Wildwood School provides students with a rigorously intellectual and innovative academic program, preparing them to become individuals who are reflective, ethically grounded, and confident in their ability to learn and lead amid the competing priorities of a complex, evolving, and multicultural world.
The Wildwood program focuses on project-based learning, a proven methodology that blends math, science, the arts, and humanities to provide students with a deep educational experience. Wildwood emphasizes problem-solving and academic mastery. Life skills, community involvement, and the Habits of Mind and Heart are woven into the curriculum.
We are seeking an experienced and innovative Elementary (K-2) Science Teacher with an expertise and passion for environmental sciences and who has a deep appreciation for, and understanding of, early elementary students. Wildwood teachers are expected to be leaders with core principles that reflect those stated in our Mission Statement, utilizing the Life Skills and Habits of Mind and Heart we wish our students to learn and exhibit. All Wildwood teachers are responsible for implementing a high-quality, rigorous academic program that supports the intellectual and social/emotional development of each child. The curriculum emphasizes a project-based, hands-on approach in which children learn to think critically and creatively.
We are looking for candidates who have an environmental science background, experience in progressive education, and a solid understanding of the academic, social and emotional development of early elementary students. The core responsibilities for this position include daily instruction and management of the classroom and the following duties:
Collaborating with colleagues in designing and managing the K-12 science curriculum
Creating, planning, and delivering daily curricula that meets the goals of the K-5 science scope and sequence, with a heavy concentration on K-2
Creating lesson plans and gathering instructional materials for the science lab
Guiding and supporting student learning, differentiating appropriately
Consulting with school resources to support learning and growth of each student
Regularly assessing the progress of each student to plan and support student growth and development
Maintaining professional and timely communication with parents regarding students’ academic progress
Writing clear and concise progress reports to communicate students’ progress and learning needs to parents and students
Meeting administrative deadlines in a timely manner (e.g. narratives, Child Abuse Reporting Acknowledgement, etc.)
Attending all faculty meetings (divisional, K-12, department, committee, etc.) and other school events, including three exhibition evenings and weekly All School Meeting
Collaborating with colleagues, maintaining healthy and respectful communication
Participating in professional development activities, both internal (led by directors, teachers, and visiting lecturers) and external (visiting similar schools, attending conferences, etc.)
Purchasing, with approval of school director, instructional materials
Maintaining a clean and orderly classroom/laboratory
Contributing to the care and use of the elementary campus garden and outdoor classroom
Supporting social and emotional development of students through caring interactions and instruction, and, more formally through multicultural programming
Participating in ad hoc committees relating to Core Responsibilities and the functioning of a grade, discipline, division, etc.
Collaborating and leading curricular coordination, growth, or professional development when called upon
A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and elementary teaching certification
Minimum of three years-experience teaching early elementary grades
Demonstrated subject-matter competency through appropriate coursework and references
Experience with and passion for pedagogical practices grounded in hands-on, project-based learning and in creating appropriate standards-based curriculum in accordance with these philosophies
Experience developing interdisciplinary units and lessons using various curriculum development tools (Backwards Design, Understanding by Design, etc.)
Experience organizing and managing a student-centered classroom that includes age-appropriate and multi-culturally responsive classroom management practices
Experience creating and maintaining caring classroom environments where instructional time is dedicated to subject based-learning and exploration, community-building, conflict resolution, and empowering students to be agents for positive social and environmental change
Excellent communication/interpersonal skills as well as a desire to collaborate with all K-12 faculty and staff, students, and families to help maintain a positive whole school community
High level of professionalism, positive attitude, and a strong work ethic
Additional Salary Information: Compensation will be appropriate for the market and the individual's experience.
Wildwood School is a dynamic, urban, coed, college-preparatory, progressive day school in West Los Angeles. The school enrolls 752 students from kindergarten through 12th grade in three divisions on two campuses.