Beginners Teacher: Buckingham Browne & Nichols
About BB&N: BB&N, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, MA, was established in 1974 by the merger of two independent schools, the Buckingham School and the Browne & Nichols School, founded respectively in 1889 and 1883. Located on multiple campuses, we work as one School in pursuit of excellence. We celebrate the diversity of our community, which enriches our daily experience. At BB&N we foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a deep concern and respect for others.
BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. We value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all.
Job Summary: BB&N is seeking a full-time Beginner Homeroom teacher.
The Beginner Team consists of two classrooms of 16 children each with two lead teachers in each classroom. Beginners, an inquiry-based program, is designed to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of young children (4’s and 5’s) through an integrated approach that follows emerging ideas from the community of children as they construct knowledge and meaning from their local and expanding global communities. Core skill sets are embedded and practiced as the Beginner teaching team facilitates project-based learning in the indoor and outdoor classroom environments. Cognitive skills are heightened as teachers introduce provocations to deepen the thinking and problem-solving skills of the children.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have teaching experience in emergent, child-centered preschool/early childhood education. Significant knowledge of child development and a strong understanding of the facilitation and practice of emergent, negotiated early childhood curriculum is required. A candidate should have experience in daily observation and documentation in the classroom. A Master’s degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education is preferred.
Since this is a co-teaching position, qualifications include experience with team teaching and the ability to collaborate, share classroom responsibilities, and be flexible in working with a co-teacher. Three years of lead classroom teaching experience required. Creativity, sense of humor, love of children, knowledge of child development, experience with emergent curriculum and inquiry-based learning and a reflective teaching practice are skill sets we are seeking for this position.
In addition, the candidate should demonstrate:
- Joy working with elementary aged students, and an understanding of child-development for this age group
- Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
- Knowledge and commitment around diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and the impact it has on the classroom climate and curriculum
- A desire to continue seeking professional development
- Excellent writing skills
- Ability to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of the curriculum
- Ability to communicate effectively with students and families
- Curriculum design and assessment experience
- Ability to receive feedback
- High standards of professional conduct
To Apply: Please upload your Cover Letter, Resume, Personal Statement and/or Teaching Philosophy and Reference List. Please include your connection to BB&N’s mission and values in your cover letter.