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Career Center
February 11, 2020

Upper School Art Teacher

St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Ridgeland MS United States
Co-ed Day School, Pre-K3 through 12th grade, 1100 students
Position Starts: August 2, 2020
Application Deadline: February 25, 2020

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland, MS seeks a dynamic, innovative, and creative educator to help us as we fulfill Our Vision for the Future:

“In 2021 St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a beacon of educational innovation, inclusivity, and wellness, empowering generations of Saints to impact the world.”

The Upper School Art teacher will be responsible for fostering a dynamic and creative learning environment that engages students in the art and art history curriculum and concepts through student-centered, differentiated learning.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing engaging, age appropriate lessons that reflect extensive knowledge of the curriculum and student development and abilities.

  • Utilizing a variety of teaching methods to meet the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles.

  • Developing student interest and appreciation for creative expression.

  • Developing the individual talents of students in the visual arts, including drawing, design, sculpture & ceramics, and art history.

  • Planning and presenting art displays to exhibit students’ work.

  • Instructing students in the proper care and use of tools and equipment.

  • Organizing, maintaining inventory, and monitoring the use of  materials, tools, and equipment.  

  • Ordering materials, tools, and equipment as needed upon approval.

  • Demonstrating strong classroom management.

  • Meeting deadlines for reporting grades.

  • Monitoring students’ progress, strengths, and weaknesses, and communicating these when necessary to parents/guardians and administrators.

  • Preparing substantive parent-teacher conference reports and written documentation on student progress.

  • Collaborating with colleagues across the upper school as well as the arts department.

  • Serving as the National Art Honor Society advisor.

  • Facilitating student participation in local, regional, and national art competitions and activities.

  • Working with the performing arts program in the creation of stage sets and other needs.

  • Arranging a variety of local and regional field trips to art museums, artist studios, etc., as appropriate.

  • Facilitating the work of the student art editors of the Upper School Literary Magazine, North Pasture.

  • Serving as an advisor to a group of upper school students.

  • Attending and contributing to full, divisional, departmental, and team faculty meetings.

  • Taking an active role in professional activities and attending relevant professional meetings and conferences, particularly the NAEA and MAEA.

  • Staying abreast of the latest advances in art, art history, and art education.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborator, innovator, and facilitator as well as possess the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in art, art education, or related field

  • A minimum of three-five years of teaching experience in an independent school with a proven track record of instruction in student-centered learning and other innovative educational practices

  • Extensive knowledge of upper school art and pedagogy

  • Ability to demonstrate and apply elements of design and principles of art

  • Practical knowledge across a variety of artistic mediums, techniques, and genres of arts.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain effective, professional relationships with students, faculty, administrators, and parents/guardians

  • Strong classroom management

About St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a vibrant community dedicated to living out our mission of nurturing a diverse community in the Episcopal tradition, fostering spiritual growth, moral responsibility, academic excellence, and artistic and athletic pursuits, while preparing for a life of service to our community and the world.  We are an independent, coeducational, preparatory day school serving nearly 1100 students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. St. Andrew’s is a close-knit community of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and families of many faiths, cultures, and races and economic backgrounds. Founded in 1947, the school occupies two campuses in the Jackson, MS metro area. The South Campus houses the Lower School (pre-kindergarten through grade 4) in Jackson, and the North Campus houses the Middle School (grades 5 through 8) and Upper School (grades 9 through 12) in Ridgeland.

To apply, visit gosaints.org/employment.

Contact Information

Cassie Mendrop, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources