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Applying for Position:
Charles Armstrong School,
Belmont, CA

This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.

Charles Armstrong School seeks a full-time Art Teacher for grades 2-8. The ideal candidate will have a passion for art and a love for working with students who learn differently.

Position Overview

The ideal candidate will be energized by working collaboratively with colleagues, developing cross-curricular lessons, and supporting students in developing their strengths. Successful candidates will demonstrate a passion for teaching art, embrace the social/emotional wellness of students and their families and have a deep commitment to equity and inclusion.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Teach semester-long art classes, each class period is 45 minutes long. Elementary students (grades 2-5) attend class twice a week and 6th grade students attend class once per week.
  • Teach/co-teach quarterly elective art classes to middle school students (grades 6-8) during elective times (45 minute sessions, four times a week).
  • Lead recess art for lower school students (twice per week) and middle school students (once per week).
  • Plan and implement curriculum for art. Curriculum includes, but is not limited to, painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture and printmaking.
  • Provide opportunities for students to explore issues of identity and culture through art.
  • Display art around campus, curate student art for various art contests, and for end of year art celebration.
  • Work with homeroom, math, social studies, and science teachers to integrate other subject areas into the art when possible.
  • Plan and conduct projects for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question and investigate.
  • Collaborate on art for yearbook, including front and back cover designs and inside art.
  • Manage art supplies, equipment, tools, and classroom, kiln, and storage spaces.
  • Create a well-organized, safe, and student-centered room that reflects an art environment.
  • Implement Armstrong Best Teaching Practices.
  • Collaborate with co-teacher on quarterly and semester report card anecdotal.
  • Duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree, preferably in Art, Art Education
  • Master’s degree or Teaching Credential preferred
  • Minimum 3 years as an art teacher working with similar aged students
  • Experience working with a wide range of materials & techniques in the visual arts
  • Experience working with students with learning differences and knowledge about differentiated instruction
  • Experience with Responsive Classroom preferred
  • In-depth knowledge and continued interest in current art education research, best practices and professional growth
  • Familiarity with the California Visual Arts Standards
  • Experience with social and emotional learning strategies
  • Knowledge of computer graphic art and ceramics

Additional Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic to achieve academic goals
  • Displays effective multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Ability to communicate with students, teachers and teaching partner
  • Ability to form parent partnerships
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to work in a collaborative professional learning environment
  • Flexible and positive attitude
  • Ability to motivate and engage thriving learners
  • Ability to identify and improve student outcomes
  • Ability to design multi-sensory lessons that engage all learners
  • Ability to use and integrate technology for communication and classroom purposes
  • Understanding students according to strengths and challenges
  • Experience with technology integration in the classroom

Charles Armstrong School offers:

  • Competitive salaries commensurate with experience
  • Attractive medical, dental and vision package, 403b plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Team-teaching model
  • Instructional coaches
  • Professional development program
  • Collaborative teaching environment with seasoned professionals

Charles Armstrong School is the premier school for children with dyslexia and learning differences in the San Francisco Bay Area with a national reputation for excellence. Charles Armstrong School is a non-profit, independent, coeducational day school of approximately 240 students in grades 2-8. Charles Armstrong School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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