Grade 4 Head Teacher (Full Time)
Town School for Boys seeks a full time 4th Grade Head Teacher beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Located in San Francisco, Town School for Boys is a K-8 independent day school. Since its founding in 1939, Town School is committed to providing a dynamic and engaging environment that suits the developmental learning needs of boys. An intensive academic program is supplemented by fine arts offerings and outdoor education trips that take advantage of the school's Bay Area coastal location. Town School values academic excellence, respect for self and others, diversity and inclusivity, service learning, and character development. Town places a high value on maintaining a creative, collegial atmosphere among faculty members. There is an expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and strong support for a wide range of professional development opportunities.
This position involves teaching one section of 22 students. There are three weekly faculty meetings and weekly lunch and recess duty obligations. The position also involves conducting daily student morning meetings as well as supervision of daily recess breaks for students. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice each year.
Desired Qualifications and Skills:
This position involves mentoring and training a full time fourth grade intern who is part of Town’s New Teacher Institute. It also includes regular communication about the progress of the intern with the Director of the New Teacher Institute. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of teaching and experience working with students in grade 4. The candidate will have deep knowledge of the instruction of reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, science and social studies. It is the expectation that all Lower School teachers use the 6+1 Traits of Writing. Candidates should demonstrate passion for working with Lower School students and be knowledgeable about this developmental stage of growth. The candidate should have a strong background in the area of the social and emotional curriculum which is as important as the academic curriculum at Town. We ask that candidates are either comfortable with or willing to be trained in the Responsive Classroom approach. The position involves collaborating closely with other 4th grade teachers, teachers in other grades, and the Lower School Head. Candidates should be strong in their use of technology tools for teaching. Collaboration with the librarians and educational technologists is also expected. Good communication skills are essential.
All students have access to an iPad cart which students use as online resources for writing, reading, spelling, social studies, science and math. Instructional approaches and course content should be differentiated to suit a range of learning styles and reflect a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to developing and implementing innovative approaches to learning, such as using project-based learning, inquiry, and teaching for understanding/understanding by design. Cultural competency is an expectation of this candidate and includes integration of diversity and global awareness into the curriculum. Faculty should frequently communicate with other faculty and with parents about student progress. Faculty are expected to take an active role in the school by contributing to committees, chaperoning field trips, and attending student performances and athletic events.
Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
Town School for Boys is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to:
Town School for Boys
At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.
As an all boys’ school, Town provides a rich, challenging and rigorous educational experience that addresses the distinctive energy levels and developmental styles of boys. Town values being a diverse community that nurtures integrity, sensitivity and respect in its boys, and prepares them to become productive and contributing members of an ever-changing world.
· We value learning and academic excellence. We support and encourage each boy to do his best while helping him discover his strengths and talents.
· We value programs that balance academic effort, social interaction, physical activity and artistic expression while embracing character education.
· We value respect for ourselves and others. We model integrity, honesty and kindness in our daily lives and we take responsibility for our own actions.
· We value diversity, which brings the variety of perspectives that are integral to an excellent education and a dynamic community. We believe it is essential that every member of the community is equally valued and included in the life of the school.
· We value commitment to community service. We seek opportunities to improve our greater community through volunteer activities sponsored by the school as part of our role as good citizens.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.