Website San Francisco Schoolhouse

Lead Teacher

Are you inspired by the thought of building a new school in San Francisco?

Do you have the leadership skills to work with students who love to learn, and who have a high sense of social responsibility?

The San Francisco Schoolhouse is on the search for highly motivated, enthusiastic and collaborative teachers to join our new and growing school community.

The Schoolhouse is a new, independent, K-8 school located in the Richmond District of San Francisco. Our intentionally small size, experienced and passionate teachers, experiential curriculum, and active parent participation provide a unique opportunity for families seeking a community-minded progressive education that challenges and supports their child. Founded in 2011 by two teachers and two parents with two students, the Schoolhouse now enrolls 70 students.

Lead teachers at the Schoolhouse teach in mixed-grade classrooms. We have two Kindergarten/1st grade classrooms, two 2nd/3rd grade classrooms, and two classrooms with a combination of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders, depending on enrollment. As we grow, our middle school will be a 6th/7th/8th grade mixed-grade class.

Why we value progressive education

We believe children are naturally curious, creative and highly divergent in their thinking. Most education strips children of these natural talents. But when learning is truly inspired by joy, students develop a deeper commitment to their own education.

We believe progressive education allows students to dig deep into experiences and open-ended materials from many perspectives, and hones both their critical thinking skills and their abilities to learn, relate, and understand. Our goal is to provide a dynamic education that supports and develops a child’s natural love of learning, creativity and problem-solving through an authentic, relevant, hands-on curriculum that meets the needs of each child.

At the Schoolhouse, we view teachers as lead learners alongside a group of children. A successful Schoolhouse teacher views themselves not as givers of wisdom but as learners with more experience who have insights to share with fellow learners. We have found that adults who are comfortable serving as models, questioners, reflectors and encouragers (as well as instructors), and who love to collaborate, facilitate, guide, coach and mentor children as they learn and play, are best suited for teaching at the Schoolhouse.

Our lead teachers are responsible for:

  • Teaching in a multi-age classroom.
  • Team teaching with the other lead teacher of the equivalent multi-age group.
  • Co-constructing academic and social-emotional learning goals with each student, and supporting students as they show progress toward meeting those goals.
  • Adapting teaching methods, projects and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests.
  • Regularly using the amazing resources of our neighborhood and city to create educational experiences that are relevant and real.
  • Collaborating with other teachers and the Head of School in the development, evaluation, and revision of the school’s new and developing curriculum.
  • Communicating with parents through a variety of means including weekly email or social media updates, meetings to discuss children’s individual progress, and by hosting regular student-led celebrations of learning.
  • Participating in daily teacher team meetings, weekly faculty meetings, and occasional evening meetings and presentations.

Our lead teachers:

  • Are lifelong learners who are passionate and articulate about progressive education.
  • Are open to change and eager take initiative to try new things; they are adaptable, creative and flexible.
  • Model strong team teaching and collaboration skills with colleagues.
  • Have a sense of humor and warmth, and they love working with children and their families; they connect easily with students, teachers and parents.
  • Have the work ethic to actively participate in helping to build a new school.
  • Bring a clear understanding of child development and elementary education.
  • Have previous teaching experience in a multi-age elementary classroom.
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree; a teaching credential and/or master’s degree is preferred.

Interested in teaching at the Schoolhouse? Email a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for 3 references to

The San Francisco Schoolhouse is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, transgender status, military or veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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