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The Gardner School is seeking a dynamic, experienced, highly skilled classroom teacher to
join our community as the school’s next K-6 Art Classroom Teacher. This is an exciting
opportunity to collaborate with school leadership and faculty on growing and developing
Gardner’s Art program and advancing the school’s impact in the SW Washington and
Portland metro area. We are looking for a compelling classroom teacher who is committed
to progressive education, inspired to innovate, and able to add value to our outstanding
The K-6 Art Classroom Teacher would create an environment where young students grow
in their understanding of art concepts and explore their own creative expression. The
Gardner Art program focuses on exposing students to multiple approaches and materials,
and an ideal candidate should have experience in a variety of visual arts fields. The teacher
candidate should have demonstrated success teaching drawing, painting, sculpting, and
more. A strong candidate would also have experience safely operating a ceramic kiln. Our
K-6 Art Classroom Teacher works closely with homeroom teachers to align projects with
classroom learning goals and thematic plans, and collaboration with colleagues and
community members are expected to meet these goals.
In addition to the qualifications listed below, the ideal K-6 Art Classroom Teacher candidate
will be highly effective in using progressive educational strategies such as inquiry-, project-,
and place-based, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning. Confidence using multiple
intelligence concepts and vocabulary is preferred. The ideal teacher can differentiate and
individualize instruction in ways that maximize student engagement and achievement. This
teacher can expertly guide students through long-range project experiences and prepare
students for presentations of their work. This teacher also will provide an engaging,
stimulating, and unique experience for students, inspiring them to high levels of curiosity
and critical reasoning while strengthening their confidence in art creation. Our Art teacher
plays an important role in the community life of campus, creating and installing art
projects, interacting with parents, staff, and students around deepening art studies, and can
create materials to support those goals.

● Teach classes as assigned, in person or remote, providing effective and
professional classroom instruction, assessment, and management as appropriate to
age of students
​ ● Design and implement curriculum and instruction consistent with Gardner’s
mission, values, and pedagogy;
​ ● Manage resources and support safe classroom practices for a variety of materials and supplies;
​ ● Collaborate with colleagues on curriculum development and on enhancing
instructional practices and strategies;
​ ● Establish effective communications and relationships with students and parents;
​ ● Help to maintain school policies, regulations, and expectations;
​ ● Develop and maintain professional, collaborative, and collegial relationships with
faculty and staff, as well as with community partners to the benefit of students and
our program;
​ ● Support the work of the Head of School and administrative/leadership team,
including supporting school-wide art initiatives and projects;
​ ● Exhibit a growth mindset about teaching practices and work toward professional
goals and development;
​ ● Participate in non-classroom activities, including community events, curriculum
nights, field trips, and student trips;
​ ● Provide effective supervision of students to promote a safe and healthy
environment and school experience;
​ ● Timely and professional completion of required reports and forms;
​ ● Represent the school at community or public events;
​ ● Fulfill other responsibilities as assigned respective to faculty member’s status as a
Gardner community member

​ ● Earned Bachelor’s Degree or higher in education or a related field from an
accredited institution of higher education; advanced degree in education or related
field preferred;
​ ● Demonstrated success teaching a broad spectrum of visual arts;
​ ● Demonstrated success working effectively with and motivating learners;
​ ● Demonstrated success in curriculum development;
​ ● Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills; ability to effectively
communicate with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students;
​ ● Proficiency with computers (including Chromebooks), Google Drive tools, and word processing, databases, and other classroom technologies;
​ ● Demonstrated ability to create an effective learning environment and interact
effectively with people from different cultures and experiences;
​ ● An awareness about learning differences and how they can expand teaching
practices and student success;

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