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1st Grade Teacher

Job Details

The Fessenden School - West Newton, MA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Exempt / Salaried


About Us

The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 541 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 9th Grade who come from all over the world.  The Fessenden School’s mission is to cultivate each boy’s talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.  For more than 100 years, The Fessenden School has offered state-of-the-art facilities, curriculum, and programs specifically designed to meet the educational needs of boys.



Position Summary

The Fessenden School’s Lower School seeks a dynamic First Grade Teacher who will guide 14 to 17 boys through an educational experience that will be filled with joyful learning. The First Grade Teacher is responsible for teaching math, social studies, language arts, reading, and character education which is embedded in all the disciplines. The Lower School Homeroom Teacher will also work in collaboration with specialists who teach Spanish, science, library information & skills, music, PE, and art. The Lower School homeroom teacher will be a member of a Lower School team committed to the alignment of practices and approaches that center honesty, compassion and respect, and that support boys’ needs, learning styles, and spirit.




Orientation dates: August 19th and 20th, 2024.

Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm from August 26th, 2024 to June 10, 2025. 

Monday faculty meetings from 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Create and plan lessons that connect to curriculum and sequential units that have been developed in collaboration with the other 1st grade teacher and Lower School Curriculum Coordinator.

  • Partner with other first grade teacher to coordinate consistency in curriculum and programs within grade level.

  • Incorporate educational technology, universal design principles, and character education into our students’ learning experiences.

  • Collaborate with colleagues, Lower School Curriculum Coordinator, Head of Lower School, Assistant Head of Lower School, and the Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion to incorporate multicultural education into the 1st grade curriculum.

  • Teach and stay current with curriculum for math, social studies, language arts and reading

  • Collaborate with the learning resources department to provide a coordinated approach for students with learning differences.

  • Communicate compassionately and effectively with parents about student progress and class activities in a timely and consistent way, both verbally and in writing.

  • Exemplify the School’s mission and community principles, including honesty, respect and compassion. 

  • Participate in and help facilitate all division and grade level activities.

  • Collaborate with colleagues and student support services in support of student growth both socially and academically.

  • Perform duties such as supervising dismissal, recess, and lunch.

  • Maintain all documentation connected with the curriculum and students.

  • Review potential student applicants throughout the year.

  • Attend faculty meetings; typically on Mondays from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm.

  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance.

  • Maintain current CPR/AED & first aid certification and child abuse prevention training.

  • Monitor recess outdoors at least once a day.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Two years of experience in instructing children in an elementary classroom.

  • Ability to develop and provide instruction that meets the learning needs of a range of students.

  • Enthusiasm and communication skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships.

  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills to facilitate learning in a healthy learning environment.

  • Ability to perform critical thinking, organization, prioritization and problem solving with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to serve in a diverse community of colleagues, students and parents.

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, justice, diversity and equity.

  • A commitment to boys and boys’ education.


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in early and/or elementary education.

  • Teaching certification. 

  • Special education license and/or course work.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that are essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. The requirements for performing the duties of this position are as follows: 

  • Frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear. 

  • Regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch and/or kneel.

  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

  • Majority of work is performed in a school/classroom environment, and the noise level in the environment is usually moderate.