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Aftercare Teaching Artist

Turnip Green Creative Reuse


Job Summary

Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Aftercare Teaching Artist Positions — Glenview Elementary School or across MNPS


TGCR Mission: Fostering creativity and sustainability through reuse.


TGCR Description:

TGCR opened in 2011 as Nashville’s first creative reuse non-profit organization. We divert materials from landfills through creative endeavors in four avenues: education, retail space, open studio, and gallery. We use our salvaged materials to create art with students.


TGCR Aftercare Teaching Artist Positions (Glenview Elementary or across MNPS):

People of color and LGBTQIA+ teachers are encouraged to apply. Spanish or Arabic language fluency is a plus.


This position is primarily for a consistent aftercare teaching artist at Glenview Elementary School. If this position is not the right fit, we will also consider candidates for after school substitute position that will located across 9 different MNPS schools.


Candidates with previous aftercare or public school teaching experience are highly preferred. Teamwork and flexibility are very important parts of this position. Candidates who take on leadership roles and support other team members whenever needed are highly desired.





Job Responsibilities

Aftercare Teaching Artist at Glenview Elementary:

TGCR offers an aftercare program at Glenview Elementary Monday-Friday from 2:30-6 PM. The program aims to inspire creativity and encourage sustainable practices; to build positive relationships with students; and to guide students in their artistic, social, and emotional growth. With up to 100 students in attendance, the program is hiring 1 new teaching artist. The primary goal of the teaching artist is to build relationships and youth development skills with students.


The Teaching Artist is responsible for leading a group of 10 – 15 4th grade students through all aftercare activities, including meal-time, physical activity, homework help, collaborative projects, and individual art. The Teaching Artist is responsible for their group of students, as well as supporting teaching artist teammates with any other student needs. The Teaching Artist should be comfortable guiding a group of up to 20 elementary school students in artistic endeavors, as well as transitions, meal time, and free play.


This position is 18 hours per week — M – F, 2:30 – 6 PM. Rate of pay is $12 – 14, with a retention bonus at the end of the school quarter in March and regular reviews and raises each semester.


This position begins as soon as possible and follows the MNPS school calendar, including fall, winter, and spring breaks.


After School Substitute:

We are primarily interviewing candidates for the above position. However, if that is not the best fit, we will consider hiring candidates as an After School Substitute. In this position, the substitute works between 2 – 4 hours per day. M – F flexibility is needed, though selection of 2 – 3 free days is allowed.


The candidate should be very flexible and comfortable leading a group of up to 20 elementary school students in artistic endeavors, as well as transitions, meal time, and free play.



  • Teaching or leading a group (K-4 and aftercare or public school setting preferred)
  • Creating visual arts and/or reuse art
  • Working collaboratively on a team


Work Ethic:

  • Punctual and devotes energy to students when leading classes 
  • Flexible and willing to take on program responsibilities as needed
  • Creative with reusable materials
  • Environmentally conscious
  • Clear and constant communicator
  • Prepared and forward-thinking
  • Consistent and reliable



  • Patient, empathetic, and understanding of students, fellow teaching artists, TGCR staff and members, and other members of our community
  • Works well on a team, strengthens community, and furthers our mission
  • Accepting and respectful of all demographics and lifestyles

Additional Information


This position comes with a retention bonus at the end of the school quarter in March and regular reviews and raises each semester.


As a member of the teaching artist team, you can expect the following benefits from TGCR:

  • Connections to the rest of the teaching artist team and TGCR staff
  • Reuse materials provided for all TGCR programs
  • Use of our pay-what-you-can shop for all materials
  • Invitations to special events, such as fundraisers, art crawls, and holiday parties
  • Professional development and training opportunities through TGCR, MNPS, MPW, and NAZA
  • Teaching artist social events and mixers

How to Apply

To apply, please submit resume to TGCR Program Manager Ally Miller at


  • Date Posted: January 29, 2020
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 02/07/2020
  • Salary Range: 12 - 14/hr
  • Working Hours: M-F, 2:30 - 6 PM