Careers

Founded in 1923, Garden School is a small, lower tuition NYC Nursery through 12th grade independent school in one of the most diverse neighborhoods on the planet, Jackson Heights, Queens. Garden School approaches its centennial with the same enthusiasm as always, to educate the whole person across a broad curriculum, preparing them to be caring, engaged citizens for the world ahead. We believe it is a school’s job to spark, acknowledge, and promote the passions and interests of children, and look for faculty and staff who embody these goals. The Garden experience is built upon a professional and caring relationship among teachers, students, families, and administrators and a firm commitment to understand, interpret and present each child as an individual. While Garden School is the most global of all NYC schools with students and families from across the world, we are a small school with a very tight community.

Garden School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, ethnicity, age, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation in its hiring and promotion of administrators, faculty and staff, and in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Job Postings

Starting Fall 2022

Garden School is excited to announce the opening of a Lower Division Math teaching position for the fall of 2022. The position is focused on Math in grades 4 – 6. Therefore, experience and expertise working with this age group as well as comfort with a range of introductory and advanced elementary math topics is desired.

Garden School is an innovative and collaborative environment where teachers have smaller than usual rosters so they may focus on the interests and needs of bright and sophisticated individuals all of whom are college bound. Faculty at Garden enjoy a great deal of autonomy in the material they cover in tandem with well-developed support structures to employ best practices in their discipline.

In the Lower Division’s 4th – 6th Cluster, classes become departmentalized which is relatively unique to Garden School. This means beginning in Grade 4, students travel among a team of teachers who specialize in each discipline. The Math teacher therefore has the benefit of working with students across multiple years, spiraling deeper into concepts, and building meaningful relationships with students and families.

Even for a smaller school, each grade cluster (Early Childhood, 1-3, 4-6) in the Lower Division is supported by a Dean. Additionally, Lower Division Math teachers are also nested in the Math team for all school collaboration and professional development, and benefit from the guidance and mentorship of that Department Chair.

Students in the Lower Division’s 4th – 6th Cluster have a wide array of opportunities, so each faculty member has the benefit of working and collaborating with an extensive team of specialists. Students in this Cluster have the benefit of classes in French, Mandarin, Chess, Science, Math, Reading, Language Arts, Physical Education, Technology, Piano and Guitar, and Fine Arts along with access to sports and debate teams as well as after school dance, theater, and stage performance programs.

Garden’s recently adopted new strategic plan also means that there is ample room for growth as we expand programs in Robotics, Engineering, Coding, the Arts, and Athletics. We also aspire to enhance the interdisciplinary and interdepartmental learning opportunities. This is an exciting time to join Garden School to be at the ground level of building new and innovative programs that cross disciplines and challenge the notion of how students engage with learning.

An ideal candidate will have experience teaching Math to students in the elementary or middle grades, a passion for supporting and inspiring young learners, a desire to explore and connect across disciplines, and a commitment for addressing the individual child in their instruction through novel and innovative experiences in the classroom.

If you enjoy working with an innovative team, employing best-practice in the classroom, helping bright students achieve their potential, and seeing every child as an individual, then please forward your cover letter and resume to our Director of Finance, Mary Maisano at mmaisano@gardenschool.org.

Starting Fall 2022

Garden School is excited to announce the opening of a Lower Division Language Arts teaching position for the fall of 2022. The position is focused on Reading, Writing, and Literature in grades 4 – 6. Therefore, experience and expertise working with this age group as well as comfort with a range of texts and topics is desired.

Garden School is an innovative and collaborative environment where teachers have smaller than usual rosters so they may focus on the interests and needs of bright and sophisticated individuals all of whom are college bound. Faculty at Garden enjoy a great deal of autonomy in the material they cover in tandem with well-developed support structures to employ best practices in their discipline.

In the Lower Division’s 4th – 6th Cluster, classes become departmentalized which is relatively unique to Garden School. This means beginning in Grade 4, students travel among a team of teachers who specialize in each discipline. The Language Arts teacher therefore has the benefit of working with students across multiple years, spiraling deeper into concepts, and building meaningful relationships with students and families.

Even for a smaller school, each grade cluster (Early Childhood, 1-3, 4-6) in the Lower Division is supported by a Dean. Additionally, Lower Division language arts teachers are also nested in the Humanities team for all school collaboration and professional development, and benefit from the guidance and mentorship of that Department Chair.

