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Catlin Gabel School

Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.

The School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.



FTE: .75


A Middle School teacher is typically responsible for teaching four classes daily. The classes could be in one grade level, one discipline, or across grade levels and in more than one discipline depending on the needs of the school. In addition to daily responsibilities, Middle School teachers are expected to participate in, and lead, activities that include but are not limited to extra-curricular, experiential, and community service learning across grade levels. All faculty participate in overnight retreats and trips with students at different times during the year. This is a temporary position that will conclude at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

The ideal candidate will have a strong French background, the ability to teach all Middle School French levels, use a wide variety of teaching approaches, the desire to teach students who work at the regular level of academic abilities as well as those passionate about the language and culture, and will be excited about helping students learn through discovery and exploration. The candidate must demonstrate proficiency with new technology and a willingness to integrate technology into classroom lessons. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated use of a variety of teaching methods to support different learning styles and have experience teaching the whole spectrum of students. The candidate should be excited to help students build self-confidence through successful exploration and discovery.

Catlin Gabel demands much from its teachers beyond their classroom responsibilities. Such demands include working with students and colleagues to enrich the school’s life outside the classroom. These demands highlight the fact that any teaching position at Catlin entails more than just working with students in a subject. Though this may be taxing at times, we feel it is both necessary and rewarding.

• Teach three sections of MS French
• Work collaboratively with fellow staff members and administrators in curriculum design, assessment, and instruction as it pertains to specific grade levels and program applying a lens of cultural competence
• Collaborate with other middle school teachers, educators and specialist teachers to develop curriculum, plan trips, and special projects
• Work with students to help them develop curiosity, creativity, teamwork, resilience, empathy, independence, time management, and responsible decision making
• Communicate in a clear and timely fashion with parents, students and colleagues
• Have a high collegial quotient and be a committed and dedicated team player
• Regularly attend, actively listen, and contribute to meetings
• Pursue professional growth opportunities, and be accountable and responsible for individual professional learning
• Actively partner to review, plan, and develop school’s curriculum, horizontally and vertically
• Coordinate and implement, at the classroom level, appropriate student assessments and utilize assessment results to enhance student learning, including differentiated instruction
• Integrate the use of technology to enhance student learning
• Create an inclusive classroom environment through regular class meetings, supportive exchanges with students, and clear expectations for classroom behavior
• Actively support the school through participation in the variety of activities that make the Catlin Gabel School a vibrant community
• Cooperatively work and communicate effectively with parents in conferences and written reports in ways that meet the needs of the students and the school
• Support and follow the Faculty Handbook for Policies and Procedure and MS professional expectations
• Be a positive and contributing member of the professional community
• Contribute to all teams by working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds
• Act as Middle School advisor-
• Serve as an active member of a grade level team, including participating on class trips
• Other duties as assigned by Middle School Head

Though the work is performed largely independently, ongoing collaboration is expected with all colleagues across the school. Collaboration with grade level teams, committees as assigned, and the Middle School Head are also expected.


Interactions occur most routinely with students in the classroom and during other activities. Many informal interactions with students for whom the teacher has no direct supervision or responsibility occur. Daily contact ranges from direct teaching of curriculum to informal exchanges of a personal or social nature. Regular contact with colleagues, particularly those working in the same grade level, discipline or on a joint project is expected. Frequent contact with parents either for scheduled conferences or casual conversation is a community norm. Responsible and active collaboration with colleagues, in all divisions, is expected. Important personal qualities include interest in and demonstrated ability to teach and support teenagers, ability to work effectively with a team, a sense of humor, flexibility, organizational ability, energy, and collegiality.

• MA or MS in teaching, education, French or related field.
• At least two years demonstrated effective teaching experience is preferred.
• Experience in curriculum development a plus.
• Teaching background and demonstrated experience with adolescents.
• Use of internet, e-mail, and other appropriate technology applications.
• Willingness to sponsor an activity, club, or coach is highly desirable.
• Ability and comfort teaching students of different proficiency levels, from beginner to intermediate levels of French.
• Native or near native fluency in French since classes are predominately conducted in target language.
• Non-native speakers must have a strong oral proficiency.
• Extended immersion visit to a French speaking country is preferred.
• Experience with Understanding by Design instructional planning a plus.
• Demonstrated experience with adolescents is required.
• Use of internet, e-mail, and other appropriate technology applications is essential.
• Understanding and experience with student-centered teaching, project-based learning, and performance-based assessment is preferable.

This is a .75 FTE position, which includes teaching three classes in the Middle School, 6th, 7th and 8th grade French classes.

This is a faculty position with an academic year schedule. Teachers are expected to be on campus at least between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily and to attend other functions as designated, including weekly Wednesday meetings until 5:00 p.m. Full-time faculty teachers are expected to travel to retreats, conferences and workshops as well as accompany students on various experiential activities throughout the year. There are some mandatory evening and weekend commitments.


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