Upper School English Teacher (West Newton)

Company: The Fessenden School

Position: Upper School English Teacher Grades 7-9

Position Type: Full Time Faculty, Exempt

Start Date: 8/21/23

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 is looking for a creative, motivated, organized, and collaborative English teacher to connect with boys in grades 7-9. The teacher is responsible for teaching four classes of 14 to 16 boys and is a member of the Upper School team.  Being a collaborative member of the Upper School team is essential to the Fessenden model of having an integrated and a cross discipline approach to learning. Candidates should also have a deep knowledge of middle school literature and be prepared to creatively promote an appreciation for reading, literature, and critical thinking. The ability to prepare engaging lessons that effectively address the needs of our diverse community is an important aspect to all teaching roles at Fessenden.

The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Teach and stay current with curriculum and 21st-century learningIntegrate racial literacy curriculum and actively teach and model inclusion, equity, and social justiceIncorporate project based learning, educational technology, differentiated learning and cultural competency in lessons
  • Collaborate and facilitate character education and service-learning programs with Upper School Head Exemplify the School’s mission and community principles, including honesty, respect, and compassion 
  • Participate in and help facilitate all division and grade-level activitiesCoach a sport and/ or supervise guided study hall
  • Collaborate with colleagues within grade level, division, department and student support services, including the Learning Resources Department
  • Perform duties such as supervising drop off and dismissal, recess, lunch; being a homeroom teacher and/or advisor, grade team member, student club facilitator: leading/assisting with fall orientation, grade trips, overnight grade trips, and events.
  • Maintain all documentation connected with the curriculum and studentsAttend biweekly team meetings
  • Attend faculty meetings; typically on Mondays from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pmAttend professional development meetings; three 8:30am to 4:00pm and three 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance
  • Maintain current CPR/AED & first aid certification and child abuse prevention training
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Orientation August 21 & 22
  • School year August 28 to June 11 
  • Mon – Fri 7:30am to 4:30pm

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related subject
  • Two years of experience in instructing children in an academic program
  • Ability to develop and provide differentiated instruction to meet learning needs of a range of students
  • Enthusiasm and communication skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills to manage and control a classroom
  • Ability to perform critical thinking, organization, prioritization and problem solving with minimal supervision
  • Ability to serve in a diverse community of colleagues, students, and parents
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, justice, diversity, and equity
  • A commitment to boys and boys’ education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education or related subject
  • 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.  Other pertinent materials may be submitted as well if desired.