At The Caedmon School, we honor the individual and foster each child’s natural curiosity, which is the foundation of academic achievement. We nurture empathy in our students to value perspectives other than their own. Our graduates are creative, capable, and courageous, ready to make their place in the world.
The Caedmon School seeks a Head teacher for an Elementary classroom position. In accordance with our Mission Statement, we seek candidates who cherish and love children; model what is expected of our students ethically, academically, and socially; demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning; possess the skills, knowledge, and confidence to be an enthusiastic innovator; and live with a deep sensitivity and respect for others.
We seek candidates who understand the role of the teacher as a facilitator of student inquiry and the importance of a carefully prepared learning environment. They must be able to command a deep knowledge of each individual learner and an ability to anticipate their aspirations, needs, and questions.
Classroom teaching. The ideal candidate possesses an understanding of the cognitive, social, and emotional development of elementary-aged children. He or she must be versed in educational approaches that position the student as the driver of their own learning and in curricula based on student inquiry.
He or she will be able to select and/or design rich curriculum content and materials, with a depth of learning as the ultimate goal; seek opportunities to integrate special subjects into the homeroom curriculum; use diverse approaches to content to facilitate student access; and deliver the right degree of challenge to each learner. He or she will assess each learner continuously and respond nimbly to assessment results in his or her planning and teaching.
Professional growth. The ideal candidate is a perpetual learner and models this explicitly for the students. He or she is open to trying new approaches to curriculum, pedagogy, and strategies for meeting student needs; takes a receptive stance to feedback from colleagues; engages in thoughtful risk-taking in his or her teaching; and actively digs into workshops and discussions at faculty meetings and professional development events. He or she habitually reflects on his or her own teaching and the learning of each child.
Community. The ideal candidate brings a keen enthusiasm for the work; participates wholeheartedly in the life of the faculty; and conducts himself or herself professionally and warmly. He or she communicates often and clearly with colleagues about curriculum and student progress; freely shares resources and teaching strategies; and infuses planning sessions with fresh, innovative ideas. He or she practices strong perspective-taking skills whenever he or she collaborates with colleagues and families.
He or she teams with each family in the best interest of the child; remains available to them; consistently dialogues with them about the growth of their child and about the curriculum as it unfolds; and exercises excellent communication skills in speech and writing, including articulate, detailed, and accurate report cards and conferences.
Teach lessons in Math, Writing, Reading and Social Studies
Plan and work collegially with colleagues
Conduct family conferences and write narrative report cards twice per year
Attend all faculty meetings; participate in one task force each year
Meet with the administration about student growth and curriculum
Fulfill playground and lunchroom duties
Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and thoughtfulness in both lesson planning and in relating to students and families
A demonstrable dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion in curriculum planning and work with students and families
Master's degree required
2-3 years lead teaching experience required
A knowledge of, and respect for, Montessori philosophy is highly valued but not required.
About The Caedmon School
The Caedmon School is an independent school (2 year olds to grade 5) on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The professional community is a diverse, dynamic, team oriented faculty, devoted to seeing young children thrive. We seek candidates committed to equity, justice, and personal identity work. As stated in our Mission, we honor the individual and foster each child’s natural curiosity. Our Early Childhood Program is taught by Montessori certified faculty, and the Elementary program is an exciting, challenging progressive, Montessori-inspired program.