The Swain School, a preschool through grade 8 independent school located in the Lehigh Valley, seeks a middle grades Humanities teacher. The school seeks candidates who are innovative, technology-savvy, have a firm grasp on teaching pedagogy, knowledge of literature and history, and embrace the unique developmental stages of intermediate and middle school-age students.
Teachers at Swain are dedicated to creating vibrant classroom communities that inspire students to achieve academic excellence, develop a strong sense of character and act responsibly in a changing world. Swain teachers meet regularly and work collaboratively within discipline and across division and are actively involved in the life of the school outside their classrooms.
Teach a discussion-based, inquiry-driven English and history program for intermediate or middle grade students
Possess a passion for teaching and children
Design innovative instructional methods to meet the needs of diverse learners’ academic, social and emotional growth
Assess and report with frequency students’ progress and performance, including writing end-of-term reports
Attend divisional, full-faculty, and parent meetings as needed
Develop and coordinate curriculum across disciplines with Specialists and other teachers
Conduct a well-managed, mutually respectful classroom environment
Engage in continued professional development
Experience teaching intermediate or middle school age students
Training in research-based best practices and current teaching methods
Experience applying Responsive Classroom, Balanced Literacy, Harkness, and Teacher’s College Writers Workshop methods a plus
About The Swain School
At The Swain School, we provide the environment for Preschool - 8th graders to thrive. We embrace their individuality and diversity. We focus on excellence in academics integrated with the arts, athletics and technology. In a warm, welcoming and supportive environment, our students develop their own leadership skills and self-confidence, gain an appreciation of character values, such as honesty, integrity and compassion and become aware of the global community. Our graduates tell us that the transition from a smaller, nurturing environment to a larger secondary school setting is an easy one for them. They feel prepared, both personally and academically, to make their place in the world.