• Part Time
  • Temporary
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • This position has been filled

Website Sonoma Academy

Sonoma Academy is seeking an experienced culinary arts teacher to plan and teach introductory cooking courses to high school students through our Exploratory program. Exploratory courses occur once a week for 65 minutes on either Tuesday or Friday throughout the school year. We are looking for a teacher to lead up to five sections per semester on Friday from 8:30 to 3:30. Courses begin August 29, 2023. The adjunct teacher will be required to complete our onboarding process prior to instruction.

Overview of School: 

Sonoma Academy is an independent high school located in Santa Rosa, CA on a 34-acre campus, surrounded by 1,000 acres of protected open space, at the base of Taylor Mountain. Founded in 2001, it provides an engaging, challenging, and innovative college preparatory education and a supportive community for motivated learners from Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino counties. The school currently serves 330 students in grades 9 through 12 and is increasing its enrollment each year. Of our 330 students, 31% self-identify as students of color and 6% of our students are international students. Our students come from 80+ middle schools, ensuring a broad mixture of students from all over the greater North Bay Area.

Our Mission:  Sonoma Academy calls its students to be creative, ethical, and committed to learning. The school nurtures inspiring teachers and engages with the surrounding community, and its students communicate across cultures as they prepare to become leaders in a dynamic world.

Sonoma Academy’s Commitment to Diversity: We believe that learning occurs best in a connected community. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential to an education in which all members of our community thrive. We are committed to cultivating a diverse community that is conscious and welcoming of difference, dedicated to investigating and advancing equity, and engages with our local and global community. If you would like to join us in our work, we would welcome your application. As we are deeply committed to having a staffulty (staff and faculty) and student body which reflects the rich diversity within the North Bay, we strongly encourage candidates from BIPOC and/or educators from communities that are historically underrepresented to apply.

For more information on programs and philosophy, please visit our website: www.sonomaacademy.org.

Position Overview: 

Each semester, students at Sonoma Academy take two Exploratory courses, the purpose of which is to allow them to try new things, discover interests and talents, and have fun in a stress-free non-graded environment. These courses are about showing up, trying something new, taking a risk, discovering a passion, or learning a new skill.

Exploratory courses are taught by faculty, staff and adjunct teachers. Teachers are required to prepare curriculum, take attendance, provide instruction, and manage classrooms. Teachers who teach in the Teaching Kitchen are also required to share supply lists with administration in a timely manner, follow all kitchen safety protocols, oversee the clean-up process, and work collaboratively with school administration to create and maintain a clean, sanitary and safe learning environment.

The Adjunct Teaching Kitchen Teacher would teach up to five sections of the same course throughout Friday, 8:30 – 3:30.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Design curriculum and lesson plans for an introductory cooking class meeting for 65 minutes weekly for about 14 weeks.
  • Deliver instruction on cooking skills, food preparation and kitchen cleanliness to up to 5 sections of students per semester.
  • Take attendance promptly.
  • Maintain a clean and safe environment.
  • Manage the classroom effectively to encourage student participation, minimize distractions and maintain a positive learning environment.
  • Provide supply lists to school administration to ensure timely acquisition of ingredients.
  • Collaborate with administration to create and maintain systems for a clean, sanitary, shared Teaching Kitchen environment.

Required Skills and Experiences:

  • Experience developing and delivering curriculum developing cooking skills in teenagers.
  • Experience creating and following systems to establish and maintain a sanitary teaching kitchen environment.
  • Passionate about teaching high school students
  • Excited to develop and refine a program that is student-centered, highly engaging and supports development of participants of all levels
  • Thinks creatively about pedagogy and exhibits commitment to continued professional growth in those areas
  • Committed to working in a community of diverse students and learners; actively supports adolescent growth and well-being
  • Practices cultural competency in all aspects of school life
  • Flexibility, resilience, good humor

Compensation and Benefits:

The base salary for this position for the 2023-2024 academic year is $50.00 per hour for a maximum of 8 hours per week including instruction and preparation time.
A list of benefits available to adjunct employees is available through the Employee handbook. Eligibility for benefits is dependent on an employee’s level of employment, i.e. part-time or full-time status.

Work Environment:

This position operates in a professional, school environment at a private, independent high school.
This is a part-time adjunct position.

Sonoma Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Sonoma Academy does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.