Upper Elementary Head Teacher

Faculty / Full-Time

Touchstone Community School, Grafton, MA

Upper Elementary Head Teacher 

Our mission at Touchstone is to cultivate a joyful learning community committed to creating a more innovative, just, and sustainable world. Touchstone seeks a full-time early childhood or lower elementary teacher for the 2024-25 school year. This individual is a reflective, life-long learner passionate about play-based, place-based, and thematic or project-based learning. This person deeply respects childhood and is committed to progressive education, anti-racist and anti-bias learning environments, eco-literacy, emergent and integrated curriculum, and nature-based education.

Touchstone Community School is a co-educational independent day school that enrolls approximately 70-90 students, ages 2.9 through 8th grade. It is located in Grafton, MA, with a five-acre island campus in Upton. Touchstone offers a progressive, hands-on environment, where a natural pace of development is respected and play, community, integrated curriculum, and social justice activism are emphasized. 

An exemplary Touchstone teacher is one who is:

  • Dedicated to collaborating with colleagues and partnering with parents
  • Willing to learn and utilize Responsive Classroom and/or Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Experienced with a multi-sensory approach to reading, writing, and spelling, such as Orton-Gillingham 
  • Experienced teaching a constructivist approach to mathematics, with a focus on conceptual understanding
  • Passionate about outdoor-based education and eco-literacy
  • Able to developing integrated and thematic learning experiences 
  • Familiar with using design thinking strategies for building empathy

Minimum Requirements:

  • Possession of an undergraduate degree, at minimum; previous teaching experience, preferred
  • Experience in or understanding of progressive education
  • Commitment to anti-bias, anti-racist, and anti-homophobic education
  • Knowledgeable and appreciative of the developmental needs of 10-12 year olds and dedicated to supporting students’ individual academic, social, and emotional development

Touchstone welcomes candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and learning.

Touchstone Community School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family composition, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to sallyk@touchstoneschool.com.

Touchstone Community School

Grafton, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
Day
All Gender