Middle School Shop Teacher

Faculty / Full-Time

Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of approximately 520 students (PreK – 8) and 70+ faculty, has been a leader in progressive education. Shady Hill is a deeply mission-driven school. We seek to develop independent, joyful and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. We strive to be a community whose values are strong and whose teachers are unafraid to engage students in important questions. The school’s program allows children to explore their worlds and test their powers.  As a school with a historical and contemporary commitment to social justice, we believe that an inclusive and equitable community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire teachers who demonstrate a mindset and skill set that prioritizes cultural competence, equity, and justice in their practice with students and in their work with colleagues.

A hallmark of a Shady Hill education is the Central Subject methodology. Students in Grades 3-8 engage in an assigned Central Subject, an in-depth, integrated study of a particular time or people in history. The year-long study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, understanding of multiple perspectives, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. Gradeheads (lead teachers) are responsible for developing content and implementing instruction in both social studies/history and language arts, with the support of performing arts and visual arts faculty to integrate these disciplines. Additionally, gradeheads in Beginners through Grade 4 are responsible for implementing instruction in mathematics.

Shady Hill School is also a teaching training institution. Its long-standing Teacher Training Center, which brings apprentice teachers to campus each year, prepares talented people for careers in education and allows each faculty member the opportunity to be a mentor and meaningful contributor to the teaching field.  Because of the school’s commitment to teacher training, the school seeks teachers with certification or a demonstrated interest in working towards certification when hired by Shady Hill School.

Basic Purpose: This full-time position provides instruction in woodworking to the Shady Hill Middle School community, consisting of students in Grades 5-8. This position is responsible for designing and teaching curriculum which empowers students by giving them both technical and conceptual visual-art-making skills.

Specific Middle School Shop Teacher Responsibilities:

  • Manage all classroom responsibilities, including designing and implementing curriculum, differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners, utilizing a variety of approaches to teaching and assessing students
  • Create and maintain a physically safe shop environment by clearly communicating expectations and systems to students, keeping the space clean and organized, and carefully monitoring every student’s use of supplies and equipment.
  • Monitor the social and emotional life of students, creating an identity-safe and caring classroom environment and community
  • Communicate about student progress, write reports, and meet with administrators and other faculty to support the needs of individuals
  • Work collaboratively with fellow visual arts teachers, Gradeheads, and members of other departments to shape and refine the curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with the Visual Arts Department Chair to obtain, maintain and organize supplies, tools and equipment
  • Engage in professional development to enhance inclusive teaching and leadership practices. The school offers extensive professional development opportunities, including faculty summer study, travel grants, and yearly trips to the People of Color Conference for BIPOC employees.

In addition, the Middle School Shop Teacher will share in responsibilities associated with the position or with membership of the faculty, such as supervision of student activities, participating in special events and outreach programs, as well as lunch and recess supervision. The Middle School Shop Teacher is also expected to attend opening and closing meetings (August/September and June) and other faculty meetings as scheduled and to serve on committees of the faculty.


  • At least three years of prior woodshop teaching, or equivalent industry experience
  • Comfort and confidence in working with a wide variety of woodworking hand and power tools
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience with diverse learners and demonstrated ability to differentiate instruction
  • Employs multicultural, anti-bias, antiracist teaching strategies and materials that reflect cultural competence
  • Effective, timely, and professional communication skills

To apply: Please send a pdf including a cover letter and resume to: apply@shs.org or Shady Hill School, 178 Coolidge Hill, Cambridge, MA 02138.

COVID 19 Protocols: All Shady Hill employees are required to provide proof of vaccination and to observe campus COVID protocols. All health and safety protocols are subject to change based on state, local and CDC guidelines and at the discretion of the Health and Safety Team.

Shady Hill School

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