The Brearley School, an independent girls’ school serving over 700 students K-XII, welcomes candidates for the position of Head Teacher in Class V. This is a full-time maternity leave position that begins August 16 and ends January 19.
Class V is the first year of Middle School at Brearley and, following the model of our Lower School, the Head Teacher is the major adult presence at School for both the student and her parent, serving as a guide, the primary educator, and source of communication and organization. The Class V Head Teacher oversees a homeroom of sixteen to nineteen fifth-grade students, teaches English, History, and Geography, and nurtures the students as they develop greater responsibility, independence, and self-advocacy. An advanced degree in Education or a related field and 5 years of relevant teaching experience are preferred.
During the Middle School years, we embrace a student's right to ask questions and not always have the answer, to experience the joy of discovery through process, and to challenge both her own opinions and those of her peers. Middle School is a time of spontaneity and joy, of encountering adversity and exploring avenues to overcome it, of mentorship from cherished adults, of forging life-long connections with friends new and old.
Founded in 1884, the school is a center of intellectual exuberance, attracting students from across and beyond New York City. Our mission has long combined outstanding academics with an insistence on a larger purpose: we seek to prepare our students for principled engagement in the world. In pursuit of this goal, we actively strive to build, nurture and sustain a diverse faculty and student body. We are committed to instilling the values and practice of antiracism in our students, and we expect our faculty, staff, students, parents, and trustees to pursue meaningful change through deliberate and measurable actions.
We count on our faculty to create and maintain an atmosphere of honesty, generosity, and respect for the thoughts, efforts, and feelings of others.
We educate our students within a network of teachers who know them for years and recognize that children grow and flourish in their own time with the support of a curriculum that responds to their intellectual needs. As the Brearley curriculum has evolved through thoughtful, deliberate collaboration, we encourage all faculty to bring fresh ideas and new insights that might enhance a strong, beloved foundation.
The ideal candidate will:
possess competence in anti-racist pedagogy
commit to helping students think independently and develop confidence in their own abilities
have a genuine passion for and command of their subject matter
possess excellent communication skills
collaborate eagerly, and
bring to their work a collegial spirit and a sense of humor.
The Brearley School is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to hiring exceptional, dedicated teachers of diverse backgrounds. We consider qualified individuals for employment with the School regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other state or federally protected classification.
About The Brearley School
The Brearley School, an independent school for girls, was founded in 1884 to provide its students with a college-preparatory education equal in rigor to that of boys, and, in the words of the mission statement today, to prepare them for “active responsible citizenship in a democratic society.” Within a highly articulated 13-year curriculum, and with a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching methods are varied, flexible and pragmatic, taking into account individual patterns of development and ways of learning. The School’s program is designed to challenge eager, able students intellectually, and to give each one the opportunity to gain competence, self-reliance and self-knowledge through academic achievement as well as experience in the visual and performing arts, sports, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Brearley’s K-12 enrollment is divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, and consists of about 747 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.