Lower School Faculty Intern / Floater (September 2019 – June 2020)

Dexter Southfield, Brookline, MA

Accredited by NEASC

Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Through a classical education and innovative programming, students learn to lead with confidence and serve with compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just minutes from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, performing arts venues, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our School’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

About Us

Our lower school faculty is made up of highly talented and professional members who demonstrate exceptional commitment to instructing, engaging and encouraging students to use their knowledge and skills to achieve post-secondary education goals. If you are passionate about sharing your love of learning at the elementary level, this role offers you the opportunity to do so in one of the region’s most respected private schools. At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We offer a culture and community in which students, faculty, and staff feel valued and respected. 

About You

You are an emerging elementary school teacher who seeks to share your love of learning with others while also gaining broad experience in early childhood education through academic rotations that will expose you to various subject areas, class levels, and learning opportunities. As a highly energetic and productive self-starter, you demonstrate excellent organizational and relationship building skills, flexibility, and adeptness at guiding students in the classroom and in their extracurricular pursuits. You enjoy the rhythm and energy of an independent day school and demonstrate integrity, humor, and sound judgment in everything you do.

To be successful in this role, you must be able to:

  • Embrace a culture of high expectations that allows every student to achieve positive results in a supportive, academically rigorous learning environment
  • Demonstrate flexibility in teaching and assisting lead teachers in various subject areas and class levels
  • Develop, implement, and present age-appropriate lesson plans that align with school standards and support the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of each child
  • Collaborate with peer faculty and grade level partner to develop curriculum, projects, and assessments using a variety of approaches and techniques (e.g., text, project-based, web-based, cooperative learning, discussion groups, field trips, homework, etc.)
  • Present lesson plans and provides instruction in the areas of math, reading, social studies, science, English, spelling, and vocabulary suitable to the developmental age and subject matter of students in this age group
  • Provide timely and ongoing communication and feedback to administrators, faculty, and parents
  • Identify unique student needs and collaborate with teachers and academic support specialists to effectively address those needs and employ differentiated instruction
  • Foster a learning environment that promotes character, respect, and goodwill
  • Demonstrate a commitment to collaboration, training, and professional development to remain current with educational standards, emerging technology, classroom resources, and pedagogy
  • Actively participate in faculty meetings, in-service programs, and training workshops
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School or his/her designee

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in teaching required
  • Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) and possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents
  • Desire to be further trained in teaching principles, theories, methods, behavior management techniques, and conflict resolution strategies
  • Desire to develop deeper understanding of the academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of students in this age group
  • Interest in a possible graduate-level teaching fellowship
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and collaborate effectively
  • Desire to pursue graduate-level coursework in general education or assigned subject area(s)
  • At least one year of full-time elementary teaching experience preferred
  • Ability to be flexible, effectively manage stress, and adapt to changing work priorities and assignments


At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We offer a culture in which employees feel valued, respected, and rewarded.


Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and completed employment application to Stewart Tucker, Assistant Head of School, at stucker@dextersouthfield.org.