A place of hope - where lives are changed, not just occasionally - but every day! The Briarwood School is a K-12 independent school specializing in educating children with diagnosed learning disabilities. We believe that Every child CAN learn and deserves to be taught in the way he or she learns best. Using a diagnostic-prescriptive approach, the Briarwood School identifies each student’s areas of need and develops a plan to fill in the gaps while building upon strengths. This intense remediation in an environment that offers many of the same opportunities available in a traditional school setting makes Briarwood unique.
The Assistant Head of Lower School works in full partnership with the Head of Lower School and in close collaboration with the administrative team to oversee and facilitate the K-6 program, which includes regular interaction with students, parents and staff. The Assistant Head meets regularly with individual students and classroom teachers to answer academic questions, discuss concerns or develop strategies for student success.
The Assistant Head of Lower School will be involved in all aspects of Lower School administration, including:
Daily operations of the school
Serving on school wide Administration Team
Recruitment, retention, evaluation and support of faculty and staff
Managing student disciplinary concerns in alignment with the Briarwood philosophy and positive school culture
Development and supervision of curricular and extracurricular programs
Assisting in creating, editing, and distributing communications including handbooks, newsletters, report cards, and parent communications
Collaborating closely with the LS Counselor to support students’ social-emotional wellbeing and to maintain positive learning environment
Collaborating with LS Counselor to administer the MAP achievement testing and analyzing standardized test data to inform instruction
Assisting Registrar with school information management system administration
Staying current with instructional coaching practices, educational technology, and best practices for students with learning disabilities
Developing the Lower School schedule and calendar
Leading the Lower School in absence of the LS Head
Master’s degree in education or school administration preferred
Current teaching certification
Expertise in dyslexia intervention and instruction required
Prior teaching experience required, and faculty leadership experience preferred
Passion for working with students who learn differently
Proficient with technology, especially Google Suite
The School will not be paying relocation expenses for this position.
About The Briarwood School
The Briarwood School is a not-for-profit, independent co-ed day school devoted to educating students in grades K-12 with diagnosed learning disabilities, language disorders and/or ADHD. Founded in 1967 and accredited by Cognia/AdvancED, the Briarwood School now serves over 300 students in small class sizes of 10 or fewer students. All of the students in Lower School and Middle Upper demonstrate average to above-average intelligence with a broad range of learning disabilities that include dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, speech/language disorders, along with written and expressive language disorders. Additional diagnoses addressed through accommodations include attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and processing disorders as they relate to academic issues. The Briarwood School does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, handicap or disability, religion, age, sexual orientation or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.