Rock Point School seeks an English teacher to teach grades 9 – 12. Rock Point is a small, independent day and boarding school, serving students with a variety of learning profiles, who have struggled to find school success. Our supportive community offers them a chance to build their confidence and find their voice, in and out of the classroom. Our program emphasizes social/emotional growth, and considers relationships as foundational for making progress. We approach students as whole people, and we consider the work they are doing to build self-confidence, self-advocacy skills, resilience, and healthy habits, to be of utmost importance. The right candidate for this position will have a passion for the subject, be interested in engaging with students in a variety of ways throughout the school day, and will have experience supporting students in a capacity that may not be strictly academic.
Our academic program emphasizes transferable skills, executive functioning skills, and utilizing course content to guide students in developing habits for school success. Students in a given class often have a wide range of skills and abilities, so accommodating and differentiating both instruction and assessment are a key piece of this role. The English teacher will have autonomy and flexibility to develop their own curriculum and will be supported by a close-knit team of teachers. We seek candidates with creative and critical approaches to teaching English, and are particularly interested in teachers who center the voices and experiences of people from marginalized groups.
- Full-time teaching position (weekdays 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
- Teach 3 English courses, 4 class periods, one prep period
- Mentoring 1-2 students through our advising program
- One elective class per quarter
- Sharing daily tasks with the teaching team (lunch supervision, guiding students in chores, etc.)
- Regular written and verbal contact with parents and guardians
- Required evening or weekend events throughout the year such as prom, graduation, parent conferences, fundraising events, etc.
- Salaried compensation $40-43,000
- Medical coverage with HRA, dental, and vision benefits
- Meals when working
- A balanced combination of independence and support
- 5 weeks vacation based on the school calendar, and most of the summer off
- 10% school contribution to a retirement plan and long-term disability after the first year anniversary
- Supportive, flexible, and welcoming work environment
Rock Point School is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
Examples of our recent actions in diversity, equity, and belonging include our staff and students participating in the “Point Made Learning” program called “Look Deeper: Race.” Because of our connection to the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, we also have been involved with the work Bishop Shannon MacVean Brown has done, grappling with the racist history of the Episcopal Church. Our Head of School is currently the head of the Antiracism Action committee within the diocese. Because of this work, students and staff resolved to remove a large portrait of Bishop Hopkins from the school due to what we learned about his racist beliefs and hung a Black Lives Matter Flag in front of the school. In our school curriculum, teachers have worked to center the voices of people who are outside the dominant culture. For example in our U.S. history class, An Indigenous People's History of the United States is a central text, and this year students are reading and discussing pieces from 400 Hundred Souls, A Community History of African America, 1619-2019. We also have an active GSA club that participates in statewide events with Outright Vermont. This fall Pamela Schuller, an alumna of Rock Point and a disability activist and comedian, came to perform and give workshops to the community on inclusion. Our administrators recently attended a workshop by the Association of Independent Schools in New England on building inclusive hiring practices for the school and we continue to seek out ways to make our school more inclusive. Our efforts to incorporate anti-racism and anti-bias teachings into our curriculum and community are ongoing and crucial to the future of our school.