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Lower School Art Teacher

We are currently seeking a Lower School Art Teacher (starting Fall 2022), with a particular focus on the primary grades (Kindergarten-Grade 2).

St. Patrick’s is fortunate to have three full-time art teachers teaching students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. Their current teaching responsibilities are grouped by grade level: Kindergarten-Grade 2; Grades 3-5; and Grades 6-8. Correspondingly, there are three well-appointed art studios for instruction. The Art Teacher reports to and is evaluated by the Head of Lower School. 

Teachers arrive by 7:45 a.m. in order to set up classroom activities, prepare materials, confer with their colleagues, help with arrival carpool on a rotating basis and, in some instances, meet with students. At the end of the day, Special-Subject Teachers help manage the carpool process on a rotating basis until about 3:20 p.m. Teachers should then be available to work with students until 3:45 p.m.


CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

The Lower School art program is designed to empower students with the skills of artists. Children are encouraged to explore and experiment as they develop confidence in their artistic abilities. Students are exposed to a broad range of materials and provided with opportunities to create art with a range of purposes. Trips to art museums support student engagement with art, and the work of every child enlivens our hallways. Activities develop children’s skills of observation and their awareness of the basic elements of art—line, shape, color, texture, value, and space. Art history and a working art vocabulary are introduced at every opportunity.

Students apply critical-thinking skills to critique artwork and then use the information to improve their own pieces. Subjects are drawn from interdisciplinary studies and the surrounding world as well as personal experiences. Art Teachers are responsible for designing and implementing an arts curriculum that is consistent with the Day School Mission Statement; builds on an ever-growing knowledge of how students learn best; reflects students’ developmental abilities, needs, styles, and interests; and demonstrates conceptual coherence and continuity of skill development across grade levels.

The curriculum should be individualized as much as possible to develop and extend the unique strengths of each child while, at the same time, supporting that child’s needs. St. Patrick’s encourages creativity and innovation in curriculum and instruction and supports a teacher’s initiatives in broadening and expanding the existing areas of study or instructional methods at a grade level. Art Teachers need to work closely together as they craft the curriculum. Therefore, a highly collaborative spirit is essential to this position, as teachers learn from each other, share tips and techniques, and review the curriculum on an ongoing basis for horizontal and vertical alignment. At the same time, some of the most powerful learning occurs across disciplines.

The Art Teachers must also collaborate with members of grade-level teams, perhaps building on or extending activities that originate in the homeroom or in other instructional settings, in pursuit of effective interdisciplinary learning that advances art skills and concepts along with skills and ways of thinking more closely associated with other fields of study. Art Teachers are encouraged and expected to stay abreast of current trends and research in arts education and related fields and to apply appropriate strategies and techniques to meet the diverse needs of their students. They should maintain plan books detailing learning objectives, lessons, and activities, all of which focus on the overall goal of creating and fostering an organized, inviting, stimulating, and challenging learning environment. The classroom environment and program should reflect an attention to artists and artistic traditions from throughout the world, including a variety of races, ethnicities, and cultures. Teachers new to St.Patrick’s should become aware of ongoing curricular initiatives such as differentiated instruction, inquiry-based teaching, design and design thinking, and social-emotional learning.
 

COMMITMENT TO ST. PATRICK’S

Art Teachers fulfill a variety of other important responsibilities as part of their positions. In doing so, they demonstrate their commitment to the St. Patrick’s community. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assuming a role in the larger school community by enforcing schoolwide policies and procedures and actively supporting and implementing the Day School Mission Statement, Statement of Philosophy, Creed, and Mission Statement for Equity and Diversity
  • Working towards schoolwide goals and curriculum decisions
  • Becoming familiar with and observing the policies and procedures as set forth in the Faculty Handbook
  • Assuming responsibility for managing the Art Department budget, including selecting and ordering needed supplies and purchasing supplies within the budget
  • Maintaining vigilance regarding the physical plant and notifying the Division Head of safety or other maintenance issues
  • Serving as an advocate for the school in the wider community
  • Completing the required annual health examination and maintaining required first aid and bloodborne pathogen training
  • Participating in school events outside regular school hours such as graduation, certain evening parent and professional development opportunities, and other special performances and gatherings.
     

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Teachers assume responsibility for their own professional growth consistent with the criteria listed in St. Patrick’s Faculty Handbook. They participate actively in regular faculty meetings (normally Thursdays beginning at 3:30 p.m.) and on committees of the school. They demonstrate a commitment to growth in setting annual goals and in their collaborative involvement in the school’s evaluation process. St. Patrick’s considers professional development an integral and vital part of each teacher’s personal growth and learning and is committed to providing generous resources, opportunities, and guidance in this area.
 

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

A successful candidate for the position of Lower School Art Teacher will have an undergraduate degree (masters preferred) in arts education or a related field; at least three to five years of successful teaching experience; an interest in and depth of knowledge about the development of primary- and elementary-age children, especially within the realm of artistic expression and including those from a variety of racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; the ability to express ideas effectively both verbally and in writing; and a highly collaborative and collegial manner.

The successful candidate will also have successfully completed the required background check.
 

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates for the position of Lower School Art Teacher should email a cover letter, resume, and list of names and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to Jenifer Congdon, Head of Lower School, at congdonj@stpatsdc.org