Lower School Learning Specialist
  • Learning Support
  • Teacher

Dexter Southfield, Brookline, MA

Accredited by NEASC

About Dexter Southfield  

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.” 

Immediate Opening, On-Campus Assignment

About Us 

Our lower school faculty is made up of talented professionals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to instructing, engaging, and encouraging students to use their knowledge and skills to achieve their education goals. This role offers you the opportunity to share your passion and love of learning 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 both employees and students feel valued and respected.  

About You 

You are an experienced lower school teacher (PreK-Class 5) with a demonstrated love of teaching and thorough command of elementary school academics. You have excellent organizational and relationship-building skills and are adept at guiding students in the classroom. 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:  

  • Foster a culture of high expectations to allow every student to achieve positive results in a supportive, academically rigorous learning environment 
  • Help students gain self-awareness of their learning style, needs, and strategies for academic success 
  • Provide 1:1 academic coaching for students with specific focus on executive functioning skills (e.g., time management, organization, study skills, notetaking, test taking skills, and goal setting)  
  • Write comments that give an accurate reflection of a student’s work and progress, as needed  
  • Lead team meetings to share information regarding learning styles, diagnoses, test scores and meaning, recommended classroom/teaching strategies, and accommodations
  • Conduct file review and maintenance; read and review psycho-educational and learning evaluations    
  • Collaborate with other faculty to discuss strategies and resources and facilitate academic transitions 
  • Serve as a study skills instructor, introducing key steps to a mastery 
  • Coordinate timely and ongoing communication and feedback to faculty and parents  
  • Identify unique student needs and collaborate with teachers and learning specialist colleagues to effectively address those needs and employ differentiated instruction 
  • Create a learning environment that promotes character, respect and goodwill 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to 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  

Skills and Qualifications 

  • Master’s Degree in related field, with preference for special education or speech-language pathology 
  • Orton-Gillingham training and certification, preferably at the associate level or above 
  • At least two years of full-time teaching experience using OG with the target population 
  • At least three months of full-time remote teaching experience highly desirable.
  • Math teaching experience highly desirable
  • Demonstrated experience working with 504/independent educational plans 
  • Professional membership in subject-related organizations and/or licensure 
  • Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) and establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents 
  • Demonstrated knowledge in teaching principles, theories, methods, behavior management techniques, and conflict resolution strategies  
  • Understanding of the academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of elementary-aged students 
  • Ability to plan, organize, develop, and conduct comprehensive lesson plans and instruction  
  • Ability to provide a motivating and engaging learning environment 
  • History of continued education or professional development in general education or assigned subject area(s) through in-service training programs or independent studies 
  • Ability to be flexible, effectively manage stress, and adapt to changing work priorities and assignments  

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and completed employment application to Carmen Aliber, Director of Human Resources, at caliber@dextersouthfield.org.