Upper Elementary (Grades 4-5) Lead Teacher Position
Our upper elementary program has two classrooms and two lead teachers, and we have an opening for one of those positions. There will be approximately seventeen students in a mixed-age classroom of fourth and fifth graders. We are seeking an experienced teacher with a particular passion for working with students in the upper elementary years. The two lead teachers will work in a highly collaborative way to plan the curriculum (math, reading, writing, and humanities) for the entire school year, integrating Montessori method, research-based innovative teaching practices, and social-emotional learning.
We are especially looking for candidates with the following qualities:
- Team player who is willing to ask questions and work collaboratively
- Eagerness to learn and deepen one’s own capacities in Montessori method and 21st century teaching practices
- Creativity, flexibility, and a willingness to take risks and try new ideas
- Skilled in knowing how to establish positive relationships with students, parents, and colleagues
Oak Meadow School has reached a next and exciting chapter in its ongoing commitment to helping students to discover their talents and achieve their potential. Our school seeks to become a national leader in Montessori education in the 21st century. Following months of research, interviews, surveys, and meetings with teachers, parents, and community partners, we have launched a multi-year effort to integrate innovative practices and social-emotional learning into our program. In an era of innovation and entrepreneurship, Maria Montessori’s vision is still ahead of the curve, leading education in the 21st century. In addition to a deepening commitment to Montessori methodology, our teachers will continue to develop agency and capacity in innovation with the Korda Institute for Teaching, social-emotional learning with Lynne Reeves Griffin, and student assessment in association with schools in the Mastery Transcript Consortium.
Oak Meadow School begins with toddlers at 15 months and goes through eighth grade. Our school was founded in 1977 and has a reputation for matriculating eighth grade graduates to some of the finest independent high schools in Massachusetts, including Concord Academy, Middlesex School, and Lawrence Academy. High school admissions directors report that our graduates are “intelligent and articulate,” “hardwired to flourish,” “actively engaged as learners,” and “think on their feet as they grapple with moments when the answer isn’t easily discovered.”
What is most remarkable about our school is its culture. Students are kind and considerate in ways that will surprise you. Much of this is based on a school culture that includes multi-age classrooms and opportunities throughout the school year for students to be mentors and mentees across all age levels. Just as important, this is a great place to work. One teacher put it this way: “This is a nurturing and positive environment where you have the freedom to explore and try new ideas.” Teachers are especially excited about the school’s deep commitment to social-emotional learning, for the students and adults as well.
Littleton, Massachusetts is located just northwest of Concord, one of the top growth areas outside of Boston. Some of the finest public schools in Massachusetts are located in the immediate vicinity, which attracts families who value the best educational options available with housing costs lower than communities closer to Boston. Train service to Boston is easily accessible, and the beautiful outdoor resources of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Western Massachusetts are a short drive away.
- BA/BS degree required and MA preferred
- Minimum of three years of teaching experience
- A strong foundation in and understanding of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy
- Interest in current educational research about innovation and social-emotional learning
- Commitment to guiding children in the discovery of their own unique talents and potential
- Commitment to professional growth and continuing education
- Montessori certification 6-12 is preferred (training is available for a qualified candidate: Montessori certification/training is required as part of the commitment)
- Competitive salary
- Matching IRA plan
- Dental, Health, and Flexible Spending (FSA)
- Extensive professional development opportunities
- Tuition reimbursement program for eligible employees seeking Montessori training
- Oak Meadow tuition remission for eligible children of full-time employees
TO APPLY, CANDIDATES SHOULD SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BY EMAIL:
- A cover letter describing your interest in the position
- A current resume
- A brief statement (not more than one page) of your educational philosophy including your background and experience with children and education
APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO:
Jay Scheurle, Head of School -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be made by email. Electronic file names should begin with your last name and indicate upper elementary position