Lower Elementary Lead Teacher (Long-Term Substitute) – 2024-2025

Faculty / Full-Time

Derby Academy, Hingham, MA

Derby Academy, a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 coeducational day school located in Hingham, Massachusetts, seeks a Lower Elementary School Lead Teacher beginning August 19, 2024. The position is a long-term substitute for one grade level within Grades 1-3. We anticipate the position being a full-year appointment.

Rooted in the school’s motto, “Improve Both Mind and Heart,” Derby’s Lower School provides students with a joyful and rigorous academic environment. The Long-Term Substitute Lead Teacher will assume all the responsibilities of a regular Lead Teacher, working with grade-level colleagues to deliver instruction in literacy, mathematics, and an integrated science and social studies program. The classroom culture is guided by the theory and practice of Responsive Classroom and Open Circle. Our creative curriculum includes guides such as Readers & Writers Workshop, Bridges for Mathematics, and Fundations that we use to create effective instruction for each student. A collaborative spirit and a growth mindset are essential for success in this role.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • a deep understanding of early childhood development;
  • lower elementary teaching experience;
  • nuanced understanding of effective teaching practices to support literacy and numeracy development in the early elementary years;
  • enthusiasm, flexibility, and a desire to collaborate with colleagues both on a grade level, department level and across disciplines;
  • the ability to develop curriculum that focuses on authentic, real-world application of learning;
  • the ability to create activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, innovation, problem-solving, and the use of technology;
  • success in creating a supportive classroom environment in which students can learn and interact positively with one another through student-centered instruction, collaboration and authentic assessment;
  • demonstrated experience developing active and inclusive learning spaces in which students feel safe, honored, appreciated, and respected for who they are;
  • demonstrated experience with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and the impact they have on the curriculum and the community;
  • success in communicating with parents to provide timely and appropriate feedback regarding student progress;
  • a growth mindset when it comes to engaging with relevant and mission-driven professional learning to grow their practice;
  • proven desire to be involved in the school outside of the classroom;
  • the ability to consistently exercise discretion and good judgment;
  • the leadership qualities to inspire, motivate, and develop students;
  • the ability to nurture a deep feeling of community through actions and attitudes;
  • strong planning, problem-solving, and communication skills along with exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills;
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education and previous teaching experience; teacher certification preferred.

A competitive salary and benefits package includes generous funding of professional development.

Derby Academy

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