Full-time Upper School English Teacher

Castilleja is a dynamic, diverse, and intentional educational community for students in grades 6-12 that believes in the power of women learning and women leading. Founded in 1907, Castilleja fulfills its mission to educate young women to become confident thinkers and compassionate leaders with a sense of purpose to effect change in the world.

 The English Department seeks innovative, inclusive educators with a commitment to curriculum that prepares our students for lifelong engagement with and appreciation of literature. We believe that writing is foundational to developing voice, understanding, and creative expression. Department members pursue varied interests and personal passions within the arts and humanities, and all have a commitment to deep thinking and effective communication in a variety of media. 

Castilleja is a collaborative learning and working environment where we actively support one another’s professional growth and seek interdisciplinary opportunities. Specifically, the US English teacher reports to the English Department Head but works closely with other English teachers and with grade level colleagues. English Teachers in the Upper School typically teach at two grade levels and work with co-teachers. The teacher will also collaborate with grade level colleagues to craft interdisciplinary student experiences and advise students. At Castilleja we know that students thrive when learning happens within and beyond classroom walls and when students actively witness engagement in the greater community by the adults in their lives. Faculty are invited to and supported as they connect with our global programs, advise student community engagement clubs and affinity/identity spaces, and inspire new ways to bring the humanities alive on campus.  

 Important commitments and qualifications for the Upper School English Teacher include:

• Building and sustaining authentic relationships based on mutual trust

• Creating and complementing curriculum that is responsive to students’ needs and identities

• Supporting a classroom culture of collaboration and community

• Demonstrating a commitment to antiracist values and pedagogy

• Understanding adolescent realities with compassion

• Incorporating various modes of teaching and assessing

• Supporting community-wide programming beyond the English classroom

• Displaying an unabashed love of learning

Key Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three years prior teaching experience, preferably in the classroom

  • Proficiency with technology in and out of the classroom 

  • Undergraduate degree

  • Ability to pass state and federal background check, fingerprinting, and provide a recent negative TB screening. 

 For Consideration:

Please send cover letter, resume, and a one-page sample lesson for any 9-12 English class with a short paragraph explaining how the pedagogy in the lesson is connected to your educational philosophy, along with a completed and signed application from the website to hr@castilleja.org. You must use US English in the subject line of your email.