Working at Beechwood

Great staff, small classes, and parent involvement form the core of Beechwood School’s success. Teachers and administrators at Beechwood believe that working at the school is more than just a job; it is a commitment to improving the lives of students and lending support to all those within the school community.


Beechwood School, an independent K-8 school serving families from East Palo Alto and the eastern part of Menlo Park is looking to fill the following positions:

Principal – Beechwood School is seeking a new Principal to guide the school into the next decade, which is sure to be full of change and opportunity. We are looking for a hands-on leader and educator who is able to work with and inspire all members of the Beechwood Community: the students, their families, the faculty and staff, the advisory board, and the community at large. We are seeking an experienced leader with energy and ideas of their own, and with the ability to listen actively to the concerns and ideas of others and help guide collaborative decisions.

The Principal at Beechwood School is not a purely administrative position. The nature of the school and community demands a hands-on educator who leads by being present and engaged with all members of the school community, not from behind a desk in an office.

Among the Principal’s responsibilities are the following:
Nurturing a positive school culture
Leading and supporting faculty and staff
Evaluating staff and being involved in compensation decisions
Teaching: covering for staff as well as other teaching opportunities
Connecting with parents and helping them meet their responsibilities
Managing communications with staff and parents
Building and maintaining strong community relations
Student discipline
Organizing and leading ceremonies and appreciations
Overseeing and and organizing student clubs
Reporting to and responding to the Advisory Board
Working with the Advisory Board and Hiring Committee on hiring and firing decisions
Working with the Admissions Committee on admissions decisions
Supporting school fundraising efforts
Keeping the campus safe
Budgeting and ordering

The successful candidate will have…
Significant experience with in-classroom teaching at the elementary and/or middle school level
Experience leading in a school environment
A strong desire to help children and families learn and grow
A deep connection to the community
A well-developed ability to listen compassionately, understand, assess alternatives, and move forward with confidence

Send resume and a personal statement to Principal, David Laurance at

2nd Grade Teacher-  We are looking for a 2nd Grade teacher to start on June 15th, 2020.  This teacher will work with a group of 18 students from June to April.  Candidate should have experience working with a diverse group of students in Math and Language Arts.  An awareness of the importance of the Social Emotional component of teaching is preferred. Send resume to Principal, David Laurance at


The current faculty of Beechwood is as culturally and ethnically diverse as its student population. Many of the teachers have credentials or advanced degrees. The faculty is encouraged to explore teaching and learning that will best suit the needs of its students while meeting the state guidelines.

Among the methodology used in the classroom one can find flex grouping, literature circles, centers, thematic instruction, portfolio assessment and the use of manipulatives incorporated. Even though students with severe needs may not qualify for admission, Beechwood School believes in the inclusion of students with limited special needs within the classroom. This is accomplished with the support of the Special Needs Coordinator. All students are provided with the same and equal opportunity to excel. Teachers are a major component of any student study evaluation completed.

Camaraderie among faculty and staff prevails, each giving of their time to assist others and all are willing to work as a team to achieve the goals and objectives of the school. Faculty members enjoy various opportunities to interact as a group outside of the school environment. Beechwood seeks faculty members, dedicated to their profession and to the students they will serve. Candidates must be team players and willing to give of their time and energy “beyond the call of duty”. Additionally, many concepts and outlines of programs and policies developed at the school begin at the faculty and staff level. Candidates must be willing to take an active role in the future vision of the school.

Beechwood’s salaries are competitive and experience valued. Family health coverage is provided; employees are covered by workers’ compensation insurance; their contributions to social security are matched; employees contribute to the state disability fund and are encouraged to establish a 403(b) plan for tax-deferred savings. If you are interested in working in a dynamic, warm and challenging environment please contact:

David Laurance, Principal
Beechwood School
50 Terminal Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025