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Founded in 1926, Wooster School, a co-educational, K-12, college preparatory day school with an enrollment of approximately 375 students, is located in Danbury, Connecticut. Wooster educates a diverse population of students in academic ability, socioeconomic background, and ethnicity. The School is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. Wooster is a community of thinkers, learners, and creators. By combining tradition, innovation, and the power of relationships, we produce curious, capable and compassionate learners who possess the skills and dispositions to be successful and fulfilled learners for life.

Part-Time Upper School Math Teacher

Wooster School is seeking an Upper School Math Teacher. This is a part-time position.

The ideal applicant is someone who has significant experience with and a passion for working with Upper School students. This person has a curious mind and constantly is looking for ways to engage all students, while developing innovative and progressive curriculum and pedagogy. We seek a candidate who has a persistent disquiet with the status quo and will join us in challenging traditional methodologies for math instruction. While this role is at present for Upper School, this person has the capacity also to teach Middle School students. An understanding of personalized learning models and also the Mastery Based Consortium is encouraged. Having a curious, positive, active, and collaborative disposition is essential.

Candidates should have at least two years teaching experience and preferably possess specific experience teaching geometry to students. Wooster expects teachers to creatively collaborate across departmental lines and to build an integrated curriculum. A commitment to lifelong learning, building relationships, creating compassion, and developing community are pillars of teaching and learning in this setting.

Math Teacher Expectations

  • Deliver high quality, rigorous, personalized instruction
  • Participate in the development of math curriculum and innovative pedagogy
  • Collaborate with colleagues, coordinators, and directors
  • Participate in student life
  • Incorporate online or blended strategies into the curriculum

Minimum Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or a related field; advanced degree(s) preferable, but not required.
  • Experience working with high school aged children. Independent school experience is preferred.
  • Patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor.

Hours and Schedule

This would be a part time schedule - with hours varying.

Salary and Benefits

This is a part time position. Salaries are competitive with other local independent schools.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teaching and Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Technical Theater Teacher

Wooster School is seeking a Technical Theater Teacher. This is a part-time position.

The Technical Theater position requires an inspirational educator who can influence, motivate and encourage our learning community through design and technical theater creation. Using our two purpose-built Makerspaces and our on-campus theater facility, the teacher will empower staff and students in using technology and making to develop their creative skills.

The Technical Theater teacher will understand how technical theater can enhance the capacity of all learners. The Technical Theater teacher will work closely with the Performing Arts Coordinator and Innovation and Design Coordinator to ensure the spaces and the program provide innovative and transformative opportunities across the divisions.

This position requires a demonstrated knowledge of equipment and software in the areas of theatrical lighting, electrics, projection, and sound. The ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, students, guest artists, and other professionals representing a wide diversity of personalities is imperative. The Tech Theater teacher will need to be able to guide, advise, train, mentor, and lead students and staff . This role will require a teacher to be calm and collected under pressure with a strongly demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and follow schedules and instructions.

Essential Duties

  • Advises and oversees all aspects of theatrical production work in a range of venues, ensuring safety throughout the process.
  • Carries out duties while exercising a high degree of autonomy and discretion.
  • Oversight of scenic fabrication including but not limited to dimensional and engineered lumber, sheet materials, standard scenic tools, scenic rigging, and scenic fabrics.
  • Work in conjunction with the leadership team to recommend tutors, psycho-educational evaluations, etc.
  • Oversees 3 curricular productions per year and coordinates a theater production workshop program.
  • Participate in development and implementation of production policies that ensure safe working conditions and high organizational and artistic standards for productions.
  • Train, mentor, and supervise students during supervised tech rehearsals.
  • Maintain and improve designated theater equipment and facilities.
  • Lead several technical theater workshops per year.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience in the field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Teaching

This part-time Wooster teacher is asked to teach 2 sections of math. Geometry knowledge is a plus.

Salary and Benefits

This is a part time position. Salaries are competitive with other local independent schools.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teaching and Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Middle School Learning Specialist

Wooster School is seeking a Middle School Learning Specialist. This is a full-time position.

The Middle School Learning Specialist works to support students with different learning styles by providing intervention and remediation. The Learning Specialist works with parents, students, and outside professionals. The Learning Specialist’s primary area of responsibility is to ensure that each student may learn and flourish academically, socially, and emotionally in a nurturing and responsive classroom and school environment.

Wooster believes that all students can achieve at their highest levels if they receive specialized instruction tailored to their unique needs. By providing support that builds on their strengths and mitigates their challenges, we strive to create an environment that is engaging and able to spark the desire to learn.

