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Elementary Environmental Science & Garden Teacher

La Scuola International School
San Francisco, California, US
Closing date
Aug 16, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Environmental Science and Garden Teacher reports to the K - 5 Division Director and leads and plans for garden and environmental science classes developing them within the IB PYP Curriculum framework and in line with the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The teacher also offers critical support to teachers and students to ensure that a school can maximize and grow the educational potential of the garden.

Essential Duties
• Facilitates joyful and meaningful garden and environmental science learning experiences
• Collaborates closely with classroom teachers/the IB PYP Coordinators to support classroom teaching and IB PYP units of inquiry in a range of curriculum areas (science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, etc.)
• Oversees and coordinates students' hands-on experiences in the garden (planting, tending, harvesting);
• Builds involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school community, including teachers, administrators, students, parents and community volunteers;
• Builds involvement in and commitment to the school garden outside of the school community;
• Develops teacher skills in outdoor classroom management techniques;
• Maintains the garden, coordinating volunteers and working to secure all needed supplies;
• Oversees the preschool Environmental Science & Garden Teacher and program

Schedule: The teacher is expected to be onsite for in-person instruction from 8:00AM to 4:00PM

Job Responsibilities:
• Teaches or facilitates classes on school campuses;
• Manages the school garden, plan and prepare for garden work activities, manage planting schedule, ensure availability of tools and other necessary materials;
• Plants and cares for vegetable garden and other planting areas with students or independently, as best and appropriate;
• Maintains composting system;
• Maintains irrigation system and be the point person for outside contractors;
• Attends school wide staff meetings/professional development days/open houses/roundtables;
• Coordinates garden events and parents work days to bring students, families, teachers and community
members together;
• Coordinates school-wide garden events as needed and works with Atelieristas on other specialist events
• Attends K-5 Collaborative planning meetings and planning meetings with teachers/IB Coordinators;
• Monitors, documents, and reports on all activities and extent of student learning;
• Prepares Garden and Environmental Science Newsletters.
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