Employment Opportunities

Position: Elementary Teacher 2018-2019

Program: 4th, 5th, 6th grades

Reports to: Director

Date: June 2018

Position Summary

We are looking for energetic and innovative teachers for a small, unique alternative school that: a) is based upon holistic and experiential education principles, b) utilizes the natural world as a teacher and guide to living, and c) emphasizes peace education. Classes are small (16 students in each), and class is staffed by a full-time instructional aide and credentialed teacher. We are seeking a credentialed teacher for our intermediate class (4th – 6th grade).

At the school, teachers work collaboratively to design and teach an integrated curriculum utilizing theme-, project- and/or problem-based approaches. Integration includes the arts, and state standards are simply used as a guide, so teachers are free to create powerful learning opportunities tailored to our place and time and the interests of the children.

The school is located in a rural setting on 5 acres with mature trees and a creek that forms one edge. The creek is a key student resource for exploration, inspiration and learning, and other school resources include a pottery studio with a kiln and a potter’s wheel, a weaving studio with looms, tripods and other materials for painting or block printing, and a number of musical instruments.

The work week is Monday through Thursday, with school in session from 9-2:30, and teacher hours from 8:30-3:30. Each teacher prepares independent study work that is given to the students at the end of each week, which reinforces or extends learning opportunities from the week or leads into new topics for the next week. We do not give standardized tests or grades; evaluation of student learning is done through observation and their products. Length of work year is 10 months, and the employment is full time.  Salary range is $40,000 and up depending on experience for a 4-day work week (not a 5-day work week position).

Credential Requirements:

      • California clear teaching credential or its equivalent.

Required Documents:

    • Letter of Introduction (describe your interest in the position and your qualifications that make you a good fit for the school)
    • Résumé (list experience pertinent to the position you are seeking)
    • Teaching Philosophy Statement (no more than 600 words)
    • Letters of Reference (provide two that speak to your qualifications for the position)


Santa Lucia School is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, three references, and salary requirements to Shirley Magnusson at shirley@santaluciaschool.org or call (805) 550-3218.