Grade I Gradehead

Faculty / Full-Time

Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of approximately 520 students (PreK – 8) and 70+ faculty, has been a leader in progressive education. Shady Hill is a deeply mission-driven school.  We seek to develop independent, joyful and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. We strive to be a community whose values are strong and whose teachers are unafraid to engage students in important questions. The school’s program allows children to explore their worlds and test their powers.  As a school with a historical and contemporary commitment to social justice, we believe that an inclusive and equitable community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire teachers who demonstrate a mindset and skill set that prioritizes cultural competence, equity, and justice in their practice with students and in their work with colleagues.

A hallmark of a Shady Hill education is the Central Subject methodology. Students in Grades III-VIII engage in an assigned Central Subject, an in-depth, integrated study of a particular time or people in history. The year-long study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, understanding of multiple perspectives, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. ”Gradeheads” (lead teachers) are both humanities teachers and advisors, supporting the academic and social-emotional experience for their 14-18 students. Additionally, gradeheads in Beginners through Grade IV are responsible for implementing instruction in mathematics. Gradeheads are responsible for developing content and implementing instruction in the humanities, with the support of faculty in other disciplines, such as science, to integrate the curriculum.

Shady Hill School is also a teaching training institution. Its long-standing Teacher Training Center, which brings as many as eighteen apprentice teachers to campus each year, prepares talented people for careers in education and allows each faculty member the opportunity to be a mentor and meaningful contributor to the teaching field.  Because of the school’s commitment to teacher training, the school seeks teachers with certification or a demonstrated interest in working towards certification when hired by Shady Hill School.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with the co-teacher managing all classroom responsibilities, including designing and mapping curriculum, assessing students, writing reports, and conferencing with parents and administrators
  • Teach a year-long thematic study which integrates instruction in language and literature, science, and art (First Grade: Community: A Study of Boston and Its Neighboring Towns)
  • Monitor the social, emotional and academic lives of students
  • Serve as a full community member by attending weekly faculty meetings, sitting on committees, participating in admissions activities and volunteering for coverage duties.
  • Athletics coaching is strongly encouraged and coaching outside of the school day provides additional compensation
  • Engage in professional development to enhance inclusive teaching and leadership practices. The school offers extensive professional development opportunities, including faculty summer study, travel grants, and yearly trips to the People of Color Conference for BIPOC employees.

In addition, the faculty member will share in responsibilities associated with the position or with membership on the faculty, supervision of student activities, participating in special events and outreach programs, as well as lunch and recess supervision and other duties. Faculty members are also expected to attend opening and closing meetings (August/September and June) and other faculty meetings as scheduled and to serve on committees of the faculty.


  • Masters degree and prior teaching experience preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging literacy, accomplished-reader skills and the craft of writing
  • Familiarity with integrated learning through a thematic approach
  • Experience in helping children to construct mathematical knowledge through conceptually-based mathematics instruction that uses manipulatives and a problem-solving approach
  • A keen interest in pursuing professional development opportunities

How to apply: Please send a pdf including a cover letter and resume to: Please be sure to include “Grade I Gradehead” in the subject line of the email. Finalists are expected to teach a demonstration lesson.  A writing sample and college transcripts will also be required.

For a description of the school, refer to: Shady Hill offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance plans, a school-matched retirement plan and paid time off.





Shady Hill School

Cambridge, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
All Gender