Presidio Hill School is an independent, progressive school located in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and serves a diverse population of 220 students enrolled in transitional kindergarten to 8th grade, with a faculty and staff of approximately 45 people. Established in 1918 by artist-educator-activists Helen Salz and Flora Arnstein, Presidio Hill School is the oldest continuously operating progressive school in California, with a mission and deep history connected to equity and justice. Our new Art Teacher will have demonstrated passion and experience teaching and working with students and a school community that explicitly strives to be inclusive.
Presidio Hill offers its students a challenging, project-based curriculum that attends to their intellectual and social-emotional needs and prepares them to be agents of positive social change. Guided by a skilled and caring faculty, students learn to be confident and curious, to be creative problem solvers and independent, critical thinkers. Learning at PHS is collaborative and active. We place great value on the arts as both an academic discipline and an essential element of a meaningful life. Situated on the edge of the Presidio, our school takes full and frequent advantage of the park’s 1500 acres; whether they are studying science, art, social studies,or literature, the Presidio is a rich and vital “classroom” to our students.
Our vibrant, diverse, and supportive community allows students to explore their unique voices, traits, and talents and encourages them to develop self-awareness, personal character, resilience, and an understanding of their role as stewards of the planet and citizens of the world.
Presidio Hill School seeks a faculty and staff that reflects the broad range of diversity in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our school is strongly committed to promoting cultural competency in all interactions and programs. Invested in the growth, happiness, and preparation of our teachers, we provide generous support for their professional development.
Presidio Hill School seeks an outstanding, progressive Art Teacher with successful experience teaching a range of elementary and middle school grades. The ideal candidate will have substantial experience with visual arts with an expansive range of media and will demonstrate a deep understanding of inclusive teaching practices and multi-cultural educational experiences.
Candidates should be well versed in progressive pedagogical approaches to art instruction and comfortable working in collaborative environments. A passion for working with children ages 4-14and their parents/guardians, a commitment to lifelong learning, and a sense of humor are essential.
Design and implement a rich and comprehensive visual arts course, aligned with the mission of PHS and employing a wide variety of mediums for students in TK (transitional kindergarten) through 8th grade
Collaborate with colleagues in order to support their curricula and to integrate arts throughout the overall program, including any school-wide productions
Supervise and support assistant art teacher/s and parent volunteers
Maintain a safe and joyful environment that supports the highest quality of teaching and learning
Participate in professional development opportunities related to visual arts as well as educational pedagogy and/or other aspects of progressive and multicultural education
Potentially join overnight and other field trip excursions
Coordinate rotating art displays throughout the campus and organize a culminating art show on an annual basis, possibly in conjunction with other arts teachers (i.e., drama, music)
Complete written progress reports for all students twice each year
Maintain cooperative and professional communications with the parent community
Participate in other all-school events, trips, and processes as needed or requested by the Head of School and other lead administrators.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, contact information for two to three references, and/or letters of reference via email (with Art Teacher in the subject line) to Stephanie Kastner (Assistant to Head of School): email@example.com.
Skills, Qualifications, and Experience
The art teacher will be someone who brings ideas to realization and is excited about art, education, and innovation. Previous experience in an independent school setting is a plus.
In addition, the art teacher will ideally possess:
Experience working in a multicultural environment
A Bachelor’s degree. A graduate degree related to arts and/or arts education is desirable
Comfort with basic technologies used in school settings for report writing, regular communications, and EdTech tools appropriate for arts education.
A personal style that inspires and builds strong relationships and promotes equity and inclusion
Highly effective communication and collaboration skills
Good humor, energy, and strong vision for an outstanding elementary arts program
About Presidio Hill School
Presidio Hill School is an independent, progressive school serving 220 students enrolled in transitional kindergarten to 8th grade.
Established in 1918, Presidio Hill School is the oldest continuously operating progressive school in California; we will celebrate our 100th anniversary in the upcoming 2017/2018 school year! In keeping with this heritage, Presidio Hill continues to offer its students a challenging, project-based curriculum that prepares them for the future by attending to their developmental needs and by equipping them with tools and skills to be agents of social change. Guided by a skilled and caring faculty, students learn to be confident and curious, to be creative problem solvers and independent, critical thinkers. Learning is collaborative and active.
Our vibrant, diverse, and supportive community allows students to explore their unique voices, traits, and talents; our emphasis on the importance of community and justice encourages students to develop self-awareness, personal character, resilience, and an understanding of their role as stewards of the planet and citizens of the world.