Bancroft School is a community of students, faculty, administrators, and parents working together to create an atmosphere of engaged and active learning where students discover their unique paths with joy and confidence. Students are empowered to celebrate and deepen their curricular excellence and embrace their talents to emerge as leaders, humanitarians, and globally engaged citizens.
Bancroft is a PreK – Grade 12 independent day school located in Worcester, Massachusetts – a thriving city with a rich history and a bright future and one in which the school is deeply invested. Founded in 1900, the School’s 30-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood north of downtown Worcester. 400 students come from 63 different cities and towns around central Massachusetts and represent different backgrounds and experiences that contribute to the unique and diverse learning environment.
Bancroft is a workshop constantly in motion—an open and inclusive campus that inspires learners to engage with one another, their communities, and the world in meaningful and impactful ways. The school is committed to cultivating a community that embraces diversity and an inclusive campus in which each individual is safe, known, and valued. Bancroft students and faculty are committed to honoring the dignity of the individual and the celebration of difference.
In January of 2020, the school unveiled a 5-year strategic plan, BluePrint125, a product of extensive internal investigation and collaborative discussion among the School’s many constituents. In recent years, the School has made significant investments in campus enhancements to improve energy efficiency, air quality, and public safety; create flexible, multi-functional spaces in the Upper School building, music wing of the Performing Arts Center and new Field House.
Bancroft seeks dynamic candidates who will be active participants in the community beyond the classroom, with additional interest in overseeing extracurricular activities in athletics, clubs, and activities. Bancroft is committed to cultivating and sustaining a community that embraces difference and welcomes candidates who will add to the racial and cultural diversity of our community.
Position Summary Bancroft School seeks a Physical Education Teacher to plan and lead developmentally appropriate physical education lessons for preK-8 students. The goal of the school’s physical education program is to create a positive physical education environment that reflects the practices of Bancroft’s active learning laboratory. The position calls for excellent teamwork with teaching colleagues.
Candidates should have prior experience working with young children, and possess the necessary energy, enthusiasm and direction to lead a safe and interactive classroom (gymnasium). This person should be able to incorporate best teaching practices, helping students to develop an understanding of the importance of physical fitness and physical literacy as they learn and develop their motor skills and movement concepts.
Physical education teachers are required to coach as part of their responsibilities. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in coaching and teaching physical education.
The Physical Education teacher reports to the Physical Education Department Chair and Lower School and Middle School Division Head, as well as to the Athletic Director for coaching assignments.
The successful candidate will have at least a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education or a related field. Experience working with school-aged students is essential. The applicant must have an enthusiasm for teaching and working with other professionals in a diverse K-12 school community. CPR, AED, and First Aid certifications are required and the school can provide access to this training if not already certified.
Teach physical education classes in grades PreK-8
Coach 6th-8th grade athletic teams each of the three seasons
Attend curriculum planning and department meetings
Write reports on student progress
Provide department support and assist with major events, such as Homecoming
Serve as a full community member by attending weekly faculty meetings, sitting on committees, participating in admissions activities and covering duties and other routine faculty responsibilities.
Consistent and regular communication with students, parents, and teachers/ advisors.
Promote social and emotional growth for all students in your care.
Engage in professional development to enhance inclusive teaching and leadership practices. The school offers extensive professional development opportunities for a racially and ethnically diverse community that is informed, self-reflective, and characterized by respect and careful listening.
Bachelor's degree in Physical Education or athletics field
Three to five years teaching experience
Experience in and enthusiasm for a range of teaching experience with children and adolescents in grades PreK-8
Proven ability to differentiate instruction
Coaching experience in some of the sports Bancroft offers: cross country, soccer, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, track and field, baseball, softball, rowing, golf, skiing, swimming, volleyball, and tennis
Experience with online collaborative learning software
The ideal candidate must have familiarity with online learning platforms and technology such as Zoom and Google Meet
Essential Attitudes & Aptitudes
A collaborative spirit
A willingness to participate and partner with colleagues on culture and curricular initiatives
An understanding of and love for Lower & Middle School students
If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, personal statement, and references to [email protected]
About Bancroft School
Families throughout Central Massachusetts and MetroWest choose Bancroft School for its robust college-preparatory academics and supportive community. The Bancroft experience fosters good people who emerge as leaders, humanitarians, and globally engaged citizens. Bancroft students develop deep connections in the community, and form lasting relationships with faculty, coaches, and peers. Each child’s individual learning style and interests guide their explorations into core academics, arts, sports, and co-curriculars. Founded in 1900, Bancroft is Greater Worcester’s leading independent PreK–12 day school.