The Lower School Lead Teacher creates and administers a classroom program that is conducive to student learning and which emphasizes mutual respect for all people. The position requires 5 day a week, on-campus teaching with the ability to quickly transition to our FFS@Home program whenever needed.
The Lower School Lead Teacher is flexible and committed to a continuous process for professional growth and is a collegial member of both the Lower School teaching team and of the FFS faculty and staff.
The Lower School Lead Teacher uses a variety of classroom techniques for learning and implements interdisciplinary, hands-on, project-based work, field trips, outdoor experiences, educational technologies, and collaborative work with other teachers and classrooms into the program. The Lower School Lead Teacher is competent in using the technologies and strategies necessary to teach both on campus and in a distance learning model.
Major responsibilities include developing creative and innovative curriculum, teaching all aspects of elementary classroom program, cooperating with a team in project-based learning initiatives, and participating in/directing activities. These activities include advising, lunch and recess, chaperoning field trips, offering individual help where needed, participating in admissions-related events, writing reports, and other related activities that contribute to the School community. All teachers are members of at least one school committee and engage in at least one other activity/job that benefits the school community, as determined by the Head of School, such as leading a team, organizing all-school events, or overseeing activities.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Plan and implement a creative, engaging and stimulating on campus and FFS@Home (when needed) classroom program that entails a high level of collaboration amongst students, includes interdisciplinary, project-based work, incorporates a variety of classroom techniques for learning, and utilizes educational technologies appropriately.
Promote high expectations, demonstrate a caring attitude, and establish an environment that supports social, emotional, and academic development in students.
Frequently communicate with parents and caregivers about their child’s progress (phone, email, conferences, newsletters, report cards). Be available for individual meetings when needed.
Evaluate the progress of each student through formal and informal assessment.
Use positive and productive techniques for improving student behavior.
Integrate the Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, integrity, community and stewardship into the curriculum and when interacting with community members.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required
The successful candidate is a collegial and dedicated teacher who is well versed in their subject area, able to form excellent relationships with young children and has:
a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in related age groups and subjects;
excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
the interest in and capability to work, plan, and implement project-based learning initiatives;
the ability to establish cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and parents;
strong organizational skills;
a comfort and excitement about working with children from diverse backgrounds;
a high level of interest in collaboration;
experience with using educational technologies.
BA or BS in Education, or a related field. An elementary specific certification or advanced degree is preferred.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
Be able to work both standing up and sitting down for the length of the school day
Be able to walk up and down at least two flights of stairs, supervise children on the playground, and walk between school buildings
Be able to work in a wide variety of school environments, including the buildings, gardens, playgrounds, and other areas of the campus, in all seasons
Be able to pick up children and objects up to 35 lbs.
Be able to pass all criminal record checks, background checks, and child abuse clearances