Head Teacher (K-6)

St. Thomas's Day School
New Haven, CT United States

Job Title: Head Teacher

Division: Elementary (Grades K-6)

Employment Status: Full Time 

School Year: 2023-2024

St. Thomas’s is a coeducational independent day school serving students from Kindergarten through Grade 6. The School welcomes children of all backgrounds, with the belief that children who learn and grow together develop openness and respect for others. 

Position Summary 

In cooperation with the Assistant Head of School, the K-6 Teacher is responsible for developing and implementing the instructional program in accordance with the School’s mission, goals, objectives, and philosophy of learning. 


Advanced Degree (MA/MS preferred) in Elementary Education 

Minimum 3-5 years experience teaching students at the elementary level (Grades K-6)

Expertise in teaching reading and writing 

Knowledge of a variety of approaches to math instruction 

Experience creating hands-on, developmentally appropriate social studies curriculum 

Strong personal and interpersonal skills 

Performance Responsibilities

  • Strive to create an atmosphere of belonging so that every member of the community feels accepted, appreciated, and valued.
  • Create an inviting, safe, and supportive learning environment for all students. 
  • Develop and implement innovative, thought-provoking language arts (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), mathematics, and social studies lessons that promote problem-solving, analysis, critical thinking, and deep conceptual understanding.  
  • Differentiate instruction by conducting individual and small group lessons and by accommodating unique learning styles and needs. 
  • Implement positive classroom management techniques that model appropriate communication skills and conflict resolution strategies.
  • Build a positive rapport with students that demonstrates respect, appreciation, and acceptance of all individuals. 
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in the development of curriculum, teaching methods, and instructional strategies that inspire, motivate, and appropriately challenge students.
  • Arrange for interesting and relevant field trips, presentations, performances, and guest speakers to supplement the learning that is happening in the classroom and meet the needs of a diverse student body. 
  • Monitor performance and behavior, keeping consistent, reliable records on the development of each student as a whole person, including academic, social, and emotional needs. 
  • Maintain and care for the classroom and an inventory of textbooks, teaching materials, equipment, and furniture. 
  • Supervise and mentor assigned instructional support staff, including, but not limited to, assistant teachers, teaching aids, parent volunteers, and student teachers.
  • Participate in school events, community meetings, faculty meetings, professional development opportunities, and inservice days, contributing positively and proactively in support of the school.
  • Interact with colleagues in a respectful and collegial manner that fosters a healthy faculty culture. 

Characteristics of Professional Excellence

  • Strive to live the school mission in word and deed.
  • Enthusiastically engage in service to the school and its community.
  • Model life-long learning. 
  • Foster an open and inclusive learning environment

Contact Information

To be considered for the above-mentioned position, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to employment@stthomasday.org. Please generate all documents in MS Word or a converted PDF file. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled.

St. Thomas’s Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.