JOB: School Library Teacher, Keys Middle School, Palo Alto

Position begins Mid-November

Keys School, a K-8 of approximately 320 students and 50 faculty, seeks a full-time leave replacement for the Middle School Library Teacher to begin mid-November and work through the spring (position will likely conclude late April).

Founded forty years ago, Keys offers a hands-on education with deep concern for students’ academic, social, emotional, and physical growth. Today Keys is known for helping students to become compassionate and empathic community members while developing the confidence to find their voice and advocate for themselves.

With a cross-divisional buddy program, ice skating lessons, classes in self-science, and an extensive outdoor education program beginning in kindergarten, the school offers an array of distinctive programs. These experiences, in concert with a strong academic program, prepare students to matriculate to the region’s highly selective independent secondary schools and rigorous public high schools.

The school is situated on two campuses, about a mile apart. The Middle School campus houses grades 5-8, approximately 140 students and 25 faculty and staff.

The Middle School Library Teacher effectively collaborates with faculty to teach information literacy skills; research skills and digital citizenship. The Library Teacher manages collection development, readers’ advisory, and cataloging. The candidate will also work with the Lower School Librarian in managing the Alexandria Online Catalog. Strong interpersonal skills are needed to help advise sixth grade student Library Assistants who volunteer in the library.

Additionally, ideal candidates will be well versed in the development of early adolescents. Advanced communication skills will allow this candidate to manage a group of 14 sixth graders during Advisory, which meets daily. The Library Teacher will help Keys’ students advocate for themselves and others, hone their organization skills, and learn to manage their academic work and personal interactions with integrity. Effective parent and inter-staff communication designed to support students and a healthy sense of humor are musts! Please email your cover letter and resume to Larry Purcell, Interim Head of Keys Middle School:

-Masters in Library Science
-Teaching experience in a Library environment
-Broad understanding of young adult and children’s literature
-Experience teaching information literacy skills
-Strong organizational skills
-Ability to work in a team, sense of humor, and ability to be flexible