Houseparent Male (Female houseparent has been filled)
The Kildonan School
May 8, 2018
Amenia, New York
salary based on experience and
Part Time - Faculty
4 Year Degree
The Kildonan School, a non-denominational, college preparatory, independent school serving bright, dyslexic students in grades two through twelve, seeks a dedicated, energized, enthusiastic, and student-centered, individual to join our residential team as a Houseparent. This is a ten-month, live-in position for late afternoon weekdays, overnights, mornings, and some weekends for which housing is provided. Houseparents are on-duty 2 to 4 nights/mornings per week and are supported by other faculty and staff who serve as House Affiliates. Houseparents may pursue part-time work during the day outside of school, and some daytime per-diem work may exist within the school such as driving students to doctor/medical visits, transporting students to and from airports/train stations, transportation to and from after-school activities, and other tasks as needed.
Houseparents will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the house in addition to coordinating all necessary school services and will work closely with other faculty and staff involved in the residential program to provide services and programming for Kildonan students.
Daily responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Conducting daily room/hall inspections for cleanliness and order
Assisting with the facilitation of residential programming addressing topical themes such as physical boundaries, anti-bullying strategies, safe use of social networking, and others
Weekend activity planning and attendance at events
Household maintenance/reporting concerns to the Dean of Student Life and the school’s maintenance department
Attending a weekly "student concerns meeting" with the residential team
Maintaining open communication via email, phone, Skype, and with current families (i.e. birthday pictures, special activities, etc.)
Planning and conducting house meetings
Timely and efficient delivery of student mail
Creating a “house” like atmosphere (eating meals together, watching television, attending sporting and extracurricular activities, creating a home environment that is warm and welcoming)
Any and all other duties/responsibilities that come with the daily upkeep/maintenance of living “in loco parentis”
*Other duties as assigned by the Dean of Student Life.
First Aid and CPR Certifications. Can take training on campus in August. Valid driver's license
Additional Salary Information: 10 month school year position.
About The Kildonan School
The Kildonan School is a coeducational, college-preparatory, boarding and day school for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences in grades 2-12. We are located on a picturesque 105 acre campus 2 hours north of New York City and 3 hours from Boston.
The mission of The Kildonan School is to empower students with dyslexia to reach their academic potential and to equip them for future success. Our threefold mission remains consistent. We strive to remediate skills in reading, writing, and spelling, to provide intellectually stimulating subject matter courses in mathematics, literature, science, and social studies, and to foster confidence.
The academic program is unique in that it revolves around intensive, daily one-to-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring for each student. The language training instructor is responsible for devising a sequential learning program in language skills in accordance with Dr. Samuel T. Orton’s principles and with his belief that “...such disorders should respond to specific training if we become sufficiently keen in our diagnosis, and if we prove ourselves clever enough to devise the proper training methods to meet the needs of each... particular case.” Orton-Gillingham tutoring is multi-sensory, direct, and effective. The tutorial setting makes it possible to tailor the teaching to the unique brain of each individual. The instructor is also responsible for inculcating orderly study habits; students are held accountable for daily independent reading and writing assigned to reinforce the skills taught during the tutorial. Students learn to work through periods of frustration and even temporary failure. Ultimately, the goal is for students to become independent learners.
Subject matter courses in mathematics, history, literature, and science are designed to meet the learning style of students with dyslexia. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic presentations supplement textbooks. Class size is small; courses stimulate thinking and provide opportunities for creativity. The approach to mathematics is closely aligned with language training both in its logical, sequential approach and its daily assignments. Reading and writing demands are reduced or removed entirely from other content courses while the student is building reading and writing skills. Classes are structured to ensure that success is possible even for the student with minimal skills.
Enhanced confidence is achieved through activities, such as the arts, athletics, and community life. Involvement in extracurricular activities that capitalize on the innate strengths of the dyslexic often leads to lifelong interests. Leadership and service opportunities provide additional means for personal and social growth. Students become confident, experience greater success, and gain the courage to invest increasing effort in their personal and academic achievement.
Central to the success of the program is a faculty committed to the philosophy of the school and willing to implement its goals and ideals. Faculty members respect students as individuals and encourage them to put forth their best efforts. While most students are expected to graduate from high school and enter college, the more severely dyslexic achieve functional mastery of the language.