Renbrook School (West Hartford, CT), an independent day school for children age three to grade eight, seeks a full-time, experienced Grade Four teacher for the 2023-2024 school year. This position reports to the Director of the Lower School.
The successful candidate will possess the following personal qualities:
A love of teaching and an infectious optimism.
A growth mindset with an eye toward continuous improvement.
A love of children and a playful sense of humor.
Teach in alignment and support of the mission and values of Renbrook School.
Design lessons that are active and interactive; and teach units and educational experiences in collaboration with other grade-level teachers, specialist teachers, and learning specialists.
Use effective and positive teacher language to promote academic and social growth, as well as rapport with every student and family.
Incorporate students’ cultural identities and lived experiences into the classroom as tools for effective instruction.
Teach in alignment and support of Renbrook’s Diversity and Belonging mission and values.
Collaborate with other faculty, the Head of Lower School, specialists, the school counselor, and/or learning specialists to develop programming and monitor student progress.
Start each day with students in a way that sets a positive tone for learning utilizing Responsive Classroom methods and structures.
Use differentiation to meet the needs of various levels of learners in each classroom.
Build and maintain a professional relationship with parents, providing them with feedback and information through weekly emails, parent/teacher conferences, written Report Cards, and other correspondence as needed.
Actively participate in weekly collaborative planning with grade-level teachers, during faculty meetings, and in fulfillment of other duties as assigned.
Proactively communicate with colleagues and parents (in both written and verbal form) in a highly professional, collaborative, and positive manner at all times.
Keep abreast of research/studies on learning through articles, books, webinars, podcasts, workshops, and trainings etc.
The review of candidates will begin immediately with an expected start date of August 21, 2023.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package including generous leave policies, tuition remission, retirement plans, comprehensive health insurance, as well as life insurance and disability protection.
All applications must be provided via e-mail. Please send a cover letter, resume, and teaching philosophy statement, included together in one PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Grade 4" in the subject line. References will be contacted later in the interview process.
A Master's Degree (preferred) or Bachelor's Degree in elementary education or related field.
At least five years' teaching experience.
A strong understanding of child development and the unique needs of upper elementary students.
A proven record of positive and constructive peer-to-peer collaboration.
Founded in 1935, Renbrook School is a pre-eminent preschool through ninth grade co-educational independent day school located in West Hartford, Connecticut. The school enrolls 330 students from 30 cities and towns in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Renbrook experience is defined by a high degree of academic rigor, personalized attention as a result of small class sizes, a nurturing environment, and an emphasis on values and respect among members of a tight-knit community.
Renbrook School is an affirmative action - equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability, including but not limited to blindness, veteran status, sexual orientation, and other protected classes.
Renbrook School will make a reasonable accommodation to known disabilities of a qualified applicant or employee, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on its operation.