The Shipley School
  • Bryn Mawr, PA, USA
  • Part Time

Substitute Teacher (Lower School)

Position Title: Substitute Teacher
Reports To: Division Head
Status: Exempt
Classification: Faculty
FTE: 1.0

Position Purpose: The Substitute Teacher is responsible for operating a class in the absence of the regular teacher

Essential Functions:

  • Teaches content and skills in subject area utilizing curriculum designated by the school
  • Maintains a discipline and classroom control that fosters a safe and positive environment for all students and staff in accordance with school policies
  • Implements lesson plans, while ensuring the integrity of academic time and in a manner which motivates students to learn and participate
  • Provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student and subgroups of students.
  • Organizes students for effective instruction
  • Evaluates each student's progress in meeting the course standards.
  • Completes a Substitute Teacher Report Form for the regular classroom teacher
  • Administers testing in accordance with division testing practices.
  • Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve learning, health and behavior problems
  • Participates in faculty committees and the sponsorship of student activities
  • Communicates with parents and school counselors on student progress
  • Complies with and supports school regulations and policies
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by division head


  • Bachelor's degree or post graduate work in subject matter and/or counseling
  • A minimum of five years teaching and administration experience in an independent school environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and facilitative skills


Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Works in a highly stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
  • May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.
  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Work primarily in a traditional climate controlled office environment.
  • Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold
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