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Middle School Dance Teacher FT Leave Coverage/Co-Teaching January – June 2021 & Fall 2021

  • 05 Jan 2021 2:23 PM
    Message # 9701617

    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 advisors for a group of 10-11 students. There are at least two class periods for preparation in a rotating block schedule. Teachers meet regularly with both grade-level teams and the middle school Creative Arts department 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. 

     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 his or her own professional growth and reflection

    • Model high ethical and moral standards

    January-May Assistant teaching role:

    • Co-teach classes with the current dance teacher

    • Work in-person technology (zoom, in person technologies, camera, ect)

    • Demonstrate movements for in person students

    • Ensure students stay safe distances apart, cleanup after class, and setup before class

    May-Fall 2021: Maternity substitute:

    • Take over full time teaching responsibilities and teaching the following classes:

      • Intro to Dance Class – 6th grade

      • Dance And Performance – 7th& 8th grades

      • Dance And Style – 7th& 8th grades

      • 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

    Working Environment and Physical Demands:

    • The job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment, but there may be possible exposure to childhood diseases and illnesses

    • Exposure to heated/air conditioned and ventilated facilities with average interior dust with occasional exposure to outdoor elements

    • Exposure to a normal school environment that is usually quiet but sometimes noisy

    • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a school
      employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions. Reasonable
      accommodation may be requested to enable individuals to perform the essential responsibilities
      of the job:

      • Ability to dance with the students and demonstrate movements and steps, and stretch with students

      • Ability to create new choreographic works for multi age and leveled students

      • Understand body mechanics and safe stretching techniques

      • Able to use computers and other tools

      • Ability to think and concentrate for sustained periods of time

      • In-person attendance necessary to provide an effective level of performance during regular school hours

    We offer:

    ·   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


    Interested candidates please apply by going to: 



    Menlo School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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