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Hillbrook School is seeking a half-time (benefited) Drama Teacher to teach drama classes and electives to grades 7-8, co-teach drama classes to lower school classes, serve as director of the school musical, and participate in grade-level activities that support the student experience.
Hillbrook School is a co-ed, junior kindergarten–8th grade independent school located on 14 acres of oak woodland in Los Gatos, CA. Founded in 1935, Hillbrook School remains deeply connected to its historical roots as a school where children are known, learning is authentic and active, and success is measured one child at a time. During the past 85 years, we have grown and evolved from a small boarding school serving wards of the state to one of the leading independent schools in the Bay Area, and yet our vision remains the same—to inspire children to achieve their dreams and reach beyond themselves to make a difference in the world. Our talented faculty delivers a program that provides 385 students with a unique blend of challenging and engaging academics, visual and performing arts, physical and health education, passion-driven projects, and opportunities to serve and partner with others in our community.
Hillbrook School is a recognized leader in educational innovation, earning designation since 2010 as an Apple Distinguished School. Our 1:1 iPad program in the middle school, iLab Makerspace classroom, Center for Teaching Excellence, and Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship all stem from a commitment to implementing best practices in education. Our faculty members present at conferences across the globe each year on topics ranging from innovative uses of technology to research studies conducted on-campus examining the learning impacts of classroom design. A community of highly engaged lifelong learners, Hillbrook is intentional about, and deeply committed to, professional growth.
It is an exciting moment to enter our school. The middle school recently completed its final year of a three-year expansion process, with an ultimate target of 200 students in grades 5-8. With that expansion, we are bringing on teachers to broaden our offerings and to continue designing interdisciplinary projects and courses. We are also in the process of developing a large new Maker Space - the Hub - which will connect our visual art studios with our science labs and bring our philosophical emphases on project-based learning, questioning, making, and engineering into the physical heart of campus.
As noted in our recently rewritten Statement of Inclusivity, Hillbrook is an intentionally diverse community that strives to reflect the extraordinary diversity of Silicon Valley, believing that educational excellence and equity depend on the creation of a diverse and inclusive community where all people feel a full sense of membership. We invite you to join us in developing culturally competent students and building an educational institution committed to social justice. We foster wide-ranging opportunities for all employees to engage in work that furthers these goals, from personal dialogues that help us understand different perspectives to pedagogical training designed to support equity-minded instruction. Ultimately, we hope that this work helps all of our constituents - employees, students, and families - be more empathetic, globally-minded, and justice-oriented.
A highly collaborative community, Hillbrook constituents use the following norms to guide our communication with each other:
● Assume good will
● Come from your own experience
● Be more curious than certain
● Hold yourself and others capable
Our commitment to these principles make it possible for us to partner meaningfully, disagree respectfully, and lean into conversations that are both challenging and generative.
● Teach middle school drama electives
● Co-teach with the LS music teacher’s classes that integrate music and drama
● Collaborate and co-teach with LS Lead Teachers and Resident Teachers, with a focus on differentiated instruction
● Oversee and direct the 8th grade musical
● Implement the school’s social-emotional curriculum, which is based on Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs
● Provide hands-on, inquiry-based teaching; manage collaborative learning groups; integrate technology into the curriculum
● Communicate and follow-up on student progress, liaising with parents
● Actively participate in a faculty culture that is committed to being at the leading edge of K-8 education
● Reports to the Middle School Head
● A love of elementary and middle school children
● Master’s degree and three years teaching experience preferred in theater or theater education
● Demonstrated skills as an actor
● Demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning in a dynamic, 21st-century school community
● Ability to work in a collegial, collaborative environment
● A growth mindset, active sense of humor, warm personality, and excellent organizational and communication skills
● Demonstrated proficiency in educational technology
Salaries are competitive. Benefits include medical, dental, vision coverage, student loan paydown, and a comprehensive listing of additional benefits; ample retirement planning with TIAA-CREF; a generous holiday schedule; access to and support with the latest state-of-the-art education technology; and a strong commitment to engaging and personalized professional development. Hillbrook School is an equal opportunity employer. Opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or handicap.
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