Upper School English Teacher Grades 5 through 8
The Pike School, Andover, MA
Upper School English Teacher Grades 5 through 8 – The Pike School
The Pike School
A Pike education ignites a lifelong journey of discovery. Our community, including our teachers, are at the heart of Pike. We ground our work in building connection, inspiring curiosity, and cultivating the learning and growth of each of our students. A Pike education liberates human potential and possibility to transform ourselves and our world, and it is rooted in our motto, Non Sibi Solum. We value:
- Authenticity: We embrace the identities of every person.
- Intellectual Ambition: We foster curiosity, inquiry, engagement, and initiative in learning.
- Social Good: We care for ourselves, for one another, and for our community.
As a new school year, new strategic initiatives, and a healthier world await us, we believe we are on the cusp of this brighter future, a world more worthy of our children. If you are also looking ahead – inquisitive, hopeful, and eager, would you like to help create the future with us?
Working at Pike means immersing yourself in a student-centered culture and a compassionate, diverse community. We endeavor to be an exemplar for transformational education and a center for purposeful learning, leadership, and impact. In partnership with the Department Head, Division Head, Director of Academics, and Director of Equity and Justice, our teachers strive to build upon and strengthen a culture of inclusion and belonging where students of all identities thrive. Our faculty and staff possess the competencies to support our diverse student body. Opportunities for strategic thinking, innovation and learning are plentiful. If you’re passionate, motivated, and can’t help but dream about what’s possible for all children, we invite you to take a closer look at Pike. The Pike School, an independent elementary school in Andover, MA, serves approximately 450 students, of all genders, in grades pre-kindergarten through nine. Learn more about our commitment to possibility.
The opportunity: Upper School (5th-8th Grade) English Teacher
The English department values collegiality, a sense of humor, and a passion for dynamic, forward-thinking curriculum development and instruction. A successful candidate will bring strong, culturally responsive teaching practices, a demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning, and a reflective, collaborative approach to pedagogy and planning. In order to empower curious, brave learners who are ready to contribute to social good, the skills we seek to cultivate in 5th through 9th grade students include: critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, literary analysis, and knowledge of different modes of writing. To support robust skill development in students, a successful candidate will invest in building relationships rooted in authenticity, care, and respect.
- Guiding 8-12 students in an advisor capacity; focusing on the social-emotional and academic development of those students in particular.
- Assessing, documenting, and communicating effectively about student growth and development.
- Understanding of and willingness to use multiple approaches to instruction based on student need; differentiating tasks and implementing accommodations and modifications for individual students.
- Partnering with administrators, learning specialists, counselors, and teachers in support of the student learning experience.
- Writing narrative reports three times per year to document student progress in regard to Pike’s Essential Outcomes.
- Meeting with families for twice-yearly conferences about academic progress and social-emotional development, and on an as-needed basis throughout the year.
- As a part of the Upper School program, teachers travel with their students on both day and overnight trips over the course of the year. Teachers are expected to attend overnight experiences with their students or advisees, if applicable.
Desired Qualities and Qualifications:
- A passion for working with students in this age group and a record of outstanding teaching as well as thoughtful innovation moderated by a skillful and sensitive approach to change.
- Experience engaging students in class discussions and fostering critical reading, writing, and problem-solving skills.
- A growth mindset and the ability to develop positive working relationships with all constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, and administration.
- High emotional intelligence and sensitivity to organizational dynamics; exceptional organizational, and interpersonal skills.
- Desire to work in a dynamic independent school as a team player, eagerly assuming many roles, and devoting the time required to model excellence in job performance.
- Commitment to professional growth, a collaborative approach for planning, instructing, and supporting students, research/evidence-based practice, and Pike’s values of equity and justice.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of classroom experience.