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Social and Emotional Learning Teacher

We are seeking an enthusiastic and creative individual who loves children and values the unique contributions of each child in our school community. At Sonoma Country Day School, we create the environment to teach and model integrity in personal behavior, tolerance and respect in interpersonal relations, engagement in learning, and the pursuit of each child’s capacity for excellence. We are committed to providing students with a challenging and exciting academic program, opportunities to develop their artistic and creative natures, ideals to open their potential for leadership, and self-confidence to express their uniqueness.

Social and Emotional Learning is one of our core tenets, and the instructional methodology by which we instill our guiding principles of Integrity and Relationship into our program. We are seeking an individual who can teach both in the classroom as well as respond to situations that may arise outside of the classroom. The SEL teacher will work with students and teachers developing and teaching SEL skills and techniques including self-awareness, managing emotions, social awareness, relationship management, mindfulness training, human sexuality and personal development, drug and alcohol education, goal setting, and good decision making skills, as well as building strong, positive relationships with and among students. The SEL teacher will also work outside of the classroom with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to support student growth and success by listening to and coaching students, and helping students in the areas of conflict resolution and resiliency. The SEL teacher will help facilitate discussions with students, teachers, and parents when necessary and will provide parent education, including parent education events around the topics taught through our SEL program.

SCDS has a thriving, well established SEL program and is looking for someone who will continue to develop and implement a dynamic curriculum that meets the varied needs of our student population through multiple learning modalities. The applicant should have a strong background in current best practices relating to social and emotional learning and be able to apply these to her/his teaching. Strong communication skills with parents and students and the ability to collaborate with other members of the faculty are a must. Creating a warm, engaging classroom environment in combination with an academically demanding curriculum are vitally important parts of our program.

Applicants should have 3-5 years teaching experience with elementary and middle school students, preferably at a private independent school; hold a B.A./B.S. degree with significant coursework in counseling, psychology, or social and emotional learning. An advanced degree in education is highly preferable, Strong interpersonal skills, a good sense of humor, and flexibility are essential.

This individual will be committed to the education of all students; share our school vision of high standards of learning; cultivate and promote a safe, caring and supportive learning environment; treat people fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect; recognize and value cultural differences; set high professional standards for self; utilize ethical principles and decision-making; communicate well both orally and in writing; demonstrate leadership; demonstrate strong organizational skills; work well with others; accept constructive feedback; solve problems creatively; be able to handle stress; be open to new ideas and change; embrace learning as a lifelong process with a commitment to ongoing professional development.

This position does include benefits. Hours are minimally 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a weekly faculty meeting until 4:30, although team planning meetings may require additional time. Occasional evening and weekend commitments are required throughout the school year, as well.

Sonoma Country Day School is an independent, coed, prep school for kindergarten through eighth grade. Located in California’s wine country, we draw students from Sonoma and Napa Counties and send graduates to top national and local public and private schools. SCDS is the only independent elementary school of its kind in Sonoma County. Visit our school’s website to learn more at

Sonoma Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer and opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or handicap.

Please do not call the school. Complete and send an application and your resume to Cindy Rodenbaugh at (

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