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Menlo School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve. Located in Atherton, California, and established in 1915, the School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National and California Associations of Independent Schools.
Menlo is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding creative arts and athletic programs. The School helps students develop positive values and nurtures character development in a supportive environment that upholds the highest moral and ethical standards. Our program encourages students to reach their fullest potential and to develop the skills necessary to respond intelligently and humanely to the complexities of a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.
At Menlo School, equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our organizational identity. Through our daily efforts, the School demonstrates a shared commitment to the development of all stakeholders by supporting a campus ethos where equity, diversity, and inclusion reflect the major cornerstones of our community.
Menlo Middle School (grades 6-8) is seeking an enthusiastic educator with middle school teaching experience to teach Dance. Middle School subject teachers have four class sections with at least two class periods for preparation in a rotating block schedule.
All Middle School teachers participate in an extracurricular activity and also serve as an advocate for a group of 10-11 students. Teachers meet regularly with grade-level teams and the middle school and upper school Creative Arts departments to discuss curriculum, pedagogy, student progress, and special initiatives. The Dance program supports the development of students’ dance skills while also building their choreographic skills, performance techniques, and self-reflection. Students are exposed to many different styles of dance and movement, and are encouraged to not only dive into the styles that interest them, but also explore new styles as well.
Choreographic responsibilities include, but not limited to:
Choreograph the annual dance concert in conjunction with the upper school dance teacher
Choreograph/stage two Middle School plays/musicals a year in coordination with the MS director
Providing group choreography for special events including the Holiday Assembly, Creative Arts Week, and others as needed.
We look for teachers who:
Design learning experiences, create assessments, and evaluate student performance in a standards-based system, using a set of established core competencies
Facilitate a dynamic and inspiring classroom, using a wide variety of creative and learner-centered teaching methods
Support the organizational, academic, and emotional needs of middle schoolers through a genuine love of middle school students
Differentiate classroom materials and presentations as needed to allow for learning differences among students
Contribute to the school community by actively participating in extracurricular activities, faculty committees, and school initiatives
Show a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity
Are comfortable with technology and its applications in the classroom, including the use of MacBooks, Canvas, Veracross, and Google tools
Manage frequent and ongoing verbal and written communications with students, parents and colleagues
Work collaboratively with other faculty members towards a common goal through active listening, sharing, and reflecting
Commit to their own professional growth and reflection
Model high ethical and moral standards
Work in-person technology (zoom, in person technologies, camera, ect)
Teach the following classes: 6th grade Introduction to Dance Class; 7th and 8th Dance Electives
Offer and run a student Dance Performing group
Choreograph dances to share with the community
Be a grade level advocate and attend grade level team meetings
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
At least three years of Middle School teaching experience
A broad knowledge of and experience with current best practices in curriculum and instruction, especially standards-based learning
An exceptional work environment and caring community
Excellent professional development opportunities
Highly competitive salary
A comprehensive benefits package for employees and their families
Generous contributions to 403b retirement plan
Free lunch on campus when school is in session
On-campus child care center and supervised study spaces
Many other perks and benefits
Menlo School is an Equal Opportunity Employer:
As an equal opportunity employer, Menlo values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.