Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

Lower School Teacher - Tessellations

  • 7 Feb 2021 6:56 AM
    Message # 10067335

    Are you an experienced educator who is looking for an extremely rewarding experience? We are a blossoming school of passionate, qualified staff, and we are hiring! After an extremely successful launch and first year, we are excitedly gearing up for our second. If you join our team, you will be heard, respected, and celebrated for your talents and efforts. You will work with students who love to learn, engaged parents who are grateful for your work, and supportive colleagues that will help bring out your best.

    Tessellations is an independent, K-8 non-profit school for gifted learners based in Cupertino, CA. Our mission is to provide challenging experiential education that recognizes and nurtures the individual strengths of gifted learners, empowering them to confidently express who they are and pursue a meaningful life. At Tessellations, community is a core value, as it is the reason our small and mighty school was able to form and thrive despite the global pandemic. Our current staff is composed of dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds and includes a nationally renowned gifted expert. We are excited to enter our second year with an expanded team of teachers who will help us grow our program and continue designing and delivering a rich, immersive learning experience with an emphasis on connecting students with nature and the outdoors.

    If you are a curious and collaborative educator who believes in experiential education, are open to creating an alternative learning experience, and enjoy being part of an amazing community, please consider joining our team at Tessellations. We are currently accepting applications for several full-time positions in grades K-5. Salary begins at $70k per year, commensurate with experience. Full benefits available.

    Primary Responsibilities
    -Create and foster a safe and supportive learning environment where all students feel heard
    -With the support of administration, develop thematic curriculum and related content that integrates English Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, and Science
    -Use provided curriculum to inform planning of Math instruction
    -Implement lessons, activities, and instruction while adapting to the intellectual, physical, and social-emotional needs of students as they arise
    -Maintain organizational systems in physical and digital space
    -Regularly use and maintain documentation of multiple forms of assessment to gauge student learning and inform next steps in teaching
    -Work collaboratively with a co-teacher and/or other staff members to develop the program
    -Attend staff meetings and actively engage with professional development opportunities
    -Plan and help organize immersion events, fieldwork, guest speakers, and overnight trips
    -Prepare progress reports and report cards
    -Attend parent-teacher meetings as scheduled and as needed to support student learning

    -Prior elementary school (or related) teaching experience
    -Passing a criminal background check upon hire
    -Proficiency with technology (GSuite in particular)

    Bonus Points
    -Strong verbal and written communication skills
    -Social-emotional teaching experience
    -Curriculum development experience
    -Experience teaching gifted learners
    -Connection to nature
    -Enthusiastic life-long learner
    -Openness and flexibility in designing improved learning experiences

    To Apply
    Please submit a cover letter and resume to For more information about our school, visit

    Tessellations is an Equal Opportunity Employer — we do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, or sex.


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