Employment

Founded in 1926, Wooster School, a co-educational, 3-12, college preparatory day school with an enrollment of approximately 375 students. The School is located in Danbury, Connecticut and, by design, educates a diverse population of students in terms of academic ability, socioeconomic background, and ethnicity. Wooster is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.

While Wooster’s traditions of self-help and relationship-building have long been recognized as strengths, our more recent commitment to innovative approaches to teaching and learning are making us a leader in the independent school world. We are committed to a learner-centered environment for our students, and to exploring the full potential of competency-based and personalized teaching and learning.

Middle School History Teacher

Wooster School seeks a History teacher with a strong background in middle division history. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, teaching experience at the Middle School level, and a capacity, flexibility, and desire to teach across grade levels and perhaps divisions. Candidates should be curious students of the art and science of teaching and learning. They should demonstrate a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition, and should have experience and be interested in innovative history teaching and the use of technology. Depending on the instructor’s background and interest, the possibility of designing a new course and teaching in our Deep Learning Initiative may be part of this position. Knowledge of and experience with competency-based education (CBE) and Teachers College Reading and Writing Program is a significant plus. Interest and willingness to learn about them is a must.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our afternoon programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Ms. Elizabeth Higgins, Humanities Coordinator
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Head Middle School and Assistant Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach

Wooster School seeks an experienced lacrosse coach to be the Head Girls Middle School coach and Assistant Girls Varsity coach for the spring 2020 season. We are looking for a coach who possesses strong leadership skills, a positive, education-based approach to athletics, and a deep understanding of the sport of girls’ lacrosse. As Head Middle School Coach, the key responsibilities include planning and running daily practices, game day coaching, travel to and from away games, attending meetings, responding to requests from varsity coach, overseeing care and maintenance of all equipment, and handling administrative tasks as needed. Our Assistant Varsity Coach will be a person who can collaborate with our varsity coach in all aspects of the program and in concert with Wooster’s mission and values. The successful candidate will be dynamic, energetic, and motivated, and committed to working with high school students within the context of a day school committed to promoting health and wellness, teamwork, good citizenship, and sportsmanship. This position reports to the Athletic Coordinator.

Qualifications and skills required for the position:

  • Adhere to the Athletics philosophy of Wooster School.
  • Attend all preseason and postseason meetings scheduled by the Athletics Department.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the sport and experience leading/organizing a team.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for working with high school students.
  • Commitment to working collegially in a diverse community and communicating effectively with a diverse population.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Some evening and weekend hours required.

Salary & Benefits

This is a part-time position. Salary is commensurate with work experience.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references :
Mrs. Charlotte Wood, Assistant to Head of School
charlotte.wood@woosterschool.org

Upper School History Teacher

Wooster School seeks a History teacher with a strong background in upper division history. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, teaching experience at the Upper School level, and a capacity, flexibility, and desire to teach across grade levels and divisions. Candidates should be curious students of the art and science of teaching and learning. They should demonstrate a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition, and should have experience and be interested in innovative history teaching and the use of technology. Depending on the instructor’s background and interest, the possibility of designing a new course and teaching in our Deep Learning Initiative may be part of this position. Knowledge of and experience with competency-based education (CBE) is a significant plus. Interest and willingness to navigate CBE is a must.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our afternoon programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Ms. Elizabeth Higgins, Humanities Coordinator
elizabeth.higgins@woosterschool.org

Spanish Teacher

Wooster School seeks a full-time Spanish teacher with a strong background and experience in the teaching of Spanish. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, knowledge of and experience with ACTFL standards and competencies, teaching experience at both the Middle and Upper School levels, and a capacity, flexibility, and desire to teach across grade levels and divisions. Candidates should be curious students of the art and science of teaching and learning, particularly in the context of competency-based education and personalized instruction. They should demonstrate a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition, and should have experience and be interested in innovative teaching and the use of technology.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our afternoon programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Ms. Luz Palmero, Language Coordinator
luz.palmero@woosterschool.org

