Middle School Science Teacher for Maternity Leave Position Sept - Dec 1, 2021
  • Teacher

Applewild School, Fitchburg, MA

Accredited by AISNE


The faculty member will be responsible for developing, planning and teaching geology, biology, chemistry, physics, ecology and sustainability classes to students in grades six, seven, eight and nine.  The teacher will coordinate and administer effective and timely assessments of students’ learning and prepare reports of same. 

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

  • Using present curriculum maps and course materials, and plans to teach a cohesive and sequential science curriculum, including extensive hands-on work in the lab
  • Developing new curricula and updating maps accordingly
  • Developing, planning and teaching study skills
  • Assessing and reporting on student progress using checklists, grades, comments and parent conferences
  • Communicating effectively and sensitively with parents
  • Communicating effectively and collaboratively with fellow faculty and administration on student progress and concerns
  • Attending and participating in faculty meetings and other school committee responsibilities
  • Acting as Advisor for a group of between 9-12 students (1 period/week)
  • Providing two Enrichment or Extra Help periods per week
  • Acting as a coach or assistant coach for four (4) class periods/week for a minimum of two out of the three available sports seasons
  • Non-teaching responsibilities as part of the team may include but are not limited to:
    • Lunch table supervision
    • Recess supervision
    • Study Hall supervision
    • Morning Hallway supervision
    • Afternoon Bus line supervision
    • Afternoon Car Pool supervision



  • Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, physics or earth sciences
  • 5+ years of teaching experience
  • Demonstrated respect for children and different learning styles
  • Demonstrated skill in developing curricula and balancing published materials with individually, personally created curricula
  • Demonstrated familiarity with current “best practices” in education
  • Demonstrated skills in working effectively and collaboratively as a team player
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written
  • Equivalent combination of education, training and experience



About Applewild School

Applewild has been a cherished community institution since 1957 and we use our broad programmatic and cultural roots to continuously evolve our programs to offer a compelling and relevant education. Our main campus in Fitchburg, Massachusetts is approximately one hour west of Boston and offers preschool through 9th grade, as well as a small junior boarding program for students in grades 5-9.  Our innovative “Prospect Studio” 8-9th grade program offers an interdisciplinary intellectual adventure centered around the theme “Urban Renewal, Placemaking, & Social Justice”. In 2014 we opened a satellite location in Devens which serves preschool through third grade(and growing!). We are additionally sponsoring the creation of a new school called “Foundations at Applewild” which is located on Applewild School’s Fitchburg campus and will serve students in grades two through eight with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.

We are thankful to draw a broad range of students from over 32 towns and several countries, and well over half of our students receive financial assistance in order to attend. Our core values and competencies lay the foundation for a culture that encourages respect, honesty, compassion, and fairness. Our faculty have invested in their professional growth to create an educational environment that is deeply metacognitive --- our goal is to teach children to be the protagonists in their own educations. At Applewild, we know that once children feel emotionally safe and valued for who they are, then children will avail themselves of deeper and more authentic learning experiences.

When considering adult additions to our community, we are very interested in growing our diversity and in cultivating myriad perspectives and experiences. We are looking for professionals who care deeply about developing the next generation for a future we know will be marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Intellectual curiosity, cognitive agility, passion, and emotional resiliency are paramount for success. We are committed to offering a progressive but proven curriculum, so professionals seeking to join our community must be keen on teaching using student-centered and project-based learning. We are a small school so everyone wears multiple “hats” to meet the needs of our community.

 The School is accredited through the Association of Independent Schools of New England and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools.

 Applewild School is an equal opportunity employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.  We welcome individuals that add to the diversity and vibrancy of our community.

Candidates should send a letter of interest, and a resume to Amy Jolly, Head of School to employment@applewild.org (please indicate position in subject line).