Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, New Jersey is an independent Sacred Heart school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. We are currently seeking a full-time Grade 2 Lead Classroom Teacher within our Lower School starting in the 2020–21 school year.
Rooted in the more than 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart, the mission of Princeton Academy is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. Princeton Academy has established itself as an outstanding school for boys that educates the whole child: intellectual, spiritual, moral, social, emotional, and physical. Princeton Academy seeks candidates who believe in the mission and vision of the school.
At Princeton Academy, each boy and his family are seen, known, heard and valued. Fostering a joyful learning environment that prepares young boys for the first steps along their educational journey is the primary goal of our Lower School experience. Princeton Academy has created a program that meets the varied needs of our young gentlemen, steeped in years of gender-based research on how boys learn best, including differentiated learning. The social, academic and physical development of each boy is paramount. Academic programs, based on best practices for boys, have been created to meet Lower School boys' physical and social needs, learning styles and broad interests. Movement is incorporated into the learning environment, making it easy for boys to engage in learning. The result is: they love to come to school.
The Grade 2 Lead Classroom Teacher plans the instructional program and teaches to the highest standards through whole and small group lessons that are both age-appropriate and address individual student needs. Experience with lesson planning and unit mapping that delivers a clear scope and sequence is necessary. Experience with the Reading and Writing Workshop model, Word Journeys, and the Singapore Math program is beneficial, but not necessary. Comfort in planning and executing lessons that thoughtfully integrate age-appropriate technology within the curriculum, while also addressing digital citizenship is paramount. Fostering hands-on, project-based learning experiences that enrich the lives of the students is key to the Lower School program. A good sense of humor, a positive outlook, and an appreciation of the unique qualities of the age group are essential.
The Grade 2 Lead Classroom Teacher will also work closely with division level-partners, Classroom Teaching Specialists, the Student Support Team and the School Leadership Team (SLT) to ensure all students make academic and social-emotional progress, and that families are informed and supported. Clear and effective communication with families includes, but is not limited to, two family-teacher conferences, two progress reports, two semester report cards, and updating the Grade 2 class page weekly. Candidates must show a strong willingness to receive feedback regularly, grow professionally, significantly contribute to the life of the school, and be eager to work in a culturally and ethnically diverse school community, committed to social justice, equity, and inclusion.
Interested candidates should have three or more years of teaching experience with a background in elementary education; bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred. Experience within a lower school environment (K-4) is valued. The position requires clear collaboration and communication with all community constituents, specifically the head of lower school. In addition to homeroom responsibilities and divisional duties, there are additional opportunities for leadership and engagement based upon the candidate’s interests and skills.
This position requires:
A strong belief in the mission and vision of Princeton Academy, the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria and Princeton Academy’s Learning Principles for Boys are essential
A joyful and inspirational approach to teaching and learning, along with an articulated desire to work with boys
Collaboration with Lower School faculty
Presenting well-planned lessons with appropriate work in and outside of the classroom with a focus on the integration of subject areas, problem-solving, and creativity
Integration of technology and a variety of mediums into classroom lessons
Maintain an organized, pleasant, and inviting environment that supports creativity
Enthusiastic about working collaboratively to build curriculum and improve pedagogy
Commitment to professionalism and excellence
Commitment to continuous growth and improvement
Organized and able to manage multiple tasks
Socially conscious and wants to make a difference in the world
Sense of humor, energetic, optimistic, gregarious
Effective communicator, orally and in writing
Interested candidates are asked to submit:
A letter of interest
A current resume
A statement of educational philosophy
List of references
Please submit materials electronically via email attachment to Head of Lower School Paris McLean at firstname.lastname@example.org. Princeton Academy will acknowledge receipt and contact you.
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
About Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, an independent all-boys Catholic school serving grades K-8, is committed to academic excellence within the context of a faith-based community.
Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We stress the total development of each child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical.
Our philosophy is rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart, which educates children to become leaders of a just society by adhering to the following five goals:
I. A personal and active faith in God.
II. A deep respect for intellectual values.
III. A social awareness that impels to action.
IV. The building of community as a Christian value.
V. Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.