Kindergarten Teacher (Co-Teaching Model)

Faculty / Full-Time

Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

About Shady Hill School: 

Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of approximately 530 students (PreK – Grade 8) and 90+ 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 3-8 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 (classroom teachers) are responsible for developing content and implementing instruction in social studies/history, language arts, and mathematics, working closely with the performing arts and visual arts faculty to integrate these disciplines. 

Shady Hill School is also a teacher training institution. Its long-standing Teacher Training Center, which brings ~8 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.

About the position: 

Shady Hill School is looking for a Kindergarten Gradehead to join our Lower School team beginning in Fall 2024.  In Kindergarten, each classroom has 2 Gradeheads and ~20 students. Lower School Gradeheads are responsible for language arts/literature, social studies/history, and mathematics instruction for their classroom. The Kindergarten Gradeheads are supported by a Reading Specialist, and Department Teachers who are responsible for instruction in Movement, Library, Science and Music. 

Specific Gradehead Responsibilities:

  • Co-teach the year-long, grade level assigned Thematic Study / Central Subject which integrates instruction in language and literature, social studies and mathematics
    • Beginners: Topics of Interest
    • Kindergarten: All About Us
    • Grade 1: Community
    • Grade 2: The Charles River
    • Grade 3: Whales and Whaling
    • Grade 4: Ancient Greece
  • Co-teach mathematics using the Illustrative Math curriculum with a focus on building student understanding
  • Work closely and collaboratively with co-teacher, grade level team and department teachers to shape and refine curriculum
  • Along with co-teacher, manage all classroom responsibilities, including implementing curriculum, differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners, utilizing a variety of approaches to teaching and assessing students
  • Along with co-teacher, communicate regularly about student progress by writing reports, holding conferences with parents/guardians and meeting with other faculty and administrators to support the needs of individuals
  • Monitor the social and emotional wellbeing, and academic achievement of students
  • Serve as a full community member by attending weekly faculty meetings and performing weekly recess and dismissal duties, as well as volunteering for coverage duties when needed
  • Engage in professional development to enhance inclusive teaching and leadership practices. The school offers extensive professional development opportunities, including yearly trips to the People of Color Conference for BIPOC employees


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters degree preferred
  • At least three years of prior elementary classroom teaching experience preferred
  • Familiarity with integrated learning through a thematic approach
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging literacy, accomplished-reader skills and the craft of writing
  • Experience in helping children to construct mathematical knowledge through conceptually-based mathematics instruction that uses manipulatives and a problem-solving approach
  • Effective, timely, and professional communication skills
  • Employs multicultural, anti-bias, and anti-racist teaching strategies and materials that reflect cultural competence 

Finalists will be expected to teach a demonstration lesson and provide a writing sample. Annual salary for faculty is determined according to a step scale commensurate with experience. 

To apply: please send a cover letter and resume to: Please be sure to include “Kindergarten Gradehead” in the subject line of the email. 

Shady Hill offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance plans and paid time off. Employees must be authorized to work in the United States. Shady Hill is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information on Shady Hill please visit us at

COVID 19 Protocols: All Shady Hill employees are required to provide proof of vaccination and to observe campus COVID protocols. All health and safety protocols are subject to change based on state, local and CDC guidelines and at the discretion of the Health and Safety Team.

Shady Hill School

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