Lower School Homeroom – Grade 1- Teacher
The Pike School, Andover, MA
Lower School Homeroom Teacher Position
The Pike School
A Pike education ignites a lifelong journey of discovery. Our community, including our teachers, are at the heart of Pike. We ground our work in building connection, inspiring curiosity, and cultivating the learning and growth of each of our students. A Pike education liberates human potential and possibility to transform ourselves and our world and is rooted in our motto, Non Sibi Solum. We value:
- Authenticity: We embrace the identities of every person.
- Intellectual Ambition: We foster curiosity, inquiry, engagement, and initiative in learning.
- Social Good: We care for ourselves, for one another, and for our community.
As a new school year, new strategic initiatives, and a healthier world await us, we believe we are on the cusp of this brighter future, a world more worthy of our children. If you are also looking ahead – inquisitive, hopeful, and eager, would you like to help create the future with us?
Working at Pike means immersing yourself in a student-centered culture and compassionate, diverse community. We endeavor to be an exemplar for transformational education and a center for purposeful learning, leadership, and impact. In partnership with the Division Head, Director of Academics, and Director of Equity and Justice, our teachers strive to build upon and strengthen a culture of inclusion and belonging where students of all identities thrive and faculty and staff possess the competencies to support our diverse student body. Opportunities for strategic thinking, innovation and learning are plentiful. If you’re passionate, motivated, and can’t help but dream about what’s possible for all children – we invite you to take a closer look at Pike. The Pike School, an independent elementary school in Andover, MA, serves approximately 450 students, of all genders, in grades pre-kindergarten through nine. Learn more about our commitment to possibility.
The Pike School is seeking a Lower School Lead Teacher beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. Lower School (K-4) teaching teams consist of a total of three teachers who collaboratively design the best possible experience for their students. This teacher will be responsible for a homeroom class of approximately 12-15 students, and will work closely with the two other teachers on their team. Collaboration and effective communication are essential skills for this position, as are a sense of humor and joy for working with students in this age group and for all of the subject matter included in the curriculum for the primary grades.
- Designing, planning, and implementing instruction for an anchor classroom of approximately 12-15 lower school students. Academic subjects in the self-contained classroom include reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science.
- Acting in a homeroom teacher/advisor capacity; focusing on the social-emotional development of students, requiring a deep understanding of child development in the primary grades.
- Assessing, documenting, and communicating effectively about student growth and development.
- Understanding of and willingness to use multiple approaches to instruction based on student need; differentiating tasks and implementing accommodations and modifications for individual students.
- Partnering with administrators, staff, learning services, counselors, and specialists in support of the student learning experience.
- Writing report cards three times per year to document student progress in regards to Pike’s Essential Outcomes.
- Meeting with families for twice-yearly conferences about academic progress and social-emotional development, and on an as-needed basis throughout the school year.
Desired Qualities and Qualifications
- A passion for working with students in this age group and a record of outstanding teaching as well as thoughtful innovation moderated by a skillful and sensitive approach to change.
- A growth mindset and the ability to develop positive working relationships with all constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, and administration.
- High emotional intelligence and sensitivity to organizational dynamics; exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience with engaging students in class discussions, fostering critical reading, writing, and problem-solving skills.
- Desire to work in a dynamic independent school as a team player, eagerly assuming many roles, and devoting the time required to model excellence in job performance.
- Commitment to professional growth, a collaborative approach for planning, instructing & supporting students, research/evidence-based practice, and Pike’s values of equity and justice.
- Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 3-5 years classroom experience.