The Art Teacher is an energetic, creative and skillful visual arts educator who is responsible for developing students’ understanding, skills, and appreciation of art. Additionally, this person nurtures each student’s passions, talents, and boundless potential in the visual arts.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Art Teacher is responsible for ensuring the success of the K-8 art program and integration throughout the school year, and teaching K-8 students the joy of art as connected to each grade level’s curricular themes. The essential job responsibilities shall include but not be limited to the following:
Oversee and develop an K-8 visual art program
Develop students’ art knowledge and skills as connected to each grade level’s curricular themes such as composition, color, perspective, drawing, painting, clay, and paper
Develops the knowledge of Upper School students in the elements of painting, design, photography, three-dimensional media, Photoshop and other digital software.
Develops and expands students’ knowledge of art history, introducing a variety of historic art movements and cultures
Lead students to appreciate and enjoy art
Guide and develop students to become confident and risk takers through their artistic expressions
Employ effective teaching methods and student management skills; employ adequate supervision to ensure student safety
Lead and supervise students during field trips
Develop the students’ understanding of a diverse range of artistic forms
Communicate student progress with parents in a timely manner
Plan and teach all classes as assigned
Evaluate the learning experience of students in curricular and social-emotional work
Collaborate with teachers in planning and execution across disciplines and divisions to ensure curricular integration
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School and Division Heads
Utilize best instructional practices, methods, materials and technology
Cultivate and model a respectful, safe, creative, inclusive, and invigorating environment
Evaluate student work through both formative and summative assessments, benchmarks and other tools to guide instructional planning and promote student success
Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with other teachers and assistant teachers throughout all grade levels on campus to strengthen community and student experience
Ability to relate and communicate well with students, parents, and colleagues
Prepares students for art shows and competitions
Other Qualifications and Responsibilities:
Strong understanding of independent school methods and ability to effectively integrate best practices of NAIS and CAIS
Ability to work effectively with Head of Lower School, Head of Upper School and other Faculty and Staff members.
Demonstrate effective and respectful management of classroom culture
Demonstrate ability to establish connections and rapport with children of all ages
Exhibit enthusiasm and commitment to the vision, mission and guiding principles of the school, including a commitment to inclusivity and equity
Exhibit the ability to work as part of a team
Excellent communications, team-building and collaborative skills
Demonstrated ability to work with differentiated abilities and employ teaching methods
3-5 years’ experience with teaching art, preferably in K-8 schools
B.A. or Master’s Degree in Art Education or related field, or equivalent experience
Able to pass state and federal background checks
Clear TB and criminal background check upon hire
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a school employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions. Reasonable accommodation may be requested to enable individuals to perform the essential responsibilities of the job:
Ability to sit, stand, move, communicate, hear and read during the course of normal and teaching activities
Able to think and concentrate for sustained periods of time, and to perform teaching responsibilities with patience and professionalism required to effectively work with children
In-person attendance necessary to perform essential job functions in the classroom
Normal exposure to interior heat/air conditioning and interior dust
May be exposed to childhood illnesses
About Mirman School
Mirman School opened its doors to educate gifted children in 1962. Motivated by a deep love and concern for these children, Dr. and Mrs. Norman J. Mirman began the school with nine pioneering students in their West Los Angeles home. Today, with a newly expanded campus serving all dimensions of childhood, Mirman School is a thriving and diverse community home to 330 students. Mirman continues to distinguish itself as one of the few schools in the country devoted to the education of highly gifted children, particularly serving all dimensions of childhood — academic, artistic, kinesthetic, and more.
We cultivate the boundless potential of highly gifted children, nurture their passions and talents, and develop a diverse community of creative and constructive lifelong learners.
Our 6 acre campus is home to both Lower and Upper Schools, beautiful outdoor community spaces including regulation-size athletic fields and basketball courts, handball and Ga-Ga courts, innovative play yards, and office and classroom spaces. A faculty lounge creates a warm convivial space for gathering, collaborating, and all the coffee one could want. Recycling initiatives and fast-fi...ll water stations throughout campus, in addition to energy efficient office spaces, combine to create a greener community.
Mirman is made up of students and their families, a dedicated and passionate Parent Service League, and a Board of Trustees made up of community leaders. In the Lower School, lead teachers are supported by part-time Assistant Teachers, while Upper School teachers specialize in disciplines such as English, science, Latin, Mandarin, History, etc. Dynamic specialists in science, STEM, technology, math, art, music, choir, theatre and more round out the fabric of our faculty. Mirman is also home to a collegial and collaborative group of administrators who work to facilitate the ideal teaching and learning environment.