The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade 8 independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education. The cornerstone of Park's program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to his or her greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park's faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.
The First Grade teacher is a member of the school’s Lower Division and reports to the Head of the Lower Division. This 10-month position for the academic year 2020-2021 comes with the responsibility of working with faculty and staff to teach First Grade in support of the school’s mission and curricular goals. The ideal candidate will bring a history of collaborative, self-directed work as well as a good sense of humor. The ideal candidate will also have at least three years of teaching experience, preferably Grade 1, and draw upon that understanding to inspire members of the Park community.
In addition to outstanding teaching ability, the position requires expertise with the social and emotional needs of this age group and the ability to balance the encouragement of intellectual growth with creating a learning environment that supports the needs of a range of learning styles.
Roles & Responsibilities
Establish and maintain a healthy and trusting learning environment, fostering nurturing relationships with students
Design, plan, and implement learning experiences for reading, writing, math, and social studies
Collaborate with the Grade Level team and Grade Level Assistant
Participate in weekly Grade Level team meetings
Guide students in their social-emotional development, maintaining expectations and support for positive and productive student behavior
Meaningfully integrate technologies into class lessons, for online learning as well as in school
Collaborate with the Director of Equity and Inclusion to keep multiculturalism and diversity as a priority of curricular work and curriculum development
Regularly communicate with families about classroom happenings and student progress
Update documentation of current curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Maintain records of individual student progress and achievement
Partner with Literacy Specialist for individualized professional development
Participate fully in ongoing professional development
Participate in the school community, including faculty and committee work, school duties, and activities such as clubs and assemblies
To apply, visit the posting on our careers page and click apply. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of teaching philosophy with your application.
The Park School offers competitive salaries and benefits, including a strong professional development program.
We welcome candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.
Bachelor’s degree required
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education preferred
Excellent knowledge of child development, latest education theories and practices, and current trends in education and professional development
Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience, preferably Grade 1
Experience integrating the use of academic technology into classroom teaching
Familiarity with Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing programs
Experience with Wilson “Fundations” phonics program preferred
About The Park School
The Park School is a PreK to Grade 8 independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education. The cornerstone of Park's program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to his or her greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park's faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.
Park is committed to being a metropolitan, co-educational day school of diverse races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Central to its mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people. As a family school, Park is a community in which the dignity of each child, teacher, and parent is respected.