The Upper School Theater Teacher opening is a full-time position reporting to the Head of the Upper School. This position is responsible for teaching theater classes to students in grades 9-12. Classes feature students at all levels, from beginning to more advanced. This position participates in the development and activities of the Performing Arts program.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach four sections of theater and/or visual and performing arts to students at varying levels of experience
Collaborate on the technical aspects of various productions throughout the year, including set and lighting design and construction
Prepare inspiring lessons, develop and deliver theater curriculum leading students toward mastery of essential skills and techniques
Instruct students on the effective, responsible, and safe use of the scene shop and theatrical spaces, including equipment and tools
Maintain safe and clean work and storage spaces
Provide effective and efficient organization and operation of the scene shop and theatrical spaces
Encourage students to engage in the design process
Keep attendance records; manage student behavior in classroom and maintain a positive environment for all students
Observe and evaluate students’ progress
Collaborate with colleagues within the department and the Upper School
Participate in faculty meetings and teacher training workshops as appropriate
Participate in the advisory program as needed
Bachelor’s Degree required, with previous experience teaching theater at the Upper School level
Technical theater/stagecraft experience and skills
Ability to communicate, motivate, and understand the students’ educational and emotional needs
Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teachers, support staff, parents and members of the community
Ability to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences in students and use different teaching methods that inspire high student achievement.
Enthusiasm and joy for working with students
In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We recognize that differences are a source of strength, and we know that everyone is enriched when each person's contributions and perspectives are valued.
About The Potomac School
The Potomac School is an independent K-12 day school located in McLean, Va. While we are a K-12 school, we are more accurately described as a K through lifetime experience. We nurture the development of our students as unique individuals and as contributing members of a vibrant learning community.
Our school comprises four distinct yet interconnected divisions, joined through a shared mission, integrated curriculum, and deeply rooted communal ties. We enjoy the beauty and natural resources of our 90-acre campus, our athletic fields, woods, streams, and ponds providing a rare and wonderful setting for each student's educational journey.
Mission: At The Potomac School, we believe that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary, and equally essential, educational goals. With a firm commitment to our core values and a rigorous academic program, we prepare students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.