BB&N has a potential opening for an Upper School English teacher, likely a full-time position. Responsibilities may include teaching four English classes: likely two sections of either English 9 or English 10, and either one or two upperclass electives. All courses aim to develop students’ critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Freshmen study three core texts—The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and a nineteenth-century British novel or a commensurate contemporary novel—as well as some poetry and stories. Sophomore English focuses on the study of works representing diverse voices and various literary genres. Students read Macbeth, excerpts from the Bible, and Bulawayo's We Need New Names, for example. Both grade levels write frequently, with an emphasis on process, in critical and creative formats. Additional responsibilities will vary according to current program need and new initiatives.
The ideal candidate should have excellent academic preparation, a strong background in the traditional, modern, and contemporary classics of British and American literature, an eagerness to include global literary works among the course texts, preferably a master’s degree in English and at least four years’ experience teaching both literature and writing at the high school level.
In addition, the candidate will demonstrate the following:
Enjoyment working with adolescents
Excellent writing skills
Warmth, sense of humor, and tact
Ability to collaborate with colleagues
Strong commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents
High standards of professional conduct
About Buckingham Browne & Nichols
BB&N, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, MA, was established in 1974 by the merger of two independent schools, the Buckingham School and the Browne & Nichols School, founded respectively in 1889 and 1883. Located on multiple campuses, we work as one School in pursuit of excellence. We celebrate the diversity of our community, which enriches our daily experience. At BB&N we foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a deep concern and respect for others.
BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. We value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all.