For the 2021-22 school year, Far Brook School will be hiring a Teaching Fellows. The ideal candidate is someone who is beginning their teaching career and is looking for an opportunity to learn from mentor teachers while teaching and/or coaching in a setting that provides support and an opportunity for feedback and reflection. We will select fellows to teach and assist in Grades N-3 and 5-6, and other duties will be dependent upon the School’s needs at the time of hiring.
The Far Brook Teaching Fellowship Program
Teaching Fellows begin their commitment to the School in late August with a week of orientation and planning before students arrive. Except for school vacations, the Fellow is expected to work full-time until the end of the school year in early June. A stipend is paid to Fellows on a twelve-month basis, including health insurance and other benefits, beginning in September. (salary- first year in program $28,000)
Far Brook’s Teaching Fellow Program strives to provide a positive, supportive teaching experience for those beginning their teaching careers. The framework of the program allows a teacher to start off gaining experience gradually and with support. The Fellow’s independence and responsibility should increase over the course of the year, depending on the growth of the individual and the needs of the classroom to which the Fellow is assigned. Central to the program is the idea that teachers learn by doing, but also by receiving feedback and having time to reflect on the practice of teaching. These beliefs help inform the structure of the Far Brook program.
Teaching Fellows will work closely with a more experienced classroom teacher. A Fellow can expect to support the classroom teacher in daily classroom tasks such as organizing materials, preparing assignments, and keeping track of student progress and assessments. Additionally, the Fellow will work closely with the classroom teacher for planned opportunities to prepare and teach lessons. Fellows will have a chance to reflect on the instruction they provided and ways to improve student learning. In addition to the classroom teacher with whom they work, Fellows will also have a faculty mentor. The Fellow will have opportunities to observe the mentor teach and also get feedback on his or her own teaching from the mentor.
- Responsible for working with the lead teacher to design, plan, and execute daily lessons
- Responsible for assisting with all students’ well-being and check -in with lead teacher to provide updates on observations of students
- Reading/ Writing/ Social Studies: responsible for mastering content of minilessons and conducting conferences during literacy workshop time (Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Workshop)
- Responsible for teaching word study curriculum
- Middle School, Grade 5/6 Community Group Assistant Leader
- Attend school evening/weekend events for your grade level
- Attend faculty meetings each Wednesday, 3:30-5:00 PM
- September: Develop personal teaching goals
- January and May: Meet with administrator to assess goals
- Opportunity to teach and receive feedback from classroom teacher
- Collaborate with Far Brook Learning Specialist and Literacy Specialist
- Attend weekly meetings with a faculty mentor
- Opportunity to teach and receive feedback from other experienced Far Brook teachers
- Assistance with NJ teaching certificate program
Available After-School Teaching Responsibilities Including a Stipend
- Assisting with the interscholastic basketball program with Gr. 6-8 from Dec-Feb.
- Chaperoning ski club to Shawnee Mountain (Fridays in Jan and Feb with a 3:00-10:30 PM commitment, with ski rental, ski ticket, and dinner voucher included in addition to stipend.) For each trip 4 chaperones are committed to join the students.
- Substitute teaching for an absent teacher in the After- School Program. The After-School Program Coordinator has additional information.
- Winter STEAM Camp (December/ January) and Summer 2018 & 2019 STEAM Camp (June and August). These programs are open to students in Gr. 2-8. The Summer STEAM Camp Coordinator can provide additional details.
- Additional Summer Program opportunities that become available.
- Academic tutoring/ homework helper as recommended to families by Division Director or Learning Specialist.
Available Volunteer Positions
- Spectrum, monthly diversity club open to students in Gr. 6-8 and coordinated by the Director of Diversity. Days TBD and activities run from 3:30-5:00 PM.
- Girls Learn International (GLI), weekly club for Gr. 6-8 focusing on human rights around the world, coordinated by a faculty member and two alumni parents on Friday afternoons from 3-4:00 PM.
- Volunteer at annual Widening the Lens Diversity Conference held at Far Brook in November
- Chaperone Grades 7 and 8 evening socials (October and May) or daytime weekend social (March)
- Chaperone overnight trips (Adirondacks, Atlanta Social Justice Trip, Canada, or Washington, D.C.)
Professional Development Opportunities
- Weekly Faculty/Staff Meetings Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 PM
- Monthly Diversity Faculty/Staff Meetings led by Director of Diversity, Equity, and Community
- Monthly Professional Study Groups: Learning Communities coordinated by faculty leaders
- Teachers’ College Reading and Writing literacy meetings and specialty workshops available
- NJAIS (New Jersey Association of Independent Schools) workshops and institutes available
Additional Information Available
- Far Brook School Employee Benefits Summary
- Far Brook School Calendar
- Far Brook School Employee Handbook (information from Business Office)