Lower and Middle School Visual Arts Teacher

Georgetown Day School opened its doors in 1945 as the first integrated school in a segregated city. Governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the parent body and administered by an appointed Head of School, it was founded by seven families who wanted to create a school committed not only to academic excellence and educational innovation but also to a value system emphasizing appreciation and respect for others. Believing that diversity was the ground out of which all deep and rich learning occurs, they established a school where all children would be welcome, celebrated, and challenged to be their best selves.
Today, the School's philosophy, programs, and position in the national educational landscape strongly reflect its roots. Having grown from 12 children in 1945 to 1075 students in PK-12 today, GDS is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s and the nation’s most dynamic educational institutions.

Georgetown Day School, an independent day school in Washington, D.C., and committed to social justice and excellence in teaching  is seeking a culturally competent, experienced Visual Arts teacher for the 2021-2022 school year to teach a full range of courses across the Lower/Middle School. Designed to develop the student’s ability to approach creative experiences with self-confidence, the Lower/Middle School visual arts program presents concepts to make students more sensitive to the aesthetic qualities of their environment and to provide a rich source of experience upon which they can draw. Students work with paints, a wide range of drawing materials, found objects, clay, papier-mâché, and printmaking materials. Rich content, creative pedagogy and authentic relationships are essential components of a GDS classroom. The ability to provide those elements, work collaboratively with colleagues, and place children’s interests and experiences at the heart of the classroom are essential components of teaching at GDS. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting with a desire to engage in anti-racist and  mission-driven education with student artists. 


Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining an instructional environment that balances providing formal instruction and giving students opportunities for free, creative expression
  • Introducing students to a broad assortment of media and techniques


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and background:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in the visual arts or a related field is required; an MFA or MA in Education, as well as lower and middle school teaching experience, are preferred,
  • Minimal three years experience teaching art focused in a consistent approach to working in the studio, including the proper use of materials and instruction in specific techniques, ensures that all students gain a common frame of reference. 
  • Experience and knowledge in clay sculpture and ceramics ideal 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills,
  • Working knowledge on how to use National Core Standards for the Arts to guide lesson planning and assessment,
  • Authentic willingness to collaborate with colleagues,
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching through an equity and inclusion


Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references using our online application system. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org. 

How to Apply

Coronavirus Safety

  • Screenings the night before and morning of being on-campus
  • Required face coverings
  • 6 feet physical distancing
  • PPE freely available including 
    • Cloth mask
    • Surgical mask
    • Face shield
    • Goggles
    • Stylus (for touching shared screens such as copiers or time clocks)
  • Classrooms and shared offices spaces equipped with sanitizer dispensers, microfiber cloths, and cleaning spray bottle
  • Signs throughout the building, including posters for every classroom with health and safety reminders
  • Additional HEPA filtration devices in all classrooms and shared office spaces
  • Required GDS-specific health and safety video training 
  • Ongoing COVID-19 testing for staff and students

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Non-Discrimination Policy

Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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