Founded in 1963, the Montclair Cooperative School (the Co-op) is an independent progressive, co-educational day school educating children from preschool through eighth grade. For more than 55 years, the Montclair Cooperative School has been dedicated to providing engaging, creative, multi-disciplinary learning as a rigorous preparation for high school and beyond. Today, the Co-op remains deeply committed to creating a diverse and nurturing environment where children flourish intellectually and develop exceptional social skills, along with a deep sense of community and social justice.

The Montclair Cooperative School fully and actively supports equal opportunity for all people. We comply with all federal, state and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion disability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.


Fourth Grade Teacher

Montclair Cooperative School is seeking a Fourth Grade Teacher.

About the School
The Montclair Cooperative School is an independent nursery through eighth grade school founded in 1963 and located in Montclair, NJ. We have an enrollment of 125 students, a program that is progressive and a community that is highly collaborative.

Reporting to the Co-Heads of School, the Fourth Grade Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum and differentiated instruction for students in fourth grade.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Plan and design developmentally appropriate educational programs and lessons for math, reading, writing, phonics, social studies and social-emotional learning;
  • Support students with their social-emotional development with a strong focus on health and wellness;
  • Work closely with learning specialists to create and implement both learning support and enrichment activities;
  • Provide opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, problem-solving, and the use of technology;
  • Create and provide a supportive and caring classroom environment in which students can learn and interact positively with one another;
  • Conduct informal and formal learning assessments to be responsive to an individualized approach for student growth;
  • Assess students’ academic and social growth, keep accurate records and prepare progress reports;
  • Communicate with families about students’ learning through frequent updates, parent-teacher conferences, and student progress reports;
  • Continue to develop professionally by actively participating in professional development opportunities within the independent school community;
  • Develop lesson plans and instructional materials that support individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student;
  • Use a variety of instructional strategies;
  • Participate in faculty and curriculum development meetings and committees as requested;
  • Assess students’ academic and social growth, keep accurate records and prepare progress reports;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Masters degree in Education 
  • High level of skill and proficiency in preparing and delivering synchronous and asynchronous lessons on a distance learning platform (Google Classroom preferred) 
  • Effective organizational skills including but not limited to lesson planning, implementing units of study, differentiating instruction, designing and implementing assessments
  • A working knowledge of and an embracing of a progressive educational approach
  • A clear commitment to the mission of the Montclair Cooperative School
  • Excellent time management skills and be detail and goal oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; must be a strong team player and have some experience working collaboratively with peers to implement an academically robust, engaging, and integrated curriculum
  • Solid organizational and problem solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Highly resourceful and motivated – a “self-starter” with initiative, energy and enthusiasm and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Ability to interact well with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and a statement of educational philosophy to Only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls please.