Middle School Science Teacher

Faculty / Full-Time

Dexter Southfield School, Brookline, MA

About Dexter Southfield 

Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Students learn to lead and serve with character, confidence, and compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just minutes from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, performing arts venues, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

About Our Team

Our Science Department is made up of highly talented and professional members who demonstrate exceptional commitment to instructing and engaging students. We encourage students to apply their knowledge and skills to achieve their secondary and post-secondary education goals and remain lifelong learners. If you enjoy working with middle school students and want to develop their love of science, this role offers you a great opportunity to join one of the region’s most respected private schools.

About You

You are an experienced middle school teacher who seeks to share your love of science and interest in design thinking with others. Being a highly energetic and productive self-starter, you demonstrate a love of teaching and thorough command of the subject matter. You have excellent organizational and relationship building skills, are adept at guiding students in the classroom, and support their extracurricular pursuits. You enjoy the rhythm and energy of an independent day school and demonstrate integrity, humor, and sound judgment in everything you do. This role offers you the opportunity to design and implement cutting-edge programming in STEM, STEAM, and design in Dexter Southfield’s new design and makerspace.

To be successful in this role, you must be able to:

  • Prepare and deliver lessons to middle school students on topics as outlined in the School’s curriculum
  • Engage diverse learners in the design process as part of a project-based learning science curriculum
  • Nurture an interest in design thinking and support facility with design tools in our maker space
  • Support development of student passion projects in our new maker space
  • Develop entrepreneurial and service-based, student-designed projects
  • Support learning in the area of computer coding
  • Supervise student projects and laboratory work
  • Evaluate and grade students’ class work, laboratory performance, assignments, and papers
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues in the Middle School and across divisions to address teaching and research issues
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with School policies, departmental matters, and academic issues
  • Act as an advisor to students and participate in campus and community events
  • Fully engage in School-sponsored professional development programs and department meetings
  • Remain knowledgeable of instructional and curriculum trends, goals, and objectives
  • Coach and/or advise at least two extracurricular activities, including sports and clubs
  • Actively support an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, diverse identities and perspectives, and respect for all voices
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in design, engineering, or physical science field.; advanced degree in subject matter preferred
  • At least three years of full-time teaching experience, preferably with at least three months of full-time remote teaching experience
  • Experience overseeing maker space facilities highly desirable
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer coding and design programs such as CAD or Adobe InDesign
  • Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents
  • Ability to plan, organize, develop, and conduct comprehensive lesson plans and instruction
  • Demonstrated knowledge in teaching principles, theories, methods, behavior management techniques, and conflict resolution strategies
  • Understanding of academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of middle school students
  • Ability to create and contribute to an engaging and inclusive learning environment and workplace
  • History of continued education or professional development
  • Ability to be flexible, effectively manage stress, and adapt to changing work priorities and assignments

At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We value a diverse and inclusive community in which different identities and perspectives are respected to create a sense of belonging for all.

To apply for this position, please apply online through our Careers page at www.dextersouthfield.org/careers.

Dexter Southfield School

Brookline, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
All Gender, Boys, Girls