Upper School History Teacher – Long-Term Substitute

Faculty / Full-Time

The Fessenden School, Newton, MA

About Us

The Fessenden School is an all-boys independent day and boarding school serving 541 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 9th Grade in West Newton, MA.  The Fessenden School’s mission is to cultivate each boy’s talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.  For more than 100 years, The Fessenden School has offered state-of-the-art facilities, curriculum, and programs specifically designed to meet the educational needs of boys.

Position Summary

The History Teacher is responsible for teaching 4 classes of 12-15 boys, being a member of one of the grade teams, advising a small group of students and supervising study halls as assigned. The Upper School history curriculum focuses on building the skills required to comprehend the nuances of history. Our PBL approach guides students to incorporate varied perspectives, analyze primary resources, and authentically demonstrate their learning. The ultimate goal is to help students build the critical thinking skills necessary to understand how the events of the past impact the present.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Teach and stay current with curriculum and 21st century learning

  • Incorporate project based learning, educational technology, differentiated learning and cultural competency in lessons

  • Integrate racial literacy curriculum and actively teach and model inclusion, equity, and social justice

  • Collaborate and facilitate character education and service learning programs with Upper School Head

  • Exemplify the School’s mission and community principles, including honesty, respect and compassion

  • Participate in and help facilitate all division and grade level activities and meetings

  • Coach a sport and/ or supervise sports study hall as assigned

  • Collaborate with colleagues within grade level, division, department and student support services, including the Learning Resources Department

  • Perform duties such as supervising drop off and dismissal, recess, lunch; being a homeroom teacher and/or advisor, grade team member, student club facilitator: leading/assisting with fall orientation, grade trips, overnight grade trips and events.

  • Maintain all documentation connected with the curriculum and students

  • Attend faculty meetings; typically on Mondays from 4:30pm to 5:45pm

  • Attend professional development meetings; three 8:30am to 4:00pm and three 3:00pm to 5:00pm

  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance

  • Maintain current CPR/AED & first aid certification and child abuse prevention training

  • Other duties as assigned


  • January 2025 to April 2025

  • Monday – Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education or related subject

  • Teaching certification

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related subject

  • Ability to develop and provide differentiated instruction to meet learning needs of a range of students

  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment

  • Enthusiasm and communication skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships

  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills to manage and control a classroom

  • Ability to perform critical thinking, organization, prioritization and problem solving with minimal supervision

  • Ability to serve in a diverse community of colleagues, students and parents

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, justice, diversity and equity

  • A commitment to boys and boys’ education

  • Successful criminal background check

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that are essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. The requirements for performing the duties of this position are as follows:

  • Frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear

  • Regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch and/or kneel

  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds

  • Majority of work is performed in a school/classroom environment, and the noise level in the environment is usually moderate

Interested and qualified candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references through the Fessenden Career Website. Other pertinent materials, such as a digital portfolio, may be submitted as well if desired.

The Fessenden School

Newton, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Day, Boarding