The Schoolhouse Learning Center in South Burlington, Vermont seeks a dynamic, creative Middle Grades
(grades 6, 7, 8) educator to fill a newly created position.
The Schoolhouse has provided Elementary programming for over 40 years in the Burlington community.
The Middle School program is a new initiative for the Schoolhouse and will occur in phases beginning
with 6th grade
It is anticipated that the Middle Grades model will include roughly 3 days of academic or “class work” and
2 days of hands-‐on, field work.
The teacher will have the opportunity to develop an engaging, creative and expansive program for the students that engages them with the broader community.
The Schoolhouse is a K-‐6 (expanding to k-‐8) independent school in South Burlington, Vermont located
on 27 acres of wetlands with a long history of providing a quality education to a wide range of students
and their families. The school’s goal is to lead children to discover the rewards found in the process of
active inquiry and respectful, cooperative work with others.
Job Duty Summary
The Middle Grades Teacher will help to develop and implement The Schoolhouse’s 6th
consistent with the
vision for the Middle Grades program and the
school’s mission. The teacher will be responsible for developing and assessing curriculum for students across all academic areas and integrating the academics with field activities.
The teacher will also work with Schoolhouse teaching
staff to integrate with the existing programs.
This position may be a part time or full time position depending on the skills and abilities of the
applicant (e.g., one academic instructor and one field instructor).
Essential Job Functions
•Develop strong academic curriculum
and assessments in core areas, including math, science, literacy, art, social sciences, and physical education
•Develop and organize field based program including communication with community partners
and integrate the program with core curriculum
•Support social, emotional and intellectual growth of all students
•Be conversant in the national and state standards in core subject areas
•Provide opportunities for individual student progress
•Provide a strong role model to students
•Collaborate with other student to expand the students’ social experiences
•Communicate with other Schoolhouse staff to ensure integration of middle grades activities
with the broader program
Responsibilities and Expectations
•It is the expectation that all members of The Schoolhouse teaching staff will
•set guidelines to promote a positive self-‐image in each child
•understand age-‐appropriate expectations for children (emotionally and academically)
•respect the rights and dignity of each child
•provide a stimulating learning environment for each child
•exhibit enthusiasm for the topics he/she teaches
•collaborate effectively with teaching colleagues and administrators
•partner with parents, communicating effectively and frequently
•market the school by a willingness to showcase his/her teaching and to communicate with
•support school activities by attending them
•keep appropriate records
•complete required professional development
•learn new skills as changing pedagogy dictates
•model self-‐disciplined and ethical behavior
•limit personal phone calls, emails, texts, etc.
to non-‐student hours and seek to keep electronic
devices out of site to the extent possible
•perform such other duties as may be assigned, from time to time, by the Head of School.
Basic Qualifications –Experience and Knowledge
•Experience in curriculum development and assessment at the middle grades
•Ability to nurture the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of middle school
•Strong organizational and leadership skills
•Enthusiasm for teaching
•Love of the natural world
•Flexibility and creativity
•The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all members of The Schoolhouse staff, administration and parents.
•The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
•The ability to lead and individually work to accomplish
academic and social goals
•The ability and willingness to
be a member of The Schoolhouse community and align with its
institutional mission and goals
•The ability to think creatively and broadly about programming and children.
Education and Training
•Bachelors degree in a relevant field (ex: education, social work, human development, recreation)
OR an equivalent experience; teaching certification a plus
•Minimum of 3 years teaching experience at the middle grades level
•Working knowledge of personal computers and word processing
•A working knowledge of principles, philosophy and practices in child development,
•Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the required knowledge,
•The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
•While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit
(on floors and chairs), talk, hear, use hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools or
controls, and reach with hands and arms.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include
near and far vision and the ability to monitor multiple children in indoor and outdoor settings.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds (
i.e., tables, chairs).
For more information about the Schoolhouse please visit
the Schoolhouse website:
South Burlington,, Vermont
The Schoolhouse Learning Center