Skills Center Teacher
  • Teacher

The Fessenden School, West Newton, MA

Accredited by AISNE

About Us

The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 9th Grade in West Newton, MA. 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 seeks a full-time Skills Center Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. The Skills Center Teacher provides one-on-one remediation and support for boys in Grades K–9 who have been identified as needing additional instruction in reading and writing. Full time Skills Center Teachers typically meet one-on-one with 8-10 students two to three times per week.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meet with individual students in a tutorial setting for remedial reading and writing and/or curriculum and organizational support
  • Design individualized lessons using a systematic, multisensory approach to teaching reading and writing, such as Orton-Gillingham or Wilson
  • Ability to develop and provide differentiated instruction to meet the learning needs of a range of students
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with parents, both orally and in writing through emails and bi-annual narrative reports
  • Communicate and partner regularly and effectively with classroom teacher(s), both orally and in writing
  • Collaborate with teachers and colleagues in the Learning Resources Department
  •  Attend parent-teacher conferences and Student Support Team meetings
  •  Incorporate educational technology in tutorial lessons and support student use of assistive technology in the classroom
  • Administer standardized assessments such as the CTOPP, Woodcock-Johnson, and WIST and write testing reports that include an analysis of results and recommendations for remediation as needed
  • Provide supervision at family-style lunch for both Middle School and Lower School on designated days
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance
  • Attend faculty meetings, typically on Mondays from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
  • Attend professional development meetings, three full day and three afternoon
  • Maintain current CPR/AED & first aid certification and child abuse prevention training
  • Exemplify the School’s mission and community principles
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Director of Learning Resources or the School

Desired Qualities

  • Commitment to inclusion, justice, diversity, and equity
  • Enthusiasm and skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to perform critical thinking, organization, collaboration, prioritization, and problem solving
  •  Ability to serve among a diverse community of colleagues, students, and parents
  •  Commitment to boys and boys’ education
  •  Current with curriculum and 21st century learning and teaching

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related subject
  • Experience in instructing children in reading and writing in one-to-one or small group settings

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in special education or language and literacy development and/or certification in a reading program such as Orton-Gillingham and/or Wilson
  • Teaching certification

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.

To Apply

Submit an application through Fessenden’s Career Site.  A cover letter, resume and contact information for three references are required.