Town School for Boys seeks a full time 4th Grade Head Teacher beginning in the 2018-2019
school year. Located in San Francisco, Town School for Boys is a K-8 independent day school.
Since its founding in 1939, Town School is committed to providing a dynamic and engaging
environment that suits the developmental learning needs of boys. An intensive academic
program is supplemented by fine arts offerings and outdoor education trips that take advantage of
the school's Bay Area coastal location. Town School values academic excellence, respect for self
and others, diversity and inclusivity, service learning, and character development. Town places a
high value on maintaining a creative, collegial atmosphere among faculty members. There is an
expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and strong support for a wide
range of professional development opportunities.
This position involves teaching one section of 22 students. There are three weekly faculty
meetings and weekly lunch and recess duty obligations. The position also involves conducting
daily student morning meetings as well as supervision of daily recess breaks for students. Parentteacher
conferences are held twice each year.
Desired Qualifications and Skills:
This position involves mentoring and training a full time fourth grade intern who is part of
Town’s New Teacher Institute. It also includes regular communication about the progress of the
intern with the Director of the New Teacher Institute. The ideal candidate will have a minimum
of two years of teaching and experience working with students in grade 4. The candidate will
have deep knowledge of the instruction of reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, science and
social studies. It is the expectation that all Lower School teachers use the Readers and Writers
Workshop Model. Candidates should demonstrate passion for working with Lower School
students and be knowledgeable about this developmental stage of growth. The candidate should
have a strong background in the area of the social and emotional learning which is as important
as the academic curriculum at Town. We ask that candidates are either comfortable with or
willing to be trained in the Responsive Classroom approach. The position involves collaborating
closely with other 4th grade teachers, teachers in other grades, and the Lower School Head.
Candidates should be strong in their use of technology tools for teaching. Collaboration with the
librarians and educational technologists is also expected. Good communication skills are
Classrooms are equipped with eBeam technology and interactive software which teachers utilize
to enhance instruction for students. In addition, all students have access to iPads in the
classroom which students use for online resources across the curriculum. Instructional
approaches and course content should be differentiated to suit a range of learning levels and
styles and reflect a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. The ideal candidate will
demonstrate a commitment to developing and implementing innovative approaches to learning,
such as using project-based learning, inquiry, and teaching for understanding/understanding by
design. Cultural competency is an expectation of this candidate and includes integration of
diversity and global awareness into the curriculum. Faculty should frequently communicate with
other faculty and with parents about student progress. Faculty are expected to take an active role
in the school by contributing to committees, chaperoning field trips, and attending student
performances and athletic events.
Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin
to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to
students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,
sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies,
scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
Town School for Boys is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits are commensurate
with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to:
Town School for Boys
At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.
As an all boys’ school, Town provides a rich, challenging and rigorous educational experience
that addresses the distinctive energy levels and developmental styles of boys. Town values being
a diverse community that nurtures integrity, sensitivity and respect in its boys, and prepares them
to become productive and contributing members of an ever-changing world.
• We value learning and academic excellence. We support and encourage each boy to do
his best while helping him discover his strengths and talents.
• We value programs that balance academic effort, social interaction, physical activity and
artistic expression while embracing character education.
• We value respect for ourselves and others. We model integrity, honesty and kindness in
our daily lives and we take responsibility for our own actions.
• We value diversity, which brings the variety of perspectives that are integral to an
excellent education and a dynamic community. We believe it is essential that every
member of the community is equally valued and included in the life of the school.
• We value commitment to community service. We seek opportunities to improve our
greater community through volunteer activities sponsored by the school as part of our
role as good citizens.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration,
critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm
grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further
education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence
and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop
an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity
by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive,
relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our
joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels
through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key
student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for
understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based
approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing
professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.
Diversity, inclusion and equity are essential core values of Town School. The best education for
our students requires a diverse experience because a broad spectrum of ideas is essential for
understanding different perspectives, challenging assumptions, and inspiring curiosity, to support
critical and complex thinking.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where each boy is free to
be himself, and where boys are confident and secure in their own identities. We equip each boy
with the tools to explore differences in experiences, background, beliefs, and ideas. We seek to
provide each student with the support and resources he needs to succeed and thrive at Town
School. A diverse and vibrant community is essential. To build and sustain such a community,
we reach out to enroll students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds,
cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and we recruit and retain faculty, staff and
administrators from the same broad range of backgrounds. We cultivate an environment where
every member of the Town community senses he or she matters as a significant part of the life of
the school. Only when each person feels valued and is engaged may the school and the
individual achieve their full potential.
About Town School for Boys
Since its founding in 1939, Town School is committed to providing a dynamic and engaging environment that suits the developmental learning needs of boys. An intensive academic program is supplemented by fine arts offerings and outdoor education trips that take advantage of the school's Bay Area coastal location. Town School values academic excellence, respect for self and others, diversity and inclusivity, service learning, and character development. Town places a high value on maintaining a creative, collegial atmosphere among faculty members. There is an expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and strong support for a wide range of professional development opportunities.