Mary McDowell Friends School (MMFS) invites applications for a full-time Head Teacher beginning immediately. This is a temporary leave replacement position.
As a Head Teacher, you will support the mission of the school by overseeing the safety and well-being of the students in advisory, content area classes, core classrooms, and homeroom classes. You will monitor and stimulate the educational and social-emotional growth within the framework of the school’s mission by designing a challenging, creative, and developmentally appropriate curriculum to teach students with learning disabilities. You will integrate the Quaker beliefs, testimonies, and practice in all your work with students, colleagues, families, and professionals and bring your best self to work so that you may bring out the best in others.
Responsibilities and Duties
Teaching responsibilities may vary depending on the needs of specific students or a division.
Work in collaboration with the division director or academic dean to create content-specific curriculum that meets the needs of the MMFS students.
Differentiate teaching methods, instructional materials, and assessment tools to meet students' varying needs and interests.
Implement individualized and differentiated student plans for homework, organization, and behavior.
Assign and provide prompt feedback to classwork and homework.
Communicate the daily routine, rules, and procedures to your students as well as informing students of any changes within the daily schedule.
Share expectations and school policies and help to enforce rules with homeroom students.
Supervise students when participating in division-wide and school-wide activities such as silence, assembly, and meeting special guests.
Plan and supervise homeroom projects including but not limited to community service, buddy class activities, and field trips.
Create a classroom environment that provides for the organizational needs of the students.
Supervise: These responsibilities will vary from year to year and division to division depending on the teaching load of the specific teacher: Study hall/Homeroom, Snack/Community Break, Lunch duty, Clubs, Overnight Trips, Dismissal supervision, Class or Advisory
Act as the advocate for students supporting each student in his/her relationships with other teachers and acting as the primary point person with families.
Order supplies for the content subjects within the budget provided.
Notify facilities of any repairs or furniture needs for the classroom.
Structure the room so that others using the space can locate materials and feel comfortable sharing the space.
Straighten up the classroom at the end of the teaching day in such a way that enables the custodians to clean the room.
Participate in all CSE reviews and meetings.
Testify at any Impartial Hearings.
Collaborate with division directors/academic dean, speech and language professionals, OT’s, and counseling team members to address students’ needs.
Work with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of school programs.
Support, evaluate, and plan assignments with teaching partners.
Meet regularly with your supervisor to discuss the curriculum and reflect on students’ progress.
Attend weekly division meetings.
Attend full faculty meetings.
Participate in a school-wide or division based committees and ad hoc committees where necessary.
Participate in team meetings about students and their needs.
Communicate with all members of our community in a polite, thoughtful, and honest manner.
Write, edit, and submit semester and quarterly trimester reports and grades according to stated guidelines.
Communicate with parents and guardians to discuss student's needs and progress via email, written notes, phone calls and to face to face meetings.
Communicate with outside therapists, tutors, and other professionals working with our students.
Complete and submit recommendations, evaluations, and other requests for information about students.
Work to ensure clear communication with families, psychologists, therapists, and other outside providers. Seek support when necessary.
Plan for and participate in parent-teacher conferences.
Act with integrity and address all conflicts in a professional manner.
Teachers are required to familiarize themselves with faculty handbook and employment manuals and meet the expectations outlined within each.
Additional information outlining specific job requirements related to specific student needs, curriculum, division-specific duties, and schedules will be made available during meetings with Division Directors or the Academic Dean.
MA in Special Education and/or a content area specialization, required, or, MA in Education. Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, and external agencies to maximize performance, problem-solving, and achieve results. Willingness to learn and adapt to a new environment.
Preferred Education & Experience
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and G Suite applications.
Experience in the special education, private sector, or Independent School system a plus.
Familiarity with distance learning is preferred.
About Mary McDowell Friends School
Mary McDowell Friends School is a K–12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community in which all students can reach their full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society.