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Position Overview 
Woodland School seeks an inspiring Middle School Humanities teacher who develops students’ passions and curiosities, and helps them think deeply about the world through various lenses of history, literature, and media. We want our students to find their voices and express their ideas confidently through the spoken and written word. The position requires maintaining a full teaching load, serving as an advisor to a small cohort of students, leading the Capstone program, and active support of various student-life activities.

Overview of the Department
The Middle School humanities program blends the conceptual learning of history, English and current events with core literacy skills. The team challenges students to actively take the role of historian and author. The Humanities department consists of four teachers in grades 5-8 collaborating within and across disciplines to build a passion for reading, writing, and speaking. These skills are developed through activities that challenge students and inspire them to explore across genres. Woodland School’s teachers are facilitators of student-centered learning. They accomplish this by engaging learners in authentic lessons that connect them through real-world situations.  Teachers are encouraged to immerse students in critical thinking, collaborative learning experiences, and evidence-based explanations. Woodland teachers are committed to creating inclusive classrooms where all perspectives are heard and valued.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
We seek a dynamic educator who inspires students and works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues in various curricular areas and divisions. The ideal candidate will be passionate about teaching, have a love for the Humanities, and possess  a solid understanding of the academic, social, and emotional needs of adolescents

  • A minimum of two years teaching experience, preferably at the middle-school level.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, History or related field.  Advanced degree preferred but not required.
  • Teaching credential preferred but not required.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with all constituents.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Knowledge of a variety of pedagogical approaches and instructional strategies.
  • An understanding of both formative and summative assessments to guide instruction.
  • Experience integrating themes related to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the curriculum.
  • Commitment to differentiated learning in order to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.
  • A deep understanding of the writing process.
  • A thorough understanding of current technologies and tools for teaching and learning.
  • Invests in the life of the school by participating in the advisory program, social and emotional learning, weekly department meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings, outdoor education, and any and all aspects that support the student experience.
  • Demonstrated professional behavior, including discretion, judgment and integrity.
  • Effectively interacts with a diverse population of students and faculty.
  • All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check, LiveScan fingerprinting and TB screening.

Overview of Woodland School 
Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a joyful approach to learning in a diverse, respectful, and inclusive environment for approximately 300 students in early childhood through eighth grade. There are two sections of each grade level K-8 with class sizes that average between 14-18 students.

Woodland School specializes in education that inspires students by nurturing each individual’s voice, intellect, and character. With rich content and an emphasis on inquiry-based and student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners. Our students’ innate sense of wonder is the foundation of learning at Woodland School. Teachers craft meaningful, multi-sensory learning experiences that enable creativity, ingenuity, and deep interdisciplinary connections. Students explore and develop complex understandings that engender a sense of self and purpose in the world.

Woodland School’s faculty create a school environment that is as supportive and nurturing as it is challenging, and they embody the core values of the school—respect, integrity, curiosity, resilience, equity, and stewardship. Our teachers are themselves learners, constantly searching for ways to improve their practice. A robust professional development program supports our faculty by connecting them to the best practices in pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, and student assessment.

Physical Demands and Work Environment 
The position can be physically demanding. Reasonable accommodations may be made if requested in advance.

Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for a minimum of three references.

Salary Range
$67,500 ‒ $99,000 Annually


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Woodland School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs. Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.

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