The Well School (www.wellschool.org) has been an innovative leader among elementary schools in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire for over 50 years. Since its inception, the school has offered an education focused on the whole child using a curriculum that embraces outdoor experiences and the arts and emphasizes community participation. The school’s core values of kindness, cooperation, and respect permeate daily life on campus. A deliberately small community, The Well School currently enrolls 130 students.
The First Grade Primary Teacher reports directly to the Head of School. This position is responsible for developing lesson plans; delivering group and individual student instruction within established curriculum guidelines; collaborating with other teachers, staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom issues; supervising students within the classroom and other assigned areas; and responding to a wide range of inquiries from students’ parents or guardians regarding student progress and the instructional program, among other related responsibilities.
The First Grade Primary Teacher will seek to model the school’s philosophy of education through instruction and example, and provide lessons that meet the school’s requirements as well as students’ interests and capabilities. The First Grade Primary Teacher will take precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, facilities, and keep accurate records.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Report to work by 7:3o a.m., Monday through Friday, and leave between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m., pending staff meetings, parent meetings, and classroom prep
Attend and help facilitate five Saturday school days throughout the academic year
Create and/or implement the school’s recommended curriculum
Plan and execute daily lessons
Communicate with parents about student progress, achievements, and expectations. In a classroom of 10 to 15 students, create a developmentally appropriate, positive, and inclusive culture that cultivates motivation and enthusiasm for and growth in learning
Differentiate instruction based on student level
Maintain records of student work, student progress, and attendance
Create progress reports and report cards
Collaborate with Academic Support and Specials teachers (Art, Music, Handwork, and Physical Activity)
Monitor students in a variety of educational settings(e.g. classroom, cafeteria, playground, restrooms, field trips, etc.) Handle social, emotional, and behavioral issues as they arise
Procure materials for the classroom
Report safety and wellness incidents to maintain students’ personal safety and adhere to state law
Meet with students and parents to discuss education-related issues
Work to be an example of and promote healthy interpersonal relationships with coworkers and students
Prepare for assigned classes and provide lessons at designated times
Integrate suitable use of technology
Plan and supervise assignments and activities for teacher assistants and volunteers as required
Bachelor’s degree in elementary school education or similar, Master’s degree preferred
Proficient knowledge of teaching strategies and methods
At least 5 to 10 years of experience in a school or youth-serving organization
Outstanding organizational skills
Proficient computer skills
Valid driver’s license
Availability to work extended hours on occasion
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with a professional and empathetic approach
Able to work well collaboratively
Excellent oral and written communication skills
High-energy and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere
The Well School is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
The Well School is an independent day school for Preschool through 8th grade in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The school's mission is "to inspire confidence, passion, and a love of learning in every child." Our philosophy emphasizes a solid academic and experiential foundation, small class sizes, and the importance of the arts, the outdoors, and physical activity. The Well School is a place of excellence in teaching and learning, as well as a supportive environment in which every student can grow and discover his or her whole self.