Head Teacher (Upper Elementary)

Join a school where your voice and values matter.

Tru (grades K-6) seeks a teacher ready to participate in the development of a young and innovative school. Candidates should be highly flexible and dedicated to the school's mission. Elementary teaching experience is also required.

The Head Teacher is responsible for all daily aspects of children's life in the classroom. The Head Teachers collaborate together to determine integrative content strands and essential questions, then work to implement those strands through developmentally appropriate activities with their individual classes. Head Teachers communicate regularly with parents to inform them of student work and assess student progress against standard benchmarks of achievement. Head Teachers participate fully in school community events and outreach programs. The Head Teacher makes a yearly professional development plan to support continued growth in educational theory and practice.

The Upper Elementary Teacher is responsible for a multi-age class ranging from 7-10 or 8-10 years old. Most activity is project-based. Instruction is differentiated among students so that each child is practicing appropriate skills, especially in math, reading, and writing. The Education Director coordinates planning among the teachers so that standards and projects show consistency throughout the school. 

Tru is a private, progressive elementary school near downtown Palo Alto serving students K – 6, with unique practices to support the love of learning. Students practice mindfulness, engage in stage performance, and learn through in-depth projects with cross-disciplinary themes. Teachers form personal relationships with each child based on developmental research and make strong connections with families.

The school opened in 2011 and currently has 22 students. We expect to grow slowly and steadily to 45 students in our present location. Our progressive philosophy is unique and requires educators who are able to reflect on their practice, collaborate constantly, and bring a strong personal presence to their work. Our integrative approach requires creative development of original learning activities that reach across the traditional disciplines of science, literature, social studies, etc. A desire to explore, research, and teach unfamiliar topics is essential.

We hire for people, not positions. If you are a thoughtful and high-energy person who loves to create engaging and challenging experiences for children, consider building a relationship with us now!


Bachelor's degree (Master's degree preferred)
Some elementary teaching experience
Familiarity with child development at different ages
Strong demonstrated interest in all curriculum areas
Ability to write and communicate well
Ability to develop curriculum based on student interest and school themes
Strong collaboration skills
Willingness to respond to the needs of a startup environment
Regular contemplative practice strongly encouraged
Teacher certification not required


Salary commensurate with education and experience
Opportunities to apply school mission in creative ways
Highly supportive staff and parent community
Inclusive decisionmaking process
Developmentally appropriate teaching environment
Tuition credit for staff children

To indicate interest, send a resume and cover letter to work@truschool.org.