Grade 1 Lead Teaching Position
  • Teacher

The Chestnut Hill School, Chestnut Hill, MA

Accredited by AISNE

Apply here by emailing your resume and cover letter to Chris Cunningham, Academic Dean. 

The Chestnut Hill School, founded in 1860 and located in Newton, Massachusetts, is a co-educational, independent school educating students from Beginners (age 3) through Grade 6. The School lives its commitment to academic excellence, diversity and community, recognizing that these inextricable values are required to optimize learning, a sense of belonging, civility, and compassion. CHS graduates stand up for their beliefs, express their thoughts, and care about the rights and feelings of others. We welcome applications from individuals who are willing to join a warm, inclusive, and joyful school community and able to contribute to the fulfillment of our mission.

Position Summary

The leave replacement teacher is responsible for collaborating with the other members of the Grade 1 teaching team in planning and implementing curriculum, assessing the educational development of their students, communicating with families, and supporting the mission of the school. This position will be needed from May until June of 2019.

The Lead Teacher will:

  • Support the mission of the school.

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all students.

  • In collaboration with grade-level colleagues, plan and implement the academic program.

  • Participate in professional development regarding social identity, social bias, and social justice, and demonstrate inclusive practices.

  • Implement the Open Circle curriculum and attend to the social and emotional

    development of individual students and the class as a whole.

  • Develop and administer assessments to evaluate student progress toward learning


  • Differentiate teaching methods, assignments, and/or assessments to meet students’ needs.

  • Maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to student learning and safety, and order materials to support the classroom environment.

  • Communicate regularly with families concerning student progress and information about academic programming and classroom events.

  • Plan and conduct parent-teacher conferences.

  • Write narrative progress reports to record and communicate students’ progress.

  • Support and supervise classroom interns or associate teachers, as applicable.

  • Manage classroom administrative tasks, including taking daily attendance and ordering materials.

  • Perform dismissal, lunch, and recess duties as assigned.

  • Plan field trips and other activities to enrich the educational experience.

  • Attend staff meetings as scheduled.

  • Participate in all-school activities, such as Admissions open houses and the Carnival, that take place outside of regular work hours.

  • Regularly update curriculum materials.

  • Engage in regular professional development opportunities to ensure continual growth and renewal.

  • Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the head of school or academic dean/dean of faculty


  • Master’s degree in education or related field

  • Experience working with children in this age range

  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues

  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

    Core competencies:

    Equity and inclusion

    Employee lives the stated mission of the school, and values and respects diversity in all facets of school life. Employee promotes equity and inclusion in work with students, families, and colleagues.


    In keeping with Chestnut Hill School’s commitment to a strong community, employee exemplifies cooperation and collaboration, demonstrates leadership when necessary, is a supportive team member when needed, and assists others to ensure deadlines and goals are met.


    Employee exercises clear, constructive, and appropriate communication with students, colleagues and administration in written and verbal communication.

    Critical observation and problem-solving

    Employee shows ability to not only gather information but to also interpret, analyze, and suggest next steps based upon data. Employee assesses problems and utilizes all available resources to resolve challenges through proper channels.