Middle School Humanities Teacher

The Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School is seeking a full-time middle school Humanities teacher. Kazoo School is a small, independent school that serves students in Pre-K through 8th grade. Curriculum is responsive, interdisciplinary, and child-centered, emphasizing students’ creativity, intrinsic motivation, and love of learning. With small class sizes, students form close relationships with peers and adults, and see themselves as part of a caring community.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has experience teaching integrated English/Language Arts and Social Studies
  • Has a strong understanding of, and compassion for, adolescent development
  • Is a flexible self-starter and a strong team player

Major responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Teaching English/Language Arts and Social Studies through integrated, experiential curriculum
  • Designing and teaching elective classes, drawing on personal passions/expertise and student interests
  • Coordinating with other middle school teachers (Math and Science) and specials teachers (Arts, PE, Spanish) to create a consistent and holistic middle school program
  • Serving as an advisor and mentor to students
  • Differentiating classroom activities to accommodate different learning styles and abilities
  • Employing an inclusive, multi-cultural approach to curricular explorations and discussions
  • Inspiring students’ curiosity, creativity, and confidence
  • Managing classroom dynamics, including modeling conflict resolution strategies and teaching students to be responsible for themselves, their actions, and their materials
  • Monitoring and assessing students’ academic, physical, social-emotional, and creative development
  • Maintaining consistent communication with parents (including formal progress reports and conferences)
  • Planning and/or attending field trips and special events
  • Other professional tasks such as committee work, recess supervision, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in Education, History, English, or related field
  • Knowledge and experience with progressive education philosophy and a constructivist pedagogical approach
  • Solid understanding of the cognitive, social, and emotional issues of adolescents
  • Ability to collaborate, create, modify, and map curriculum with colleagues
  • Clear and consistent communication skills
  • Flexibility in thinking and curiosity to learn
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • CPR, First Aid, and Blood-Borne Pathogen certified or willing to obtain certification upon hire
  • Pass required background checks
  • Complete a Tuberculosis test and provide a physician’s documentation of physical and mental fitness to work with children

Interested candidates should submit a resume (including education and professional experience), cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references to: gro.loohcsoozak@ofni


Part-Time Positions: Substitute Teachers, Support Teachers, Extended Day Program Assistants

We are looking for a few nurturing, energetic, patient, and thoughtful, individuals to join the Kazoo School faculty on a part-time basis. Positions include:

  • Substitute Teachers: PK-8, all subjects (Full day: 7:45-3:30 or partial days)
  • Support Teachers: K-5 Language Arts and Math (hourly)
  • Extended Day Program Assistants (3:15-6:00)
  • Tutors: K-8, all subjects (hourly)

Candidates must:

  • be great team players
  • enjoy working with children
  • communicate clearly and respectfully with children and adults
  • pass required background checks

Desired qualifications:

  • degree or coursework in education, psychology, or related field
  • experience teaching or working with children
  • CPR and First Aid training

Position hours will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and could include times during the school day and/or during Extended Day.

Applicants for all postings should send:  A cover letter, resume and three references to:

Office of the Head of School
Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School
1401 Cherry Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

E-Mail: gro.loohcsoozak@ofni

No telephone inquiries please

The Kazoo School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law in its admission, hiring or financial aid policies.