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

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 mmaisano@gardenschool.org

Garden School is excited to announce the opening of a Math & Science teaching position for the Fall of 2021. The position is focused in the intermediate and upper divisions. Therefore, experience and expertise working with a range of ages as well as comfort with introductory and advanced topics is desired.

Garden School is an innovative and collaborative environment where teachers have smaller than usual student rosters so they may focus on the interests and needs of bright and sophisticated individuals. Teaching faculty at Garden enjoy a good 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 will provide mentorship, guidance, and training to new staff.

The Math and Science Team consists of seven faculty who focus on small group instruction with courses that track up to AP Calc, through AP Bio and Physics. Garden School’s philosophy is such that the value of Math and Science is recognized across our entire program with formal 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 Garden aspires to expand its Robotics and Engineering 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 and Science to students who range in age, a passion for STEM subjects, a desire to explore and experience with STEAM/Maker, 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 excited to announce the opening of a Visual & Performing Arts teaching position for the Fall of 2021. The position is focused in the intermediate and upper divisions. Therefore, experience and expertise working with a range of ages as well as comfort with introductory and advanced topics is desired.

Garden School is an innovative and collaborative environment where teachers have smaller than usual student rosters so they may focus on the needs of bright and sophisticated individuals. Teaching faculty at Garden enjoy a good deal of autonomy in the material they teach in tandem with well developed support structures to employ best practices. Even for a smaller school, every department is supported by a Chair who will provide mentorship, guidance, and training to new staff.

The Arts team consists of three faculty who focus on small group instruction, general music, general art, theater, and drawing and painting. Currently, formal music programs end after 8th grade and formal arts classes end after 10th. However, this position is being created in response to Garden’s recently adopted new strategic plan and our aspirations to expand the Arts department to incorporate more advanced topics in Visual Arts, build upon a long tradition of theater programs, and establish choir, band, and media arts programs. To these ends, Garden seeks to add a staff member to the team and also partner formally with a number of outside organizations.

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 and the Arts. This is a truly unique opportunity for someone who wants to build new programs, collaborate with colleagues and outside organizations, and work with a supportive team to bring an innovative vision for the future to fruition.

An ideal candidate will have experience teaching Visual and Performing Arts to students who range in age, a passion for the Arts in all its forms, a desire and experience with growing programs, and a commitment for addressing the individual child in their instruction through meaningful and innovative experiences in the classroom, in the studio, or on the stage.

If you enjoy working with an innovative team, employing best-practice in the classroom, helping bright students achieve their potential by pursuing passions and talents, 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 excited to announce the opening of an Early Childhood teaching position for the Fall of 2021. The position is focused on children ages 2 – 5. Therefore, experience and expertise working with children who are learning routines of school and supporting emerging literacy and numeracy is desired.

Garden School is an innovative and collaborative environment where teachers have smaller than usual student rosters so they can focus on the needs of bright and sophisticated individuals. Teaching faculty at Garden enjoy a good deal of autonomy in the material they teach in tandem with well developed support structures to employ best practices. Even for a smaller school, every grade cluster is supported by a Dean who will provide mentorship, guidance, and training to new staff.

The Early Childhood Cluster consists of six staff members:three lead teachers and three assistants. The Early Childhood Cluster is warm, close-knit, and intentional. Students are part of a nurturing family at school and teachers cover all topics from literacy to math and writing. The teaching team is supported by push in specials that include Mandarin, Music/Movement, and Physical Education. This well-rounded approach to academic development along with plenty of rest and exploration time both in and outdoors results in happy children who love their school.

The ideal candidate comes with 3-5 years of experience working in early childhood education and a passion for supporting early and emerging skills. The right fit faculty member also will be eager to bring innovation to this cluster through hands-on, interactive, and interdisciplinary learning. Every member of this cluster team embodies a commitment to addressing the individual child in their instruction through meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom.

If you enjoy working with an innovative team, employing best-practice in the classroom, helping bright students achieve their potential by pursuing passions and talents, 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, a N-12 independent school located in Jackson Heights, New York, is seeking an enthusiastic educator to serve as an English teacher beginning in fall 2021.

While this position is likely to focus on grades 7 & 8, opportunities for working with older grades exists as well. The new department chair has set a goal to re-examine the literary canon, which also includes the possibility of exploring new courses for upper division (grades 7-12) students. As we have also recently launched a new strategic plan for Garden School, we are investigating our curriculum through intensive discussions with faculty and students and hope you would be an active participant in both processes.
As one of the most diverse independent schools not only in New York, but the country, we seek an educator who is eager to work with a wide range of students with regards to race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual and gender identity and learning orientations. We have been successful in building a supportive community that fosters a familial atmosphere and wish to continue to build upon that foundation.

We encourage creative ideas in your teaching that excite and challenge you and your students, but also will be sure to offer you mentorship and support from your department chair, department colleagues, other members of the faculty and the administration. We also encourage collaboration across academic disciplines to keep learning new and fresh. Last, you can expect small classes that rarely climb higher in number than 15 students and more likely falls closer to 10-12. These students will be capable and excited to learn. As a result, we hope you will be eager to personalize the learning experience as you feel necessary to best engage each student.

If this opportunity sounds exciting to you, please forward your resume and cover letter expressing why you would like to work at Garden School to our Director of Finance, Mary Maisano at mmaisano@gardenschool.org

Thank you and best of luck!

Scroll to Top