The Fessenden School is an all boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 9th Grade in West Newton, MA. The Fessenden School’s mission is to cultivate each boy’s talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community. For more than 100 years, The Fessenden School has offered state-of-the-art facilities, curriculum, and programs specifically designed to meet the educational needs of boys.
The Fessenden School offers two, one-year teaching paid internships in order to enrich the educational experience for our students and provide individuals interested in pursuing teaching careers in independent schools with practical, hands-on experience. Internships are available in the Middle (Grades 5-6) and Upper School (Grades 7-9). Teachers serve as mentors since some teaching may be required.
Orientation August 23 & 24, 2021
School year August 30, 2021 to June 14, 2022
Weekly Academic Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm
Residential Schedule may apply: 2 evenings and alternate weekends
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Live on campus as a non-dorm or dorm person (preferred) or live off campus
Observe fellow teachers in various subject and divisions
Substitute teach in various classrooms and divisions
Meet weekly with the Intern Coordinators
Teach and stay current with curriculum and 21st century learning
Incorporate project based learning, educational technology, differentiated learning and cultural competency in lessons
Exemplify the School’s mission and community principles, including honesty, respect and compassion
Participate in and help facilitate all division and grade level activities and meetings
Coach a sport(s); supervise sports study hall; work in the Lower School Extended Day program as assigned
Collaborate with colleagues within grade level, division, department and student support services, including the Learning Resources Department
Perform duties such as supervising drop off and dismissal, recess, lunch; being a homeroom teacher and/or advisor, grade team member, student club facilitator: leading/assisting with fall orientation, grade trips, overnight grade trips and events
Assist with student transportation as assigned
Maintain all documentation connected with the curriculum and students
Utilize Google Sites to create and maintain a teaching portfolio including all aspects of the intern experience
Attend faculty meetings typically on Monday afternoon
Attend professional development meetings; three full day and three in the afternoon
Maintain regular and reliable attendance
Maintain current CPR/AED & first aid certification and child abuse prevention training
Other duties as assigned
Experience in instructing children in an academic, athletic or camp programs
Enthusiasm and communication skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships
Strong supervisory and leadership skills to manage and control a classroom
Ability to perform critical thinking, organization, prioritization and problem solving with minimal supervision
Ability to serve in a diverse community of colleagues, students and parents
Can employ a growth mindset in order maximize the experience
Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, justice, diversity and equity
A commitment to boys and boys’ education
A valid driver’s license and ability to drive a fourteen passenger van
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that are essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. The requirements for performing the duties of this position are as follows:
Frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk, and hear
Regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch and/or kneel
Occasionally required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds
Majority of work is performed in a school/classroom environment, and the noise level in the environment is usually moderate.
Every applicant must submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references through the Fessenden Website under Employment. Other pertinent materials may be submitted as well if desired.
About The Fessenden School
The Fessenden School
250 Waltham Street, West Newton, Massachusetts 02465
The Fessenden School (525 students, Pre-K through 9th Grade) located ten miles west of Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest all boys, junior boarding school in the country.
The Fessenden School’s mission is to cultivate each boy's talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.
For more than 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. Faculty programs include ongoing professional development relating to the education of boys, cultural competency, project-based learning, academic technology, and differentiated learning.