Athena Academy is an independent school for bright, dyslexic students in Palo Alto. We are a community of people passionate about providing high quality education for students who think differently. We work collaboratively to design curriculum, and truly enjoy coming to work because of the teaching teams, the students, the supportive parents, and the creative energy on campus.

Athena Academy utilizes the teaching methods that have shown great success in helping dyslexic students to learn the strategies and techniques that best suit them. We recognize that the students we serve are primarily visual-spatial learners. This innate thinking style gives these students deficits in learning to read, but gives them tremendous advantages that we can use to teach them the way they were meant to learn. We empower our students to use their dyslexic differences to their advantage.

We recognize that these students must have a calm, focused mind in order to learn. We create an environment and employ methods specifically to provide and maintain focused attention in our learners.

Classroom Teacher

The classroom teacher at Athena Academy is responsible for developing and implementing as part of a team, curriculum for elementary school-aged students in language arts and/or math. In addition, the classroom teacher creates and delivers hands-on, project-based science and social studies curriculum, in conjunction with the age level team members. The teacher is also responsible for differentiating and being flexible with the curriculum and students so that each student is appropriately challenged and supported in their learning. The classroom teacher is an integral member of the community and is responsible for professional interactions with students, colleagues, current and prospective families, and local community members in a variety of different settings. The classroom teachers are trained in working with visual-spatial learners, and professional development and continuing education are expected of all members of the community.

We are currently looking for a passionate classroom teacher interested in working with elementary OR middle school aged students in multi-age classrooms. Experience with dyslexic students is helpful, but not required.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter sharing your interest in working with dyslexic students, your teaching philosophy, and a resume to our Head of School Victoria Trevor.

Development Director

The Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Athena Academy’s fundraising including the annual fund, grant applications, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns. The Development Director works closely with the senior admin team and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.

  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.
  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Manage grants and fundraising calendar; oversee fundraising database and tracking systems.
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Build a planned giving program.
  • Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives.
  • Coordinate fund raising special events.
  • Support and educate Board of Trustees in their role and responsibilities as fundraisers.
  • Attend the Board Development Committee meetings
  • Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities.
  • Maintain gift recognition programs.

This is a part-time or full-time position 

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter sharing your interest in working at Athena Academy and an overview of your relevant experience along with a resume to our Director of Finance and Operations, Jo Mutch.

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