The Kew-Forest School, a preschool through 12th grade, co-educational day school founded in 1918 in Forest Hills, NY, seeks an experienced full-time Middle & Upper School Visual Arts teacher. Kew-Forest is proud to enroll an astonishingly diverse student body, including approximately nine percent of whom are international students. The Kew-Forest School seeks to promote diversity in its hiring process and is committed to building an inclusive community and culturally diverse faculty to work with our students and families. Middle & Upper School students study multiple facets of Visual Arts. Middle School focuses on building strong foundational skills and hands-on experimentation in 2D and 3D areas including observational drawing, illustrating, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, graphic design, stop motion animation, and video. Upper School students complete a range of projects that both challenge their technical skills as well as their conceptual skills, bringing a deeper meaning and connection to themselves and the current world around them. As they progress they develop their personal voice and interested students work toward completing the AP Studio Art curriculum and portfolio. The Middle & Upper School Visual Arts teacher will work with a range of student learners across multiple grades and preference will be given to candidates with strong independent school experience.
The Kew-Forest School is embarking on an exciting new chapter as it enters its 104th year of operation. The School is in the process of creating a campus master plan which will entail examining and making improvements to its current facilities, enhancing our students’ experience, and providing incredible growth, leadership, and professional development opportunities for our faculty. The individual who fills this position must be energetic, creative, imaginative, and thoughtful in their approach to curriculum and pedagogy, and will contribute substantially to the revamping of our Middle & Upper School Visual Arts program as the School enters its era of Kew-Forest 2.0.
The ideal candidate will have or be ...
Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a Visual Arts field;
Ability to deliver a comprehensive and robust visual arts program for beginning, intermediate and advanced students in both Middle and Upper School;
An understanding of and commitment to cultural competency and how to support a diverse student population, particularly through teaching inclusive visual arts curricula;
A dynamic and flexible instructor who can reach, teach, and differentiate instruction for a range of learners;
Invested in designing courses and learning experiences that engage students in project-based learning and inquiry-based practices through use of presentations, research, projects, and hands-on activities;
A passion for mentoring ongoing student learning outside of the classroom;
Demonstrated commitment to professional development and lifelong learning, and be active as an educational professional in visual arts fields or professional organizations;
A deep understanding of current trends in teaching and learning;
Facility with digital resources and digital textbooks, Zoom, and remote teaching and learning, and technology in the classroom;
Ability to develop hands-on field trips around Long Island and the New York City boroughs;
Strong written and oral communication skills to effectively communicate with students, parents, and colleagues;
A collaborative instinct to facilitate working with other teachers.
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and contact information for two or three professional references to Tiffany D. Trotter, Head of Middle and Upper School at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include “Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please.
To learn more about The Kew-Forest School, please visit our website: www.kewforest.org.
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NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION
The Kew-Forest School believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity. The School prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, culture, background, physical or mental disability, or any other legally protected classes or classifications. No employee or job applicant will be discriminated against in recruitment, compensation, promotion, or termination practices.
About The Kew-Forest School
The Kew-Forest School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the New York State Department of Education. The School is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York (GISNY).