English Teacher (Humanities)

Faculty / Full-Time

The Academy at Penguin Hall, Wenham, MA

The Opportunity

The Academy at Penguin Hall, an innovative college preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12, seeks a dynamic English teacher beginning in the 2023-24 academic year. Successful candidates will have a degree in the field and high school (or possibly middle school) teaching experience. The position will include teaching five sections (likely 9th grade World Literature, 10th Grade American Literature, and a writing workshop or elective), developing curriculum, and working as part of a collaborative department. Experience in teaching writing is required, and experience creating interdisciplinary units is preferred. Other responsibilities include serving as an advisor, sponsoring a club and/or activity, and participating broadly in the life of the school. 

Our Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a flexible, innovative educator with deep content knowledge and an infectious enthusiasm for guiding students to become informed readers, writers, and critical thinkers. They will have command of pedagogical best practices to develop students’ reading, writing, and research skills, and be passionate about the integration of literature with history and other subjects. They will model a growth mindset, actively pursue professional development, and be an effective collaborator with a high-performing, fun-loving faculty. Most importantly, they will have both an understanding of and love for working with girls in grades 9-12.

The Academy at Penguin Hall seeks and supports diversity in its faculty and staff, and seeks candidates who will contribute to anti-racism and anti-bias principles and practices in and out of the classroom. 


  • Teach five classes to multiple grade levels (likely 9th grade World Literature, 10th Grade American Literature, and a writing workshop or elective)
  • Develop students’ writing and analysis skills in a student-centered, discussion-based environment
  • Develop an inclusive classroom culture that supports the well-being of all students
  • Plan student-centered, innovative lessons, materials and assessments
  • Provide appropriate differentiation to support individual learners in the classroom
  • Routinely reflect on lessons, seek feedback and demonstrate desire to continually grow one’s teaching practices
  • Participate in curriculum development and review to create a unified curriculum of reading and writing; propose and teach new electives as appropriate
  • Collaborate and communicate regularly with other faculty, administration and parents about the academic, social, and emotional health of students
  • Serve as advisor to a small group of students
  • Participate in the professional life of the school by attending meetings, serving on committees and carrying out other duties as directed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in English or related field; advanced degree preferred
  • At least three years experience teaching literature and writing
  • Effectively differentiates instruction and can successfully use a variety of teaching strategies to meet students’ needs
  • Proven track record of creating equitable and inclusive curriculum and classroom 
  • Uses technology thoughtfully and creatively to enhance teaching and learning
  • Demonstrates ability to question thoughtfully and problem-solve effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills


About The Academy at Penguin Hall

The Academy at Penguin Hall is a dynamic independent school for girls in grades 9-12 situated on a 50-acre campus on the North Shore of Boston in Wenham, MA. With a mission of educating, enlightening and empowering young women to live and to lead exemplary lives, our college preparatory program fosters adventurous thinkers and compassionate leaders who embrace a culture of kindness and academic accomplishment. Our program is based on current research about how girls learn best, and moves students beyond a mastery of fundamental skills to the excitement of inquiry, iteration and reflection. In addition to competitive salary and benefits, faculty enjoy working in a collegial, growth-oriented, and joyful community. We seek faculty who will actively contribute to an equitable and inclusive learning environment where all can thrive academically, personally and professionally.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQ educators, or educators from communities that are historically underrepresented in independent schools. We are committed to an inclusive school experience for all those who come to work at The Academy at Penguin Hall.

The Academy at Penguin Hall is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, genetics, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, veteran or active military status, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by state, federal or local law.

The Academy at Penguin Hall

Wenham, MA
High School