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Physical Education Teacher - Middle Grades

Full-time position, 10 months
Effective August 2022

Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) seeks an upper elementary and middle school physical education teacher with demonstrated strength in engaging students in kinesthetics and sports. This PE position helps students transition from a fully developmental program in elementary to a middle school program, balancing skill development with sports fundamentals. This PE position also includes teaching electives, serving as an Advocacy teacher, and attending a weeklong class trip each year. 

ACDS teachers are expected to differentiate instruction to meet a range of student needs and readiness levels. Key to success at Almaden Country Day School is an understanding and appreciation of children’s developmental stages and a deliberate focus on building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.

The successful applicant will value a cooperative learning environment in which colleagues work together for the benefit of the students. He/she/they will demonstrate understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion in his or her teaching, teamwork, and leadership. He/she/they will provide evidence of high personal and professional standards, communication ability, and eagerness to grow as a teacher. 


  • Demonstrated success teaching elementary and middle school-aged children 
  • Familiarity with current middle physical education curricula and commitment to making instruction active, engaging, and exciting for middle grades students
  • Ability to design and implement differentiated instruction to meet individual student needs
  • Ability to teach a wide range of sports to middle school students, including track and field, lacrosse, baseball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and basketball
  • Ability and willingness to design, develop, implement, and revise our PE curriculum
  • Ability and availability to coach at least two after-school sports during the school year
  • Participate in ordering, organizing, and maintaining equipment and materials with other PE teachers
  • Dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
  • Basic technology skills
  • Willingness to carry out other duties and responsibilities beyond the classroom

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of classroom experience as a lead teacher
  • Experience with leading advisory
  • Experience with curriculum design
  • Experience with other content areas and electives
  • Teaching credential or equivalent degree

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Tuition remission benefit for dependent children.

If you are a dynamic and caring educator, passionate about children, and prepared to work with amazing young people and wonderful peers, please contact us.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to:


Jeremy Adams
Head of Middle School
Almaden Country Day School
6835 Trinidad Dr.
San Jose, CA 95120

Finalists may be asked to teach a demonstration lesson, to participate in a faculty-led interview, and to provide a writing sample. 

Interviews for open positions begin immediately and remain open until filled.


Jeremy Adams

Overview of Almaden Country Day School:

Almaden Country Day School is an independent, pre-K through 8th grade school located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose. The school's mission is to "discover the gifts in every child." ACDS promotes the belief that children learn best in a high-opportunity, low-stress environment, and when instruction is age-appropriate, highly individualized, and joyful.

We serve 380 students with an average of 20 students per class. Our graduates are prepared for a rigorous high school experience. It is not unusual for half of the students in an ACDS graduating class to be accepted into high school with academic distinction or honors placement. Approximately 25 percent of the student body receives tuition aid.

ACDS strives to develop well-rounded children, with all students taking drama, foreign language, physical education, music, and art, and in the middle school, extensive choices for dozens of elective classes. The school’s signature enrichment programs, hands-on science featuring an outdoor classroom, and a robust integrated technology program all contribute to our emphasis on whole-child instruction.

ACDS parents are very committed to the school and follow the progress of their children carefully. Teachers are held to high expectations for meeting the needs of our children and families.

We seek educators who are well versed in developmental pedagogy and differentiated teaching methods, and who are committed to providing individualized attention to our students and parents. A collaborative work style and a receptive attitude toward cooperative efforts are required in our small school. All positions involve additional required duties, such as playground and lunch supervision, chaperoning field trips, and more. Administrators are occasionally called to serve as temporary substitute teachers.

For more information about Almaden Country Day School, candidates are encouraged to visit our website.

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