Lower School Assistant Teacher – Long-Term Substitute

Faculty / Temporary

The Fessenden School, Newton, MA

About Us

The Fessenden School is an independent day and boarding school serving 541 students in Pre-K to Grade 9 in West Newton, MA. The Fessenden School’s mission is to teach, nurture, and celebrate growing boys; cultivating each boy’s individual potential and developing in balance his mind, character, heart, and body in an inclusive and joyful community. For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind.

Position Summary

The Assistant Teacher/Substitute helps Pre-K to Grade 4 teachers with duties, classroom activities, specialist classes, recess and lunch. Substituting covers all the teaching of a classroom teacher or specialist teacher when they are absent from school or need coverage during the day. Subbing may include any grade level in the Lower School.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Substitute in various classrooms in the Lower School (Pre-K – Grade 4) on short and long term bases.
  • Perform duties as assigned by the division head and assistant head.
  • Learn the general curriculum in language arts, social studies and math in the designated grades. 
  • Understand the integration of equity, inclusion, and social justice. 
  • Exemplify the School’s mission and community principles, including the core values of honesty, respect and compassion. 
  • Perform duties such as supervising drop-off and dismissal, recess, and lunch.
  • Maintain all documentation connected with the curriculum and students.
  • Attend professional development meetings.
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance.
  • Maintain current CPR/AED and first aid certification and child abuse prevention training.


  • Remainder of the School year through June 7, 2024.
  • Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience in instructing children in academic, athletic, or camp programs.
  • Enthusiasm and communication skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills to manage 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, social justice, diversity, and equity.
  • A commitment to boys and boys’ education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
  • 2+ years experience working in an independent school setting.

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, and 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.

The Fessenden School

Newton, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Day, Boarding