The Kew-Forest School, a preschool through 12th grade, co-educational day school founded in 1918 in Forest Hills, NY, seeks an experienced Middle and Upper School Art teacher. Kew-Forest is proud to enroll an astonishingly diverse student body, including approximately nine percent of whom are international students. The Kew-Forest School seeks to promote diversity in its hiring process and is committed to building an inclusive community and culturally diverse faculty to work with our students and families. All Middle and Upper School students study Visual Arts as part of their required coursework. The Middle and Upper School Visual Arts teacher will work with all Middle School students and both standard and advanced Upper School students.
We are seeking a Visual Arts teacher capable of teaching a rigorous, diverse, hands-on curriculum, grades 6-12. Candidates should demonstrate a deep understanding of their subject and show flexibility in their approach to the material. The Art Teacher will be responsible for developing in each student an interest in and the ability for creative expression in visual terms, using skills and techniques of artistic expression consistent with school guidelines and best practices in the field; to develop aesthetic understandings and appreciations; and to discover and develop talents of students in the field of art.
The ideal candidate will have or be:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in Art or Arts Education required; MFA preferred
Three or more years of Middle and Upper School Visual Arts teaching experience (independent schools preferred)
Demonstrated ability to teach Middle School students, novice, intermediate, and advanced Upper School students, and Advanced Placement Art Studio students with equal effectiveness
Experience teaching students to build AP Studio Art portfolios
A dynamic instructor who can reach, teach, and differentiate instruction as needed for a range of Middle and Upper School learners
Ability to effectively integrate new technologies and tools in the creative process
Ability to develop project-based learning experiences for a range of learners
Use a range of instructional techniques and media consistent with available resources and student needs and capabilities
Expand the students' use of individual and collaborative strategies to generate concepts and ideas
Teach students how to identify elements and techniques used to create concepts
Teach students to apply elements of design and modern principles of art
Further the students' knowledge of visual arts and media through art theory and history
Develop an aesthetic understanding and appreciation that allows students to make qualitative judgments about art
Enable students to create a functional portfolio of their art works
Plan, coordinate and prepare art displays and exhibitions for the school and community
Provide formative and summative assessments of each student’s performance and growth in knowledge, skills, and aesthetic understandings
Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment
Organize storage areas and control use of materials, equipment and tools to prevent loss or abuse, while facilitating ease of access and use
Ability to develop hands-on field trips around Long Island and the New York City boroughs
Familiarity and comfort working with a globally diverse group of parents, students, and colleagues
Strong written and oral communication to effectively communicate with students, parents, and colleagues
A collaborative instinct to facilitate working with other Middle and Upper School Arts teachers to assure coherence and consistency from grade to grade
Demonstrated commitment to professional development and lifelong learning via active participation as an educational professional in the realms of Visual Arts.
Fully committed to all other duties included in working with Middle and Upper School students, including doing lunch duty, chaperoning events and field trips (including overnight events), attending faculty and department meetings, etc.
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for two or three professional references to Tiffany D. Trotter, Head of Middle and Upper School, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include “Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please.
To learn more about The Kew-Forest School, please visit our website: www.kewforest.org
The Kew-Forest School is an intimate early childhood through 12th grade learning community that is small by design, inclusive, and globally representative. Kew-Forest provides a safe, nurturing, and intellectually vigorous environment that inspires every student to explore and expand creative interests, to apply courageous and innovative thinking, and to become an ethical contributor to ever-widening communities. Kew-Forest students develop the skills necessary for pursuing higher education and for acquiring the essential competencies of a responsible citizen.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY
The Kew-Forest School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
About The Kew-Forest School
The Kew-Forest School was founded in its current location in 1918 by Louis D. Marriott and Guy Hinman Catlin. Their objective was to establish “a country day school which has modern equipment, high standards of scholarship and discipline, and a sincere spirit of service.” Kew-Forest opened its doors to neighborhood residents and currently has students from Forest Hills and 40 other communities in Queens, as well as areas of Brooklyn, Long Island, Bronx and Manhattan. Today, the Kew-Forest student body is one of the most diverse and international to be found at any independent school in the country. Kew-Forest students have varied cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and a majority are multilingual. The current school building, anchored by the original brick building of Georgian architecture, includes lower and upper school wings, a gymnasium/auditorium, a library wing, and a laboratory building on two acres of land. Kew-Forest is in close proximity to public transportation.
The Kew-Forest School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the New York State Department ...of Education. The School is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York (GISNY).
MISSION The Kew-Forest School is an intimate early childhood through 12th grade learning community that is small by design, inclusive, and globally representative. Kew-Forest provides a safe, nurturing, and intellectually vigorous environment that inspires every student to explore and expand creative interests, to apply courageous and innovative thinking, and to become an ethical contributor to ever-widening communities. Kew-Forest students develop the skills necessary for pursuing higher education and for acquiring the essential competencies of a responsible citizen.