Students in the Lower Division’s 4th – 6th Cluster have a wide array of opportunities, so each faculty member has the benefit of working and collaborating with an extensive team of specialists. Students in this Cluster have the benefit of classes in French, Mandarin, Chess, Science, Math, Reading, Language Arts, Physical Education, Technology, Piano and Guitar, and Fine Arts along with access to sports and debate teams as well as after school dance, theater, and stage performance programs.

Garden’s recently adopted new strategic plan also means that there is ample room for growth as we expand programs in the Humanities, the Arts, Robotics, Engineering, and Athletics. We also aspire to enhance the interdisciplinary and interdepartmental learning opportunities. This is an exciting time to join Garden School to be at the ground level of building new and innovative programs that cross disciplines and challenge the notion of how students engage with learning.

An ideal candidate will have experience teaching Language Arts to students in the elementary or middle grades, a passion for supporting and inspiring young learners, a desire to explore and connect across disciplines, and a commitment for addressing the individual child in their instruction through novel and innovative experiences in the classroom.

If you enjoy working with an innovative team, employing best-practice in the classroom, helping bright students achieve their potential, and seeing every child as an individual, then please forward your cover letter and resume to our Director of Finance, Mary Maisano at mmaisano@gardenschool.org.

Starting Fall 2022

Garden School is excited to announce the opening of an Upper Division Math position for the fall of 2022. The position is focused on higher level courses taught in grade 9 – 12. Therefore, experience and expertise working with this age group as well as comfort with a range of introductory and advanced topics is desired.

Garden School is an innovative and collaborative environment where teachers have smaller than usual rosters so they may focus on the interests and needs of bright and sophisticated individuals all of whom are college bound. Teaching faculty at Garden enjoy a great deal of autonomy in the material they cover in tandem with well-developed support structures to employ best practices in their discipline. Even for a smaller school, every department is supported by a Chair who provides mentorship, guidance, and training for new staff.

In the Upper Division, the Math and Science Teams are housed under one umbrella to enhance the quality of collaboration though each have individual department chairs. The broader Math and Science Department consists of seven faculty who focus on small group instruction with courses that track up to AP Calculus, through AP Bio and Advanced Physics. Garden School’s philosophy is such that the value of Math and Science is recognized across our entire program with a spiraling Math curriculum building to Algebra I in 8th grade and formal lab Science classes beginning as early as first grade.

Garden’s recently adopted new strategic plan also means that there is ample room for growth as we expand its Robotics, Engineering, and Coding programs along with all STEM, STEAM, and Maker coursework and facilities. This is a very exciting time to join Garden School to be at the ground level of building new and innovative programs that cross disciplines and challenge the notion of how students engage with learning.

An ideal candidate will have experience teaching Math to students who range in age, a passion for STEM, a desire to explore and connect Math across disciplines, and a commitment for addressing the individual child in their instruction through novel and innovative experiences in the classroom.

If you enjoy working with an innovative team, employing best-practice in the classroom, helping bright students achieve their potential, and seeing every child as an individual, then please forward your cover letter and resume to our Director of Finance, Mary Maisano at mmaisano@gardenschool.org

Lower and Middle Grades
Starting September 2022

Garden School is excited to announce the opening of a World Language position for the fall of 2022. The position is focused on beginner level courses taught in grades 1 – 8. Therefore, experience and expertise working with this age group as well as comfort with a range of introductory and advanced topics is desired.

Garden School is an innovative and collaborative environment where teachers have smaller than usual rosters so they may focus on the interests and needs of bright and sophisticated individuals all of whom are college bound. Teaching faculty at Garden enjoy a great deal of autonomy in the material they cover in tandem with well-developed support structures to employ best practices in their discipline. Even for a smaller school, every department is supported by a Chair who provides mentorship, guidance, and training for new staff.

The World Language Team consists of three other faculty members who focus on small group instruction with courses that include Mandarin from N-3, Mandarin in High School, French in 4-12 and Spanish in 7-12. Our vision includes expanding French and Spanish down into lower grades as young as first. Garden School’s philosophy is such that the value of World Language is recognized across our entire program and we are adding this position as we seek to grow our already robust program to offer more languages to more students across more grades.

This is a very exciting time to join Garden School to be at the ground level of building new and innovative programs that cross disciplines and challenge the notion of how students engage with learning. Garden’s recently adopted new strategic plan also means that there is ample room for growth in this Department in particular.

