Grade Two Classroom Teacher
The Fessenden School, Newton, MA
The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 9th Grade in West Newton, MA. 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.
The Fessenden School’s Lower School seeks a second grade teacher for a self-contained class of 14 to 17 boys. The second grade teacher is responsible for teaching math, social studies, language arts, and reading and to assist in the teaching and integration of Spanish, science, library curriculum and the arts. Providing a rich and varied learning environment fosters engagement and challenge which are key to building the foundational skills for independent learning. Also, a focus on the social and emotional growth of the students is an important aspect of the program as the students learn how to build solid relationships with their friends and teachers in the Lower School.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Teach and stay current with curriculum for math, social studies, language arts and reading, and 21st century learning
- Incorporate project based learning, educational technology, differentiated learning and cultural competency into lessons
- Integrate racial literacy curriculum and actively teach and model inclusion, equity, and social justice.
- Partner with other second grade teacher to coordinate consistency in curriculum and programs within grade level
- Integrate social emotional learning
- Collaborate with learning resources department to provide a coordinated approach for students with learning differences
- Exemplify the School’s mission and community principles, including honesty, respect and compassion
- Participate in and help facilitate all division and grade level activities
- Collaborate with colleagues within grade level, division, department and student support services, including the
- Learning Resources Department
- Perform duties such as supervising drop off and dismissal, recess, lunch
- Maintain all documentation connected with the curriculum and students
- Review potential student applicants throughout the year
- Attend faculty meetings; typically on Mondays from 3:00pm to 4:15pm
- Attend professional development meetings after school
- Maintain regular and reliable attendance
- Maintain current CPR/AED & first aid certification and child abuse prevention training
- Other duties as assigned
Orientation: August 22nd and 23rd
School Year: August 29th to June 13th
Monday to Friday 7:35 am – 2:50 pm
- Bachelor’s degree
- Two years of experience in instructing children in an academic program
- Ability to develop and provide differentiated instruction to meet learning needs of a range of students
- Enthusiasm and communication skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships
- Strong supervisory and leadership skills to manage and control a classroom
- 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 criminal background check
- Master’s degree in early and/or elementary education
- Teaching 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.
Submit an application through Fessenden’s Career Site. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references are required.
The Fessenden School encourages applications from candidates with diverse or minority backgrounds.
The Fessenden School believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, conditions, and privileges of employment.
We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas