First Grade Head Teacher Position

Overview of Position

The Montclair Cooperative School seeks a full time First Grade Teacher to join our faculty beginning September 2017. The First Grade Teacher teaches multiple subjects in progressive school that balances academics, social/emotional development, an interdisciplinary approach, and active, hands-on learning. The integrated year-long theme of our first grade curriculum revolves around the Farm & Garden Community. In Language Arts, the First Grade Teacher should have training in balanced literacy, a love of literature, and a writer’s workshop approach to writing, including invented spelling. In mathematics, the First Grade teacher should be confident developing thinking skills and facilitating mastery in the patterns in numbers. The Teacher is a facilitator for building classroom community whose other responsibilities include organizing field trips that complement the theme, supervising an assistant teacher, and collaborating with specialist and academic support teachers. Teachers in each division at the Co-op regularly meet to plan and work together, discuss students, and hone curriculum.


We seek a talented teacher who can inspire students, be inspired by our mission, and create a nurturing classroom with high educational expectations. Cultural competence, the ability to work collaboratively, excellent communication skills, and a willingness to work closely with families, including parent volunteers in the classroom, are essential. The teacher should practice student-centered pedagogy and be able to differentiate instruction. A Master’s degree in education and at least three years of successful experience as a head teacher are preferred. Successful Co-op teachers are lifelong learners who are reflective about their practice.

About Montclair Cooperative School

Established in 1963, Montclair Cooperative School is a community of learners (nursery through 8th grade) where children are invited to take risks, question, explore, discuss, interpret, and create. We discover ways to apply learning effectively in solving problems and constructing new knowledge. We value diversity and understand that the world is composed of different people, cultures, and ideas. We are cooperative in that everyone – teachers, students, and parents – participates in the educational process. We are progressive in that children learn by building on multi-disciplinary themes and experiences.

How To Apply

Applicants should send a current resume and a cover letter that introduces themselves, describes qualifications, and explains their teaching philosophy to Namita Tolia, Head of School, at No phone calls, please. Please indicate how you learned of the opportunity in your cover letter. Only candidates selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

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