionalism in interactions with parents, students, colleagues, and the community
· Ability to lead and ability to work in a team
· Commitment to continuous professional improvement
· Positivity and effectiveness as a communicator
· Passion for subject matter taught
· Focus on family and community
· Participation in the life of the school beyond the classroom
· Advocacy for individual students
Athens Academy is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution. In hiring, the school will select the best-qualified applicant without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Contact name: Debbie Schab
Contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org