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Founded in 1995, The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences is southwest Washington’s only independent, progressive school serving students from preschool through 8th grade. Inspired by Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, our community of teachers and learners honors many ways of learning, thinking, and expressing. We hold in high regard the natural inquisitiveness of children. Using a deeply integrated thematic approach, teachers work collaboratively to stimulate our students’ natural curiosity and creativity. At Gardner, we believe in creating avid learners and engaged global citizens.

Our whole-child, student-centered philosophy integrates homeroom studies in mathematics, language arts, social studies, and outdoor learning. Students also work with specialist teachers in science, music, art, physical education, and Spanish. Our small class sizes promote individualized instruction while our beautiful campus–located just 30-minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon–allows teachers to use all facets of the environment to stimulate learning. Our highly trained and experienced faculty know that relationships between students and teachers are the key to learning. Gardner teachers care deeply about children and inspire them to think broadly and critically. Teachers regularly participate in the life of our school community, working together with students and their families to support learning and build relationships.


POSITION TITLE: Tahoma Classroom Teacher

SCHOOL YEAR: 2018-2019

REPORTS TO: Head of School

FTE: 1.0 FTE



The Gardner School is seeking a dynamic, experienced, and highly skilled classroom teacher to join our community as the school’s next Tahoma teacher. This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with school leadership and faculty to grow The Gardner School’s middle school program and advance the school’s impact in the SW Washington and Portland metro area. We are seeking a compelling classroom teacher who is committed to progressive education, inspired to innovate, and poised to add value to our outstanding school.

The Tahoma Classroom is a combined 7th/8th grade learning environment where students develop the knowledge, skills, creativity, work habits, and social maturity to succeed in high school and live an inspired life. Small class size and cooperative relationships with families foster a highly personalized learning environment that guides adolescents to find their own voices and become secure in themselves. Tahoma is the culminating experience for Gardner students; Tahomans are school leaders and model values and attributes to which younger students aspire. Tahomans leave Gardner independent, confident, and able to manage their own learning.

In addition to the qualifications listed below, the ideal Tahoma candidate uses progressive educational strategies effectively to inspire and engage students. These strategies include inquiry-based, project-based, and place-based learning, as well as interdisciplinary and experiential learning. The ideal Tahoma teacher is able to differentiate and individualize instruction in ways that maximize student engagement and achievement. Confidence using multiple intelligence concepts and vocabulary is preferred. The Tahoma teacher can expertly guide students through long-range thematic learning experiences and culminating projects and presentations. Strong organizational and planning skills are essential as the Tahoma teacher is responsible for planning graduation, coordinating 8th grade projects, supporting high school applications, and arranging out-of-state overnights.


  • Teach classes as assigned, providing effective and professional classroom instruction, assessment, and management
  • Design and implement curriculum and instruction consistent with The Gardner School’s mission, values, and pedagogy
  • Collaborate with colleagues on curriculum development and on enhancing instructional practices and strategies
  • Assist with recess and lunch supervision of students
  • Establish effective communications and relationships with students and parents
  • Help to maintain school policies, regulations, and expectations
  • Develop and maintain professional, collaborative, and collegial relationships with faculty and staff, as well as with community partners to the benefit of students and our program
  • Support the work of the Head of School and administrative/leadership team
  • Exhibit a growth mindset about teaching practices and work toward professional goals and development
  • Participate in non-classroom activities, including community events, curriculum nights, field trips, and student trips
  • Provide effective supervision of students to promote a safe and healthy environment and school experience
  • Timely and professional completion of required reports and forms
  • Represent the school at community or public events
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as assigned in support of our school community


  • Earned Bachelor’s Degree or higher in education or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education; advanced degree in education or related field preferred
  • Demonstrated success teaching a broad spectrum of classes—writing and literacy, social studies, math and science–in upper elementary or middle school classrooms; teaching in whole-classroom and blended grade levels preferred
  • Demonstrated success working effectively with and motivating adolescent learners
  • Demonstrated success in curriculum development
  • Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills; ability to effectively communicate and work as a team with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students
  • Proficiency with computers (including Chromebooks), Google Drive, and word processing, database, SMART boards, and other classroom technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to create a positive learning environment and interact effectively with people from different cultures and experiences
  • An awareness about how diversity and learning differences can expand teaching practices and enhance student success

Interested candidates can find instructions for applying for this position on the Gardner Careers page on our website.


Faculty members are at all times responsible for the supervision of students in their care during classes and for students generally at all times when on campus or off campus during school activities.


This is a 10-month faculty position that follows an academic year. There are some required commitments outside of regular school hours, including evening and weekend commitments. Teachers are expected to travel with students on various experiential activities throughout the year, including trips out-of-state.  


Physical requirements are consistent with light physical duties required of teachers generally combined with more strenuous physical duties consistent with place-based experiential learning and student trips off campus.

It is the policy of The Gardner School to maintain a working environment free of all forms of unlawful discrimination. The Gardner School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, religion and national or ethnic origin, age, or disability in the administration of educational policies, employment practices or any other school-administered policies or practices.


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