Founded in 1926, Wooster School, a co-educational, Pre 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.
10th Grade Humanities Teacher
Wooster School is seeking an experienced teacher of history with a strong background in writing and the Humanities who is interested in joining a 9th and 10th Grade Humanities team as a collaborative co-teacher for 10th grade. This is a full-time, 10-month position.
The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree and/or teaching experience in history and a deep understanding of process in writing. Candidates should also be voracious readers and seekers of new knowledge with a deep desire to foster that same disposition in our students. Experience as a teacher of both history and writing at the secondary or postsecondary level are a plus. Applicants should be familiar with the workshop model of reading and writing, and have a demonstrated history of integrating student choice into their classrooms. Applicants should also be curious, innovative students of the art and science of teaching and learning, as collaboration and professional learning are core elements of the Wooster learning community.
The skills of reading for understanding from different forms of primary sources, literature and nonfiction texts, and making meaning from those texts, is one primary goal of the program. Another is that students develop advanced writing skills and can employ them in the service of problem identification, reflection, and effective communication of ideas. Advanced writing skills are built from the ground up, starting with a firm understanding of the writing process and how sentence structure, organization, and style contribute to that process.
As a history teacher, the ideal candidate will be comfortable creating and collaborating with the teaching team on effective writing workshop experiences and providing intentional, effective individualized feedback to developing historians and writers.
Dispositions for a Wooster Teacher-Learner
- Desire and ability to collaborate with others.
- Be broadly open-minded and adventurous.
- The ability to be tolerant of some ambiguity.
- Encourage wondering, problem finding, and investigating for yourself and others.
- Always be ready to consider other perspectives.
- Make plans and be strategic, but be ready to shift when reality strikes.
- Use your metacognitive skills as a model for our students.
- Believe deeply in the mission, beliefs and values of Wooster and subscribe to Wooster’s culture of thinking and learning.
- Plan and implement lessons based on the Wooster School Writing model.
- Hold high expectations for every student.
- Provide necessary accommodations and modifications for the growth and success of all students.
- Plan, structure, and share lessons that are engaging, that make our students think every day, and that are aligned with a year-long scope and sequence.
- Work as an active, collaborative member of the learning group, grade-level, content area and school-wide teams,to ensure our students’ needs are met.
- Keep students and parents well informed of student progress by providing regular feedback, focused learning intentions and clear success criteria.
- Participate in school-wide professional development beginning in August.
- Seek continual feedback and coaching to develop as a teacher learner.
- Be available and committed to ongoing verbal dialogue and conversations with the parents and the Wooster community.
- Perform necessary duties including, but not limited to, advisory, after school activities and chaperoning.
How to Apply
Please submit a Letter of Application, Resume, and Teaching Philosophy Statement to:
Assistant to the Head of School
91 Miry Brook Road
Danbury, CT 06810
Wooster School is looking for substitute teachers with teacher training and experience with students in grades Pre-K through 12th. For those interested in Pre-K through Grade 5, please send resumes and letter of interest to Mary Beth Brady at mary.beth.brady@woosterschool.
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.