Founded in 1901, The Cathedral School is committed to academic excellence in a curriculum that integrates critical thinking, the arts, athletics, and leadership development. The School believes that the recognition and appreciation of differences in race, socioeconomic status, cultural or religious tradition, age, gender, ability, or sexual orientation enhance the individual's sense of identity and broaden respect for others. Through curriculum and informal school experiences, students at The Cathedral School come to understand the inherent value of all people and the importance of working towards equity in all that they do. The School’s mission is brought to life on the idyllic 11-acre campus of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights on Manhattan’s Upper West Side through seven Core Values: Cooperation, Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Passion for Learning, Respect, and Responsibility.
As an independent K-8 day school rooted in the Episcopal tradition, The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine educates students to become articulate, confident, and responsible citizens of the world through rigorous academics, innovative approaches to learning, and the nurturing of their aspirations in a diverse community of all faiths. Cathedral is currently seeking an Upper School English Teacher.
The English Teacher for Grades 7 and 8 reports directly to the Head of Upper School and is an integral member of the Upper School team and English department at The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine. Candidates must have at least three years of teaching experience as an English or Humanities teacher working with middle school-aged students. We prefer candidates with experience with The Writing Revolution curriculum (also known as Judith Hochman Basic Writing Skills) to support all students using a structured yet authentic approach to writing. A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
In support of The Cathedral School's mission, the Upper School English Teacher (Grades 7 & 8) must be prepared to view curriculum, classroom, and school culture through a lens focused on equity and justice. A nurturing and caring personality is essential.
Teaches two different sections of 8th Grade English and two different sections of 7th Grade English
Develops students’ reading, writing, listening, and research skills
Plans lessons, units, and projects with a wide range of texts representing diverse voices, ideas, and perspectives and using backward-design frameworks
Proctors/teaches an elective period in the Upper School
Serve as an Upper School advisor for six to eight students in support of their academic progress and social-emotional well-being
Attend regular Upper School Guidance Meetings with the student support team and teachers to discuss students’ academic and behavioral concerns
Collaborates with the other members of the English department to coordinate a clear scope and sequence from grade to grade in terms of both subject matter and skills development
Partners with the Learning Specialist to ensure students are being fully supported
Be proactive, clear, and consistent in family communications to promote partnership in service of the students
Write mid-trimester comments twice yearly
Attend or lead family/teacher conferences twice yearly
Fulfill regular Upper School duties such as lunch, recess duty, etc.
Attend weekly Faculty and School-wide meetings
Is available for other school events and activities as needed
The Upper School English Teacher (Grades 7 & 8) is a 10-month, in-person role with a start date of late August 2023. The salary range for this position is $65,000 - $75,000.
The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine is an independent, Episcopal, K-8 day school for girls and boys of all faiths. The School is committed to a rigorous academic program that integrates the arts, athletics, and leadership development. Located on New York City’s Upper West Side on the 11.5-acre Close of the Cathedral, the School offers a unique setting for the celebration of the many traditions shared by its families. The School prides itself in being a diverse community in partnership with families who take an active role in their children’s intellectual, ethical, social, and emotional growth. The Cathedral School offers a stimulating environment in which each child can become an articulate, confident, and responsible citizen of the world. Continuing a century-old relationship, the School draws upon the Cathedral’s vast resources and provides its children’s choir.