The work of the learning specialist focuses on students with language based learning disabilities, accommodation plans, and the full range of learning needs that students may present.

Specific Learning Specialist responsibilities include (but not limited to)

  • Teach learning support classes for middle school students
  • Write, manage, and communicate about all middle school learning plans
  • Communicate with students, parents, and faculty concerning students progress and learning plans
  • Work in conjunction with the leadership team to recommend tutors, psycho-educational evaluations, etc.
  • Attend weekly grade level meetings
  • Push into content area mainstream classes to support students and faculty
  • Be a part of the middle school faculty team that provides interventions to students in need
  • Teach in the Bridge program as either a content or support instructor
  • Oversee and lead PPT meetings
  • Read admissions files for incoming students and make recommendations to the leadership team
  • Manage accommodations for students with standard testing accommodations and internal assessment practices
  • Act as an advisor to an assigned group of students
  • Participate in Wooster’s extracurricular program as a club leader, coach and/or chaperone
  • Meet with middle school faculty to support best pedagogical practices
  • Manage student support and overview of our assessment tools and systems

Expectations and Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in Special Education
  • At least three (3) years of successful experience in the classroom
  • Special education certification and Wilson certification preferred
  • Involvement in coursework and staff development related to reading, writing, literacy, curriculum, assessment, technology
  • Experience in leadership roles
  • Ability to model for, work with, plan with, and coach others

Salary and Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with the local independent schools. Competitive benefits package includes health coverage.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teaching and Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Bridge Program Teacher

Wooster School is seeking a Bridge Program Teacher. This is a full-time, 10-month position.

The Wooster School Bridge Program believes that students with language-based learning disabilities can achieve at high levels through specialized instruction tailored to their unique needs, support that builds on their strengths and mitigate their challenges, and an environment that is engaging and sparks their desire to learn. Wooster believes that students’ learning experiences must be tailored to their individual needs, skills, and interests, and enable them to take ownership of their learning.

This Bridge Program Teacher will work with our 10th grade student cohort to: support students with different learning styles by providing intervention and remediation; support teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs within the classroom; work with parents, students, and outside professionals in order to better support students with special needs, and collaborate with colleagues to support students’ learning.. The educator’s broad area of responsibility is to ensure that each student may learn and flourish academically, socially, and emotionally in a nurturing and responsive classroom and school environment.

Bridge Program Teacher Expectations and Responsibilities

  • Prepares, implements, and monitors, and documents data concerning a strategic plan for ongoing intervention and remediation.
  • Teaches both literacy lessons and STEM support sessions with a small group instruction model.
  • Participates in a class push-in and collaborative consultant model with content area teachers.
  • Possesses a deep understanding of the diverse learning needs of students with disabilities, including how to support students’ executive functioning challenges.
  • Establishes and maintains frequent communication with parents, administration, and teachers about students’ academic, social, and emotional progress and needs. Holds parent meetings as needed concerning student progress and transition plans for the following year.
  • Supports efforts to ensure that the planning and implementation of services seamlessly meet the needs of students with disabilities, reduce the stigma of special education, and maximize accessibility to enable students with disabilities to meet high standards.
  • Assist classroom teachers in the implementations of learning accommodations.
  • Remains current with accepted and appropriate instructional practice and research. This includes engaging in regular and strategic professional development to advance the role of the Learning Specialist.
  • Uses Bridge Success Criteria to assess and analyze student strengths and needs.
  • Performs necessary duties including but not limited to advisory, after school activities and chaperoning.

Professional Development

Wooster teachers are empowered to take initiative in developing innovative curriculum and best practices in their disciplines. This is likely to include experiential, interdisciplinary, and collaborative learning. An understanding of Making Thinking Visible, Harvard Project Zero, metacognition, and John Hattie’s research are important elements of being a teacher at Wooster, and one through which the School supports its teacher-learners. Ongoing learning in your content area, mindfulness, regular reflection, and cognitive science are integral aspects of the teacher-learner story at Wooster.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Valid Teacher Certification preferred
  • Masters Degree in Special Education or closely related field required
  • At least three (3) years of successful experience in the classroom, working with students with learning disabilities
  • Familiarity with Orton-Gillingham, multisensory approaches to learning
  • Capacity to support students towards gaining independence in high school level math, sciences, and humanities coursework.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with the local independent schools. Competitive benefits package includes health coverage.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Elizabeth Higgins
Director of Teaching and Learning
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Wooster School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we provide a work environment that welcomes diversity. In addition to a competitive salary, employees receive retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long term disability and life insurance benefits.

All employees are subject to a criminal background check before any contractual offer is final.

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