Physical Education Teacher and Coach

Faculty / Full-Time

Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of approximately 520 students (PreK – Grade 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 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 teacher training institution. Its long-standing Teacher Training Center, which brings 8-10 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: 

The Physical Education Teacher and Coach teaches weekly physical education classes and electives to lower (grades preK – 4) and middle (grades 5 – 8) school students. Coaching 3 seasons of athletics after school is required for this position. 

Specific Gradehead Responsibilities:

  • Teach select physical education classes for grades PreK – 5
  • Teach/coach physical education electives/Thirds teams for grades 6 – 8 during the school day 
  • Co-coach an athletics team of grade 6 – 8 students in all 3 seasons (coaching is after school 3 days per week, specific days TBD and depending on sport) 
  • Attend weekly curriculum planning and department meetings, work with colleagues to design, plan and update curriculum
  • Provide department support and assist with special events such as Fitness Night, school assemblies, and Greek Olympics
  • Communicate regularly about student progress by writing reports, holding conferences with parents/guardians and meeting with other faculty and administrators to support the needs of individuals
  • Monitor the social, emotional and academic lives of students
  • Serve as a full community member by attending weekly faculty meetings, serving on committees, participating in admissions activities and performing weekly recess and dismissal duties, as well as volunteering for coverage duties when needed
  • Engage in professional development to enhance inclusive teaching and leadership practices. The school offers extensive professional development opportunities, including faculty summer study and yearly trips to the People of Color Conference for BIPOC employees


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters degree preferred, preferably in Physical Education or related field
  • Experience in physical education and athletics or related field required, with a range of teaching/coaching experience including a variety of ages and abilities
  • Volleyball, basketball and lacrosse coaching experience preferred
  • Coaching experience in some of the sports Shady Hill offers is required (cross country, soccer, field hockey, flag football, volleyball, basketball, ice hockey, fencing, lacrosse, track and field, and ultimate frisbee)
  • Effective, timely, and professional communication skills
  • Flexible and collaborative

Finalists are expected to teach a demonstration lesson. Annual salary for faculty is determined according to a step scale commensurate with experience.  

 To apply: please send a cover letter and resume to: Please be sure to include “Physical Education Teacher” in the subject line of the email. 

Shady Hill offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance plans, a school-matched retirement plan and paid time off. Shady Hill is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information on Shady Hill please visit us at

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