Convent of the Sacred Heart - 91st St | New York, NY | Lower School Head Teacher

As part of an international network of schools, we are committed to a set of principles shared by all Sacred Heart schools. Known as the "Goals and Criteria,” these principles articulate the core components of a Sacred Heart education, and charge our community with a unified educational mission. At the heart of our philosophy is the belief that each child possesses unique gifts. Our job is to unearth those gifts, nurture them, and empower each child of the Sacred Heart to share those gifts with the global community. Convent of the Sacred Heart is committed to building a community that is anti-racist, anti-bias, fair, inclusive, and welcoming to everyone and seeks candidates who connect to our Mission and Goals.

Lower School Head Teacher
Full Time
Beginning Late August 2021

Convent of the Sacred Heart, PK-12 Catholic independent school for girls located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, seeks a Lower School Head Teacher beginning late August 2021.
Reports to: Head of the Lower School
FLSA: Exempt
Date Posted: February 17, 2021


Masters Degree, Elementary Education preferred

Minimum of two years experience teaching elementary school children

Solid understanding of child development, including cognitive, social, and emotional development

Passion for working with elementary school students

Knowledge of, appreciation for, and demonstrated commitment to anti-racist, anti-bias education, multicultural teaching, and culturally responsive pedagogy

Extremely detail-oriented

Effective oral and written communication skills

Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills, specifically the ability to work effectively on a team with other head and associate teachers

Experience in teaching with technology, especially Google, Zoom, Seesaw, and Smartboard

Ability and willingness to adapt to changing circumstances (comfortability with both teaching in-person and virtually)


Maintain congruence between the school and the mission as articulated in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart schools

Provide a warm and inviting classroom community that promotes a positive and productive learning environment in which each student feels a sense of belonging

Commit to addressing social justice, diversity, equity, and anti-racist, anti-bias education in the curriculum through lessons, actions, and discussions, as well as programs such as Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance)

Develop, plan, and teach social studies, math, reading, and writing lessons: 

Experience with Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance), Singapore Math, Fundations, Fountas & Pinnell, and Writer’s Workshop preferred

Differentiate instruction to support group and individual learning, and provide extra support and enrichment as needed

Select and utilize texts, posters, resources, and language that represent a wide range of identities in daily lessons

Implement classroom management strategies to monitor student behavior

Collaborate effectively with grade-level team members by meeting regularly, sharing resources, and maintaining strong communication

Utilize technology where appropriate when teaching and planning lessons

Plan field trips to enhance the curriculum

Collaborate with specialty teachers, as well as math and reading specialists, to plan and integrate thematic units of study across the curriculum

Work with grade-level team members and the Lower School Dean of Academics & Faculty Development to maintain ongoing curriculum maps and to further develop the curriculum

Identify and respond to individual student’s academic and social-emotional needs in collaboration with the Support Services Team

Meet monthly with the Head of Lower School and Lower School Psychologist to discuss each student’s academic, social, and emotional growth

Monitor student progress to determine the effectiveness of interventions

Maintain accurate, detailed records of student progress, parent communication, and lessons

Communicate effectively with parents on a regular basis through meetings, phone calls, emails, parent teacher conferences, and progress reports

Maintain an informational class webpage for the purpose of disseminating information to parents

Perform assigned, ongoing scheduled responsibilities with care (roof duty, lunch duty, dismissal, etc.)

Attend and participate actively in division and whole school faculty meetings

An equal opportunity employer, Sacred Heart seeks to hire outstanding and diverse faculty who work together harmoniously toward the common mission of the school.

How to Apply: Apply on below link

Link to Full Description:
Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.