Are you an experienced, imaginative, and collaborative educator who believes in progressive education? Do you enjoy creating meaningful learning experiences, and being part of a supportive and talented community? If so, please consider joining our team at Tessellations. We are currently accepting applications for several full-time positions in grades K-8. Successful applicants start Fall 2021. Competitive salary and full benefits available.
Tessellations is a blossoming progressive 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 team consists of passionate, qualified and dedicated staff from diverse backgrounds and includes a nationally renowned gifted expert. After an extremely successful launch and first year, we are gearing up to enter our second year with an expanded team of teachers.
If you join our team you will help us grow our program, take the student learning outdoors, and continue designing and delivering a rich, immersive learning experience. 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.
Create and foster a safe and supportive learning environment where all students are heard, respected, and engaged.
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 students’ intellectual, physical, and social-emotional needs
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/middle school (or related) teaching experience
Passing a criminal background check upon hire
Proficiency with technology (GSuite in particular)
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Teaching gifted learners
Inquiry-based learning pedagogy
Connection to nature
Enthusiastic life-long learner
Openness and flexibility in designing improved learning experiences
Tessellations, an independent, progressive school tailored for gifted students, was created in 2020 by a group of like-minded parents and educators dedicated to serving the needs of the whole child.
Anne Beneventi, a nationally recognized gifted specialist and visionary educator, leads Tessellations with the heartfelt, enthusiastic support of the entire staff and parent community. All our talented, dedicated staff specialize in and have deep experience educating gifted children.
Our staff built Tessellations’ curriculum from the ground up, optimizing it for gifted distance learning this fall. Our outstanding teachers are doing a tremendous job of keeping their classes engaged, strongly facilitated by our intentionally low student-teacher ratio of less than 6:1. We look forward to meeting in person when the pandemic allows, starting in small groups outdoors in the second semester if we deem it to be safe. In the fall of 2021, we will expand to include grades K-8 and will begin classes in our new campus in Cupertino, CA.