Technology Teacher

Wooster School seeks a technology teacher to help construct and execute a vision for a 5-12 curriculum sequence rooted in robotics and coding. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, teaching experience at both the middle and upper school levels, and a capacity and desire to teach across grade levels and divisions. S/he will be a curious student of the art and science of teaching and learning, and be interested in identifying opportunities and leading group(s) of students in competitions on and off-campus. S/he will be a lifelong learner and demonstrate a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition. Interest and experience in competency-based education and the use of the LMS platforms that facilitate it is a significant plus, as is experience with making and digital design.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our afternoon programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Dr. Brian Sullivan, STEM Coordinator
brian.sullivan@woosterschool.org

Upper School Math Teacher

Wooster School seeks a Math teacher with a strong background in upper division mathematics. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, teaching experience at the Upper School level, and a capacity, flexibility, and desire to teach across grade levels and divisions. Candidates should be curious students of the art and science of teaching and learning, particularly in the context of mathematics. They should demonstrate a flexible, positive, and a can-do disposition, and should have experience and be interested in innovative math teaching and the use of technology. Depending on the instructor’s background and interest, the possibility of designing a new course and teaching in our Deep Learning Initiative may be part of this position.

The Role

Full-time Wooster teachers:

  • Participate in our advisory program
  • Play a role in our afternoon programming
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continued professional development

Salary & Benefits

This is a full‐time, exempt position. Salaries are competitive with local independent schools. A competitive benefits package includes retirement, health insurance, tuition remission, short and long-term disability, and life insurance.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to:
Ms. Parvin Taraz, Assistant Director of Teacher Learning
parvin.taraz@woosterschool.org

Tutor for Specialized Therapies

Specialized therapy tutors support our Grade 3-12 students with language based learning differences by providing interventions and remediation while working with parents, teachers, and outside professionals on best practices. Specialized therapy tutors should have training and experience using the Orton Gillingham method and programs like the Wilson Reading System and the Just Words Program. In addition, tutors should be well versed in teaching comprehension strategies, specifically using Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing program.

Wooster believes that students with language based learning differences can achieve at high levels if they receive 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. Students at Wooster also develop deep connections to each other, their teachers, and other adults.

The work of the specialized tutor focuses on students with language based learning differences.

Specialized tutor responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Prepares and implements a strategic plan for ongoing intervention and remediation.
  • 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.
  • Remains current with accepted and appropriate instructional practice and research. This includes engaging in regular and strategic professional development.
  • Uses formative, interim, and summative assessments to document student progress and achievement; assesses and analyzes student strengths and needs; designs and implements appropriate instruction to facilitate learning and growth.
  • Gives input to teachers regarding student Progress Reports as deemed appropriate and necessary.
  • Be available and committed to ongoing verbal dialogue and conversations with the parents and the Wooster community.

Experience/Qualifications

  • Training in the Wilson Reading Program (certification preferred) or Orton-Gillingham certification
  • Training in Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing
  • At least three (3) years of successful experience as an educator or reading tutor
  • Valid Teacher Certification (preferred)
  • Reading certification or working toward the successful completion of literacy certification (preferred)
  • Understanding of Wooster’s Vision: Purpose, Promise and Belief
  • Ability to model for, work with, plan with, and coach others.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with work experience.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of philosophy to: Antoinette Fornshell, Director of Lower School & Student Learning Support at antoinette.fornshell@woosterschool.org.

Substitute Teachers

Wooster School is looking for substitute teachers with teacher training and experience with students in grades 3rd through 12th. For those interested in Grade 3 through Grade 5, please send resumes and letter of interest to Mary Beth Brady at mary.beth.brady@woosterschool.org. For those interested in Grades 6 through Grade 12, please send resumes and letter of interest to Missy Munk at melissa.munk@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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