Teaching Opportunities

The Eliot School seeks qualified teachers on a rolling basis.


We seek candidates with experience teaching woodworking, sewing and art to age groups appropriate to each job opening. We want our students to gain skills, use their imaginations, and experience the joy of creating with their hands. We require excellent craftsmanship on the part of our teachers, absolute reliability, good communication skills and the ability to work both independently and with a team.

Our Teachers Say...

“In the Eliot School, I have found a community of professional, warm, dedicated, kind people: a rarity, and precious. This has been one of the most inspiring and wonderful places where I have ever worked. I look forward to continuing to grow in my teaching and learning through this extraordinary school.”

art teacher for children Laurel Stroman in Bostonwoodworking teacher Jonathan Bechard, Bostonwoodworking for children teacher Jeff Citro in Boston

Job Openings–School Partnership Program

Our School Partnership Program sends instructors to teach art and woodworking to grades K–8 at partner schools, most in the Boston Public School system, both after-school and during the day. We continue to develop an ongoing pool of teachers and aides in Woodworking and Visual Arts. Each term, we match teachers and schools based on subject, experience, location and interest. SPP classes are all developed in close planning with our partner schools near the start of each term. Most classes take place once a week for 1–2 hours in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Roslindale, the South End and surrounding neighborhoods. Term length is usually 8–12 weeks on a rolling basis throughout the school year. Each SPP teacher is accompanied by a Classroom Aide, and most classes are capped at 13–15 students.

SPP Visual Arts

Teach visual arts to selected grade levels, usually in terms of 8–12 weeks. Most classes meet 1–2 hours per week. Each teacher designs his or her Visual Arts class to meet curriculum support and program needs of each partner school.

SPP Woodworking

Teach woodworking to selected grade levels, usually in terms of 8–12 weeks. Most classes meet 1–2 hours per week.

To apply:

Contact Alison Croney

sewing teacher for children Carol Price, Bostonphotography teacher Shunsuke Yamaguchi for children in Bostonwoodworking for children teacher Susan Vannini in Boston

In House: Propose a Class

Please email a resumé, a cover letter and images of your artwork or a link to images. Then use our online survey form to submit your proposal. Make sure to click DONE at the end. Some browsers may have trouble with Survey Monkey. If you do, just download a form and email it to us. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Early applications are preferred. See our deadlines for details.

We actively seek proposals for new classes and workshops:

  • for any age
  • of any length, from 1 to 12 sessions
  • within our interest areas
  • to be held in-house at the Eliot School (or in any nearby location that is covered by liability insurance)

Classes & Workshops during the school year

  • Workshops and classes from 1 session to 10 weeks and anything in between
  • Fall semester: September–December
    Winter semester: January–March
    Spring semester: April–June
  • We teach children ages 2–17. Teens age 17 and up may take adult classes.
  • Children are most often grouped by age: 6–8, 9–12, 11–14 and 13–17. Our teen market is still weak and so those classes are less assured of filling and running.
  • Adult classes may be geared to any level of experience and skill.
  • We are particularly interested in attractive daytime workshops and classes for adults.

Summer Classes & Workshops for Adults

Options include:

  • 6-week classes from July through mid-August
  • Weekend workshops, e.g. Sat/Sun from 10am-6pm, two consecutive Sundays from 10am-4pm, one Saturday from 10am-2pm, etc.
  • Intensives as short as 1 day or as long as 2 weeks, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, in August

Summer Program for Children

  • For age groups 6–8, 9–12 and 12–14
  • Half-day classes, Monday through Friday, one week at a time, 9am-12pm or 12:30-3:30pm
  • Program runs from mid-June through July (exact dates to be determined)
  • Each half-day we offer three separate classes drawing upon four threads: woodworking, sewing, visual art and an inventions thread that can include electricity, kinesis, etc.
  • Because some children attend for multiple weeks, we offer something different each week, even if it has the same name. For example, woodworking can be Wooden Boats one week, Go-Carts one week, a model house one week, multiple projects involving moving parts one week.
  • We also entertain programs outside this box. Successful offerings in the past have included Photography, Printmaking and Assemblages.


In proposing or designing your class, please note that we have:

  • Wood shop with complete set of hand and power tools
  • Sewing room with 8 sewing machines, serger, irons, small drying rack
  • Art room with 12 easels, 11 movable work tables, 5 laminated folding tables, homosote walls
  • 3 hot-plates
  • Dye box for mixing powdered dyes and auxiliaries
  • WiFi
  • Digital projector and wall screen
  • Large open yard (but with no security, so projects cannot be left outdoors overnight)

We do not have:

  • Storage capacity (especially for 3-dimensional work)
  • Ventilation for batik, encaustic or other arts that generate toxic fumes
  • Exhaust hood for powdered dyes or other airborne toxins
  • Ceramics studio
  • Metals studio
  • Computer lab
  • Darkroom