An ideal candidate will have experience teaching French and Spanish to students who range in age, a passion for an experiential and immersive approach to teaching Languages, a desire to explore and connect across disciplines, and a commitment for addressing the individual child in their instruction through novel and innovative experiences in the classroom.

If you enjoy working with an innovative team, employing best-practice in the classroom, helping bright students achieve their potential, and seeing every child as an individual, then please forward your cover letter and resume to our Director of Finance, Mary Maisano at mmaisano@gardenschool.org

Garden School is an independent school committed to the success of every one of its students. In an effort to connect families with the best possible services available, we seek a part time Independent approved SETSS provider to support children entitled to special services. Garden endeavors to bolster the effectiveness of services by interviewing, endorsing, and coordinating with a single provider for all of our qualifying students.

The current position is for approximately 15 hours weekly working in conjunction with faculty in our lower grades to provide 1:1 pull-out or after-school tutoring for a small handful of children. There is also the possibility of additional hours for someone looking to grow within our organization. An ideal candidate will have special education and elementary experience and embody a deep belief in the potential for all children to achieve.

If you are a qualified special educator, are among the list of approved independent providers for NYC schools, and interested in working with a dynamic and compassionate team of educators to support truly bright students who simply require some extra support, please contact Mary Maisano, Director of Finance, at mmaisano@gardenschool.org.

Starting Fall 2022
Part Time

Garden School is excited to announce the opening of a Part Time School Counselor position for the fall of 2022. The position will help our team address the diverse needs of students, staff, and families across our small (255 students) n-12 school. Therefore, experience and expertise working with a wide range of age groups is preferred.  

Garden School is an innovative and collaborative environment where teachers have smaller than usual rosters so they may focus on the interests and needs of bright and sophisticated individuals all of whom are college bound. Faculty at Garden enjoy a great deal of autonomy in the material they cover in tandem with well-developed support structures to employ best practices in their discipline. Even for a smaller school, every department is supported by a Chair who provides mentorship, guidance, and training for new staff. 

Although a strong advisory and home room system has served us well for a long time, as we emerge from the pandemic we recognize the need for embedded support provided by a trained and qualified professional. Therefore, this is an entirely new position that will help us meet immediate needs as well as address longer term strategic goals focused on the wellness of all students. 

This role is for 10-15 flexible hours per week and will focus on five strands: 

  • Proactive Health & Wellness programming for staff, students*
  • As needed support for students and families around specific situations
  • Direct communication with and among staff through a Wellness Committee that meets every three weeks
  • Case management of learning profiles for students who qualify for accommodations or support and collaboration with their teachers
  • Development of a library of references and resources for families, students, and staff that include articles, books, podcasts, websites, videos, etc.

* Health & Wellness Programming – delivered in small group workshops framed by high impact themes. Workshops in younger grades are paired with Responsive Classroom, our school-wide positive behavior support system and character Ed program. In upper grades, workshops focus on topics of relevance to adolescents and teens like digital safety, healthy relationships, and stress management.  

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An ideal candidate will have experience working with students who range in age, a passion for wellness, a desire to explore and connect with students and teachers across disciplines and grades, and a commitment for addressing the individual child through novel and innovative experiences in a workshop and small group setting. 

If you enjoy working with an innovative team, employing best-practice in a school-based setting, helping bright students achieve their potential, and seeing every child as an individual, then please forward your cover letter and resume to our Director of Finance, Mary Maisano at mmaisano@gardenschool.org.

Part-Time Bus Driver to be responsible for transporting students safely to and from School as well as report any concerns or issues pertaining to the buses.

Qualifications
• Must have a clean CDL Class A or B license (no traffic citations of accidents in the last 3 years)
• Must have the “S” endorsements to drive a school bus in New York
• 19-A certification qualifications is required
• must provide a recent copy (within 1 week of the interview) of his/her DMV driving abstract
• Must maintain the bus log book and complete pre and post inspection of the buses daily
• Driving experience helpful

Responsibilities:
• Transport students to and from school in the mornings and afternoons
• Maintain a clean and mechanically-sound bus at all times
• Ensure safety of all students when on the bus
• Required to maintain an orderly safe environment while transporting passengers
• Perform inspections of the bus before and after each route and follow all additional required school bus policies
• Remain in communication with the Transportation Coordinator of any issues with the bus, traffic, etc.

Salary: $125-$150 per day; pay over school breaks; additional opportunities for summer employment.

To Apply:
Please submit your cover letter to mmaisano@gardenschool.org

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