Lower School Physical Education Teacher

Faculty / Full-Time

The Fessenden School, Newton, MA

About Us

The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 540 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.

Position Summary

The Fessenden School’s Lower School seeks a physical education teacher for grade level classes of 14 to 17 boys.  The Physical Education teacher is responsible for organizing innovative games and challenges that promote physical activity while developing motor skills, physical development, proper exercise, and teamwork among lower school students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Teach and stay current with 21st century learning and physical education best practices.

  • Order and maintain equipment in conjunction with teaching physical education classes.

  • Integrate racial literacy curriculum and actively teach and model inclusion, equity, and social justice.

  • Collaborate and coordinate with the other physical education teacher.

  • Partner with other the classroom teachers to support individual student needs

  • 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 19 & 20, 2024

  • School year August 26, 2024  to June 10, 2025

  • Monday – Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in physical education

  • Experience teaching physical education at the elementary level

  • 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 facilitate learning in a healthy learning environment

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications 

  • 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

Please apply through Fessenden’s Career Site.  A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references are required.

The Fessenden School

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