English Language Learner Lead Teacher

Faculty / Full-Time

The Fessenden School, Newton, MA

About Us

The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 541 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 9th Grade who come from all over the world.  The Fessenden School’s mission is to cultivate each boy’s talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.  For more than 100 years, The Fessenden School has offered state-of-the-art facilities, curriculum, and programs specifically designed to meet the educational needs of boys.

Position Summary

The Fessenden School’s Upper School seeks an English Language Learner (ELL) Lead Teacher who will work collaboratively with the English Language Department Chair and Head of Upper School in reshaping the ELL program. We are in the process of creating a more integrated ELL program that will create greater access to grade level classes. The ELL Lead Teacher will be responsible for teaching students with intermediate proficiency in English for Grades 5-9 with the goal of preparing and transitioning them to their next stage of language development. The instructor will partner with colleagues and the ELL Department Chair in developing, coordinating, and implementing the curriculum while maintaining effective instruction and English proficiency assessment of all ELL students.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Teach 4 small classes of 8-10 students. The classes include English, history and language.

  • Teach small group ELL tutorials

  • Create and plan lessons that connect to grade level curriculum and sequential units that have been developed in collaboration with the ELL Department Chair and colleagues

  • Incorporate project based learning, educational technology, universal design, and a multicultural approach to teaching and learning with the assistance of school supports such as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Director of Teaching and Learning, Innovation Coaches, and Department Chairs

  • Use of a variety of assessments to consistently monitor student progress which include but are not limited to Duolingo English Test, and WIDA testing

  • Collaborate with the Head of Upper School and Dean of Middle School to facilitate character education and service-learning programs

  • Participate in an Upper School grade level team

  • Assist Admissions with administering and scoring assessments (TOFEL Jr and WIDA), determining the skill level of candidates, and placing new students in their core classes.

  • Exemplify the School’s mission and community principles, including honesty, respect and compassion.

  • Participate in and help facilitate all division and grade level activities and meetings.

  • Coach a sport and/or supervise sports study hall as assigned.

  • Collaborate with colleagues within grade level, division, department and student support services, including the Learning Resources Department.

  • Perform duties such as recess, lunch; being advisor, grade trips, possible overnight trip, and school events

  • Maintain all documentation connected to the curriculum and students which includes writing personalized comments for advisees and regular parent communication

  • Attend faculty meetings; typically on Mondays from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm.

  • Attend professional development meetings; three 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and three 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance.

  • Maintain current CPR/AED and first aid certification and child abuse prevention training which are provided by the school.

  • Other duties as assigned.


School Year: August 26, 2024 – June 10, 2025; Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30 pm.

Orientation: August 19th and 20th, 2024.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related subject.

  • Two years of experience in instructing and designing lessons for English Language Learners.

  • Ability to develop and provide a universal designed instructional approach to meet the learning needs of a range of students.

  • Enthusiasm and communication skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships.

  • Strong facilitator and leadership skills to develop a positive learning environment and healthy class culture

  • Ability to perform critical thinking, organization, prioritization, and problem solving with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to serve in a diverse community of colleagues, students, and parents.

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, justice, diversity, and equity.

  • A commitment to boys and boys’ education.

  • Successful completion of background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education or related subject.

  • Active/valid driver’s license.

  • TESOL or WIDA certification.

  • English Language Learning Certification.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that are essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. The requirements for performing the duties of this position are as follows:

  • Frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear.

  • Regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch and/or kneel.

  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

  • Majority of work is performed in a school/classroom environment, and the noise level in the environment is usually moderate.

The Fessenden School

Newton, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Day, Boarding