The Head-Royce Lower School is seeking a dynamic, creative educator to lead our garden program. The garden teacher is an integral part of the learning experience of all lower schoolers. Following a sequential K-5 garden curriculum, the garden teacher facilitates weekly hands-on lessons that align with grade level course work to maximize the student experience. In addition to formal, scheduled garden classes, the garden teacher opens the garden space and supervises student exploration and garden free play. Full maintenance and upkeep of the planting beds, chicken coop and garden animals is also expected.
Specific Lower School Job Responsibilities/Expectations
Design and implement K-5 garden curriculum scope and sequence
Execute complete, hands-on and engaging garden lessons
Supervise students in the garden during recess
Collaborate with homeroom teachers to create rich co-curricular opportunities for learning in the garden
Lead small and large group lessons and activities
Demonstrate clear classroom management strategies that help to create a safe and nurturing outdoor learning environment
Organize 2 garden festivals - Fall & Spring
Tend to the animals in the garden
Physical demands include composting, seasonal planting and maintaining the plant beds
Collaborative, collegial, and flexible teacher within the Lower School with other student-focused educators.
Clear communicator with students, colleagues and parents, both orally and in writing
Possess a growth mindset, a love of learning, and patience
Practiced in differentiated instruction
Strong organizational, planning, and communication skills
Flexible in pedagogical approach, using multiple modalities to deliver a concept.
Clear desire to use a variety of teaching approaches in order to reach different student populations and adapt to better serve their learning styles and needs
Demonstrated understanding of curriculum design, pedagogical approaches and developmental appropriateness in order to deliver engaging, active, student-centered lessons
Knowledge of garden curriculum
Minimum 5 years experience teaching
Strong academic background, experience in multicultural education and an awareness of ecological literacy
Genuine fondness for working with students K-5
Head-Royce School Overview
Located on a 14-acre campus in the hills of Oakland, California, Head-Royce is a preeminent, co-educational, independent, K-12 day school with a 129-year history. Our mission is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for diversity that makes our society strong, and to encourage active and responsible global citizenship. Head-Royce enrolls 875 students in three separate divisions — lower, middle and upper schools — and provides a dynamic, holistic education to every student. Students enjoy rich cultural experiences because of both the breadth and diversity of the student population. In the upper grades, there are numerous opportunities to engage with peers around the world through online courses and trips. There are 160 Professional Community members (faculty and staff) who are creative, dedicated leaders in their respective fields. Admission is highly competitive with students coming from a wide range of geographic locales.
Compensation: Competitive among comparable schools Location: Oakland, California Travel:(minimal) Education: Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree(s) a plus Start Date: August, 2018 Website: headroyce.org
Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and a current resume. Files should be sent via email to LSJobs@headroyce.org with the subject line “LS Garden Position.”
Head-Royce School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.