Elementary School Teacher-SPHERE Summer Program
Watkinson School, Hartford, CT
Watkinson School, offering inventive teaching to Hartford and surrounding communities since 1881, seeks a full-time elementary school teacher for our SPHERE summer program. SPHERE is a non-profit, five-week program, hosted by Watkinson School, for 50-60 Hartford youth entering grades 1-5.
Daily classroom instruction is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in literacy and math. Teachers are encouraged to use technology to support instruction and promote student engagement. Other classroom practices that the SPHERE Summer Program incorporates are:
- Social-emotional morning routines such as Morning Circles and mindfulness activities
- Skill-based learning stations
- Interactive Read Alouds and text discussions
- Using pre and post-assessment and daily observation to drive instructional choices
- Positive reinforcement classroom management system as well as class and program-wide celebrations
Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to reaching all students in a heterogeneously grouped class. They will do so by using creative approaches to instruction that incorporate both hands-on and minds-on learning while prioritizing fun, laughter, and opportunities for student choice. Successful applicants will also bring to the position a sense of enthusiasm, proactivity, and warmth as well as the ability to develop and sustain positive relationships with parents, students, and summer program colleagues.
A bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education or a related field and proven successful experience teaching at this level is required. In addition to classroom teaching responsibilities, this position includes supervising high school student counselors assisting in the classroom, and occasionally moderating an afternoon activity.
Watkinson School is an equal opportunity employer and an open and affirming community. We seek candidates of diverse backgrounds. This position commences on June 27th and concludes on August 5th and is a summer-only position. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references including phone number and email address.