Mixed Age Classroom Teacher/ Special Educator (2nd-4th)

Faculty / Full-Time

Applewild School, Fitchburg, MA

JOB SUMMARY:  Would you like to work with a very small cohort of students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLDs)? If so, we are looking for the founding educator for our 2nd-4th grade Foundations program. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

  • Provide instruction utilizing best practices and proven methodologies to a mixed age group of students
  • Conduct initial assessments to formulate academic and social-emotional goals for each student 
  • Coordinate with school personnel and parents to ensure student needs are being addressed
  • Utilize multisensory approach, modeling and metacognitive strategies when instructing.
  • Use micro-units to structure tasks while providing practice and review to reach automaticity
  • Build lesson plans that provide specialized instruction for each student according to need
  • Monitor student progress, behavior patterns and, in conjunction with the school counselor, address social-emotional needs
  • Work closely with parents and communicate with families effectively
  • Be upbeat and welcome the opportunity and challenge to change the trajectories of student lives daily


  • Masters Degree in Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 
  • Orton-Gillingham certification (Associate Level minimum) or willing to immediately pursue the necessary training to become certified. Must be committed to staying current with best practices for educating this population with the Orton Gillingham approach. 
  • Experience working with students with ADHD, executive function, anxiety, and other educational challenges which are often comorbid with LBLD.
  • Experience teaching thematically, in ways that capture student interests while achieving curriculum standards.
  • 3-5 years experience in a language-based classroom setting
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated skills in working effectively and collaboratively as a team player
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written
  • A desire and passion to help students with LBLD realize their full potential. 

Candidates should send a letter of interest, and resume to Amy Jolly, Head of School to employment@applewild.org (please indicate position in subject line).

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position requires the ability to use stairs, walk across hilly campus, and lift up to 50 lbs.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL:  Founded in 1957, Applewild School serves preschool through ninth-grade students. The School has a small residential life program for students in grades 5-9. Applewild has long served students with mild to moderate learning disabilities as part of its core program. However, the School sees a need in the community to serve a broader range of students. As a result, Applewild sponsored the creation of “Foundations at Applewild” for students with diagnosed Language-Based Learning Disabilities. When fully enrolled, Foundations will educate 18-24 students in grades 2-8 in three LBLD classrooms. Foundations students have a separate homeroom classroom and take part in larger specials with their school peers. Such as: music, performance arts, P.E., art, design, recess and lunch. 

Applewild has been a cherished community institution since 1957 and we are courageously re-imagining ourselves to evolve our programs to offer a compelling and relevant education. We have a main campus in Fitchburg, Massachusetts which is approximately one hour from Boston. We offer preschool through 9th grade, including a small junior boarding program for students in grades 5-9. In 2014 we opened a satellite location in Devens which serves preschool through third grade and is growing. We also have “Foundations at Applewild” which is located on the Fitchburg campus and serves students in grades two through eighth with diagnosed language-based learning disabilities. 

We are thankful to draw a broad range of students from over 32 towns and several countries, and well over half of our students receive financial assistance in order to attend. Our core values and competencies lay the foundation for a culture that encourages respect, honesty, compassion, and fairness. Our faculty have invested in their professional growth to create an educational environment that is deeply metacognitive — our goal is to teach children to be the protagonists in their own educations. At Applewild, we know that once children feel emotionally safe and valued for who they are, then children will avail themselves to deeper and more authentic learning experiences. 

When considering adult additions to our community, we are very interested in growing our diversity and in diverse perspectives and experiences. We seek smart, creative, and thoughtful professionals who are interested in trying new things knowing that some failures are intrinsic to cultivating a culture of progress. We are looking for professionals who care deeply about developing the next generation for a future we know will be marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Intellectual curiosity, cognitive agility, passion, and emotional resiliency are paramount for success. We are committed to offering a progressive but proven curriculum, so professionals seeking to join our community must be keen on teaching using student-centered and project-based learning. We are a small school so everyone wears multiple “hats” to meet the needs of our community. 

The School is accredited through the Association of Independent Schools of New England and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools. 

Applewild School is an equal opportunity employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.  We welcome individuals that add to the diversity and vibrancy of our community.




Applewild School

Fitchburg, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Boarding, Day
All Gender