ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND: Peabody School seeks an experienced, creative, energetic, collaborative educator to serve as our K-8 art teacher beginning in August 2018.
Peabody School was founded in 1994 to “serve the needs of academically advanced children of all backgrounds by promoting cognitive, social, and emotional development for each child at a rate commensurate with his or her ability, while providing a foundation for students to become lifelong learners.” This mission is best embodied in our motto: Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Peabody enrolls 210 students in grades PreK - 8th grade, and embraces the whole child using a rigorous academics program, including extensive instruction in fine and performing arts, world languages, technology, and physical education. The School celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 with the opening of the Batten Building, which contains the expanded middle school wing, gymnasium, and performing arts space.
In 2017-18, Peabody employs 47 full-time and full-time equivalent staff members, with an annual budget of approximately $3.2 million. The School is located just minutes from downtown Charlottesville, off Avon St. Extended, near the Mill Creek and Foxcroft neighborhoods.
BASIC FUNCTION:The ideal candidate will have at least three years of teaching experience, a strong academic background, a passion and talent for teaching art to elementary and middle school students, the ability to spark creativity and to lead students in cultivating a voice and passion for art, and the acumen to provide challenging and skillfully differentiated instruction for gifted and academically advanced students.
Understands the academic, social, and emotional needs of academically advanced/gifted learners, and creates a learning environment that allows them the opportunity to activate their creativity and ingenuity
Develops lesson plans, instructional objectives, and instructional materials, and provides individualized and small group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the students
Creates and maintains a learning environment in which all students are actively engaged and are contributing members
Facilitates, monitors, and assesses student learning appropriately and effectively
Uses a broad repertoire of teaching skills and techniques
Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior to achieve an effective learning atmosphere
Works with peer teachers to ensure continuity of subject matter
Collaborates with faculty members and administration on a wide variety of projects
Communicates regularly and professionally with parents, colleagues, and leadership
Qualified candidates should have an understanding and the ability to respond to the distinct needs of gifted students as well as:
A bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree preferred. 3 years of teaching experience Experience with a wide range of traditional and contemporary art media
Experience working with academically advanced/gifted children and/or a desire to work with gifted and academically advanced students
Knowledge of and practice in current art education and innovative approaches to teaching art
Superior written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency in the elements of art and principles of design as well as multiple mediums and techniques, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpting/ceramics, printmaking, assemblages, multimedia projects, and use of technology for instruction and student projects.
Ability to manage a classroom while encouraging a space of creativity and discovery
Willingness to manage in-house gallery set-up and take-down of all visiting artists’ work, student artwork, and the staff art show
Familiarity with independent school culture
Creative, energetic, and positive approach to teaching
Ability and willingness to customize instruction within an established curricular framework
Enthusiastic and dynamic team player
Intellectual curiosity and an innate desire to continually reflect on and revise one’s teaching process
Flexibility to take on additional projects as needed