Reporting to the Lower School Director, the school seeks an experienced, vibrant outdoor educator who brings a strong background in science, gardening and place-based learning to their teaching practice, both on-site and remote. Class size is between 16-18 students. An outdoor classroom and yurt are available as the primary classrooms. The hiring process will include a screening interview and school tour. Finalists will submit samples of lesson plans, student assessments, and parent communication; lead a demonstration lesson for students; and participate in a second interview with the full interview committee.
The Lower School Learning Garden Teacher is responsible for:
Designing curricula that provides a robust outdoor education via a stewardship lens that meets the developmental and academic needs of students in grades K-5.
Collaborating regularly with K-5 classroom teachers and other specialist program staff to provide a cohesive, interdisciplinary program with projects that complement learning across diverse settings.
Supervising students working and learning outdoors to maintain student garden areas and a mini farm with chickens in coordination with grounds staff.
Instructing students in the safe use of gardening and kitchen tools.
Collaborating closely with the Design ME Director, putting into action design and building projects as needed, as part of our Agency by Design research project collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Managing a set classroom budget for supplies, equipment and books.
Communicating with families via curricular posts on a predetermined schedule, bi-annual progress reports and parent/guardian conferences.
Adhering to a routine duty schedule for supervision of students at recess, lunch, and drop-off or pick up.
Coordinating parent volunteer participation in animal care duties and campus work parties, in collaboration with the facilities director and grounds staff.
Please complete our employment application to apply.
Park Day School believes strongly in the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek to identify and hire a greater number of faculty of color to serve as role models for all students. We strive to foster a diverse campus community which recognizes the value of all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, family-care status, marital status, veteran status, disability or socio-economic background.
The ideal candidate will:
Have 3-5 years of exemplary lead classroom teaching experience and a valid California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.
Be well-versed in progressive educational theory and practices and be culturally competent to build an inclusive community.
Have a proven track record of working successfully in a diverse student environment that upholds high values in social justice education and practices.
Possess a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
Have experience meeting a wide range of student learning styles and needs via multiple modalities and differentiating instruction in each subject area.
Have a nurturing, supportive, and clear tone with students, and experience with collaborative teaching.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits will be based on qualifications and experience. Benefits offered include employer-paid medical with Kaiser, dental insurance, a generous retirement plan and more. We also have a calming, beautiful campus where you can enjoy a discounted lunch from our school caterers.
About Park Day School
At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.
Our Campus and History
Park Day School was founded as a progressive K-6 school by teachers and parents in 1976, and opened with 28 students and four teachers. By 1982, the student body had grown to 90 students, and Park Day moved to the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland, CA. The school purchased a two-acre campus on 43rd Street in 1993. Today, our four-acre campus is often described as "glorious" and "a jewel." Mature trees, lush flower gardens, birds, squirrels, a ch...icken coop, vegetable gardens and quiet niches are enjoyed by all. Swings, climbing bars, sandy play areas, a large all-weather playing field, multiple climbing structures and a shaded gazebo combine to provide an exciting and varied outdoor area for all ages.