About Us


Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of 512 students (PK-VIII) and 90 faculty, has been a leader in progressive elementary education. The year-long Central Subject study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. Grades 3-8 engage in Central Subject, an in-depth, integrated, yearlong thematic  study of a particular time or people in history.  Faculty who teach a Central Subject are responsible for the skills and content in both social studies/history and language arts and with the support of performing arts and visual arts faculty, the integration these disciplines.  Each Central Subject teacher also serves as a homeroom/advisor for 15-19 students.

Shady Hill is a deeply mission-driven school.  We seek to develop independent, joyful and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. We strive to be a community whose values are strong and which is unafraid to engage students in important questions.The school’s program allows children to explore their worlds and test their powers.  As a diverse school, we believe that an inclusive community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire teachers who share this commitment and demonstrate the skills of culturally competent educators.

Shady Hill School is also a teaching training institution.  Its long-standing Teacher Training Course, which brings as many as eighteen apprentice teachers to campus each year, prepares talented men and women for careers in education and allows each faculty member the opportunity to be a mentor and meaningful contributor to the teaching field.  Because of the school’s commitment to teacher training, the school seeks teachers with certification or demonstrate interest in working towards certification when hired by Shady Hill School.

Shady Hill School actively seeks to forward diversity through its program and hiring.

Faculty Openings

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  • Grade II Gradehead

    In the First and Second Grades, there are two co-teachers who share classroom responsibilities equally for 22 students. Teachers provide a program in which children develop self-confidence, enthusiasm for learning, and respect and appreciation for others.
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Administrative & Staff Openings

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  • Director of Admission and Financial Aid

  • Lower School Division Head

    Basic Purpose: Overall responsibility for the Beginner (PreK) - Grade 4, a 270-student division with 40 faculty.  The Lower School Division Head, Middle School Division Head, Director of Faculty Support & Professional Development, Director of Inclusion & Multicultural Practice, Executive Director of Teacher Training Center, and Head of School, function as a cohesive leadership team so that the day-to-day life of the school operates smoothly within and across divisions. The team also supports the needs of faculty, students and parents, and meets the guidelines and expectations set by the Board of Trustees.  In each division, heads are responsible for: curriculum; supervision, evaluation and professional development of faculty; personal and academic welfare of students, including the coordination of student programs and services, student evaluation and assessment, and scheduling; administration of school-wide policies; and parent education/relations.  Division heads work in concert with department chairs, gradeheads, and department teachers to meet each area of responsibility.

    This leadership team, along with other administrators on the Administrative Council, works to ensure an articulated, coordinated program across the school.  Division heads have a 12-month responsibility.
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  • Lower School Learning Resources Director

    Basic Purpose: The Lower School Learning Resources Director oversees academic support services for Lower School students, and advises and collaborates with administrators, faculty and parents on student progress and evaluation recommendations.
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Other Openings

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  • Afterschool Teacher: Primarily working with GRADES Pre-K - 5

    Basic Purpose: The Shady Hill Afterschool Program is seeking after school staff members for the 2019-20 school year. This is a part-time position. We are seeking dedicated, dynamic and engaging instructors to join our experienced after school team.  This is a great opportunity for those seeking to gain some classroom teaching time, while they are working towards their degree.
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  • Substitute Teacher

    We are currently taking applications for substitute teaching positions in our Lower and Middle School. Candidates for substitute teaching positions should have at least a bachelor’s degree and experience working with children; preference will be given to candidates with degrees in education and to those with a master’s degree.
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Whom To Contact

If we have no posted job openings and you would like to be considered for a future position at our school, please send your cover letter and resume to:

Allison Godlewski
Human Resources Manager

Shady Hill School
178 Coolidge Hill
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138