Burgundy Farm Country Day School is a progressive school on a pastoral 25-acre campus near Alexandria, Virginia, serving 280 children in junior kindergarten through 8th grade. Burgundy believes children learn best in an inclusive, creative and nurturing environment that engages the whole child. Our innovative, hands-on approach to education cultivates independent thinking, promotes academic excellence, instills respect for diversity, and teaches responsibility for self, for others, and for the natural world. For more information, visit www.burgundyfarm.org.
Burgundy seeks a part-time lower school drama teacher. The ideal candidate is an effective and inspiring teacher who enjoys helping children understand the power in the spoken word and find their voices. The drama teacher reports directly to the Assistant Head of School/Lower School Head.
Drama classes at Burgundy are a subject discipline and meet once a week in grades 1-8. In grades 1-3, students are given the chance to explore their voices, take part in reader’s theater, act in short skits and, as they advance in skills, work in small groups to write and perform their own skits. Students create puppets, learn about costumes and explore simple set design.
The qualified candidate will have:
Genuine love of learning and desire to work with children as a facilitator of learning
A degree with a major in education, theater, or a related field
Collaborative spirit and interest in team-teaching and creating a joyful learning environment
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to organize and manage a positive classroom grounded in a belief that all learning begins with attending to children’s developmental social and emotional needs
Willingness to teach and adapt an integrated, inquiry-based curriculum
Commitment to teaching diverse learning styles and differentiated instruction
Interest in outdoor, hands-on and environmental education
Ability to be flexible and collaborate with classroom teachers throughout the year, integrating units of classroom study into drama class work
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Teach drama according to the stated curriculum, demonstrate thorough planning
Maintain an emphasis on preparing students for the joys and challenges of learning
Participate in curriculum development, committee, and task force work
Perform necessary administrative tasks and attend required meetings and events
Engage in reflective practice and various professional growth activity
The hours for this position are somewhat flexible. The position ranges from 25-33% time.
While small in number, some before and after school responsibilities come up during the academic year, in addition to weekend events.
The School is closed for most national holidays, as well as Winter and Spring Break.
Salaries are based on a competitive independent school scale with increases for advanced degrees and experience
How to Apply: Please submit a letter of interest, specific to this position, and resume to Elizabeth Lener at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burgundy Farm Country Day School actively maintains its commitment to equal opportunity for all employees. To fulfill this commitment, we recruit, hire, promote, and retain individuals in all job titles without regard to race, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, or disability