The Siena School is seeking full-time elementary teachers (grades 3-5) who are passionate about teaching and our mission of serving bright children with dyslexia and similar learning differences. We are looking for highly collaborative teachers committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests. Siena relies heavily on multisensory and differentiated instruction.
The Siena School is one of the nation’s leading independent schools serving bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia (www.thesienaschool.org). In response to ongoing enrollment growth and significant parent and professional interest, Siena is opening a second campus in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. We are hiring for all teaching positions at the school starting Fall 2021! The school will open with grades 3-8, and then add grades into high school.
At The Siena School, teachers encourage students' creative expression, incorporate student interest and passions, and develop critical thinking by creating a vibrant, student-centered environment that supports the learning and personal growth of each student. Siena faculty and staff work collaboratively with students, parents and professionals to create a nurturing but rigorous learning environment. We know our children well and engage them on a daily basis in exciting, intellectual dialogue. Through individualized, multisensory instruction, students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners. A positive learning experience inspires our students to have confidence in themselves and their abilities.
Siena teachers work with students in small classes of 10:1 and address individual needs through both small-group and individualized instruction. They are skillful in establishing a strong relationship with students and creating learning opportunities that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their learning needs.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone inquiries please.
Teaching in-person at the school and via Zoom in synchronous and asynchronous models
Sharing teaching responsibilities with other teachers in the classroom
Advising students and working with students, parents, and other teachers to fully develop a picture of students’ strengths and learning needs
Creating lesson plans and adapting curriculum to teach Language Arts, math, social studies, and science
Regular and consistent communication with students, parents and colleagues
Masters/advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience (preferred), or Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record and demonstrated career interest in education.
Strong language skills and a desire to make a difference for students whose intellect is ahead of their literacy skills.
Promoting joyful student engagement and a commitment to the education of students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences are essential.
Comfort level with elementary-age children, student-advocacy practices, and inquiry-based instruction.
Training or classroom experience with elementary grades, differentiation and/or students with learning differences/dyslexia.
Training in multisensory, structured language approaches desirable, but not required, since Siena has targeted and ongoing professional development in reading instruction/learning differences.
Preference for teachers with skills and interest in teaching specials classes (art, music, drama, PE, etc.) as the school grows.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Citizenship, residency, or work Visa in the United States are required.
Additional Salary Information: The position includes a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and benefits package including but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, and professional development opportunities.
About The Siena School
The Siena School (www.thesienaschool.org) in Silver Spring, Maryland, is in its 15th year with an expanding enrollment. The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences. Siena enrolls approximately 40% students of color. The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who are regularly published and have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.