Isidore Newman School seeks a talented and dynamic Lower School Art teacher for the 2024-2025 academic year. The role of the Art teacher in the Lower School is multifaceted. The successful applicant will possess excellent speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills; demonstrate strong instructional and classroom management skills; have knowledge of varied pedagogy and trends in art instruction and curriculum design; be technologically savvy and computer literate; have an abiding interest in helping students to experience academic and social growth; be successful in working with teams; be willing to contribute to school activities outside of the assigned classroom; possess a strong understanding of the developmental level of the students they teach; and genuinely love to work with children and educators at the elementary level.
The most important qualifications include:
A bachelor's degree or higher in Art Education, Fine Arts, or a related field
4+ years of experience as an elementary art educator
Knowledge of varied pedagogy and trends in art instruction and curriculum design at the primary level
Cultural competency demonstrating respect for diversity of identities and experiences and an orientation toward equity and inclusion
Professional orientation towards collaboration and innovation
A reflective practitioner, committed to a continuous process of self-improvement and lifelong learning
Enthusiasm for teaching children
A positive sense of humor, self-confidence, and effective oral and written communication skills
Ability to engage, motivate and develop student learning
Must meet and maintain any and all federal, state and local requirements to work in an educational childcare setting.
Significant responsibilities include:
Plan and deliver age-appropriate art lessons that align with the school's curriculum and educational goals as well as meet the differentiated needs of our students including whole group, small group, and individual instruction.
Demonstrate knowledge of content and pedagogy. Teach a variety of art forms and techniques, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and crafts. Create engaging and innovative lesson plans that inspire creativity and artistic expression.
Develop and adapt art curriculum to meet the unique needs and abilities of lower school students.
Assess student progress and provide constructive feedback on their artwork. Complete narrative report card grade level content summaries.
Introduce students to different art styles, artists, and art history.
Encourage cultural diversity and awareness through art.
Create and maintain student portfolios to track development over time.
Organize and oversee art shows, exhibitions and installations, showcasing students' work to the school community and parents.
Facilitate the educational and social development of the students.
Create an environment of respect and rapport that is safe and conducive to learning
Use instructional time effectively.
Collaborate positively with colleagues around teaching and learning and have a growth mindset.
Continue to grow professionally by working with administration, accepting feedback throughout the evaluation process, attending in-service and professional development/training, in and outside of the school, reading professionally, and actively participating in faculty meetings.
Communicate openly and effectively with parents including but not limited to Parents Nights, Parent Teacher Conferences, Curriculum Conversations
Participate in and plan field trips and activities connected with the course of study at each grade level
Maintain student records, display student work, and maintain a neat and organized environment for learning
Model appropriate presence daily and ensure that students adhere to Lower School behavioral expectations
Complete Lower School duties and responsibilities as assigned
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, updated resume, educational philosophy statement, and names of three professional references.
Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational independent school that serves high-achieving and highly motivated students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as infants through young children in Green Trees, a premier early childhood division of the School. Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, blocks away from Tulane and Loyola University, Newman is the only co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Our School enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics and the arts with our students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country.