Photography Teacher
Job Details
Altamont School - Birmingham, AL


The Photography teacher will instruct in the art of photography, while giving tips and insight on taking quality photos.  The teacher will create and maintain a strong program and a positive learning environment for fostering student growth; by encouraging students to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to obtain a good foundation for growth and development; establishes effective rapport with students and parents; assists students in developing positive feelings/feedback/critiques toward themselves and others. We want supportive faculty who are lifelong learners and model that for our students. Our educators are expected to engage in on-going professional development, be open to interdisciplinary opportunities, and actively help further our school's strategic initiatives of community and inclusion.

Essential Functions

  • Identifies clear learning and teaching objectives for producing strong, age-appropriate lessons (5th-12th grade) that cover a wide range of photographic/digital skills, including using Photoshop at all levels.  Ensures objectives are met through effective teaching, high expectations, and sound learning in an inclusive, engaging classroom environment.
  • Sets high expectations for student learning, motivation, and presentation of their work. Sets clear targets for students’ learning, builds on prior attainment, and ensures students are always aware of all requirements.
  • Provides students with feedback, critiques, encouragement, and support.  Consistently asses student achievement through formal and informal assessments.
  • Has strong classroom management skills for effectively monitoring student behavior. 
  • Helps support our school mission by being a positive role model and demonstrates professional, ethical, and responsible behavior.
  • Provides an enthusiastic and stimulating learning experience that uses a variety of teaching methods and strategies that help cultivate mastery of photography skills.
  • Improves teaching performance through continued professional development. Will join a national or state professional organization related to photography/Fine Arts.
  • Attends and participates in faculty meetings, serves on committees as required, and is attentive to other assignments deemed necessary by the Head of School, Assistant Head of School for Academics, or Department Head.
  • Establishes and maintains a professional relationship and open lines of communication, with students, parents, colleagues, and community members.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in photography.  Ideally has an education background with general knowledge of curriculum and instruction.
  • Prepared to teach age-appropriate classes for 5th-12th grade.  
  • Flexibility, organization, decision making and problem-solving skills.  Has strong communication (verbal and written), public relations, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work on multiple projects, and coordinate the work of students.
  • Experience instructing students, while managing their behavior, during classes and class related activities.  Knowledge of effective classroom management strategies is a must.
  • Experience using a variety of technology tools related to teaching or creating photography, including digital and manual photography. Proficiency using programs such as, Microsoft Suite and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Experience teaching film and video production, editing, cinematography techniques, photography, editing, graphic design and visual communication strategies, preferred.


In addition to the school’s benefit packages, The Altamont school offers tuition remission to applicable candidates.