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Employment at The Siena School

The Siena School is always interested in speaking with highly qualified teachers, staff, and administrators who share our passion for teaching children with different learning styles. While we may not always have a position available, we are happy to learn more about your interests and keep your information on file. Given our continuing growth, it is likely that we may have a position of interest available in the future.  
 
If you are interested in applying for a position at our Silver Spring or Northern Virginia locations, or as a tutor with Siena Tutors, please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@thesienaschool.org.

Northern Virginia Campus

The Siena School is opening a second campus in Northern Virginia in Fall 2021. This new campus will allow us to serve more students with language-based learning differences like dyslexia. It will also allow us to train more leaders and teachers. We have identified potential locations and are expanding our leadership team. This new campus will replicate the current Siena curriculum, core values and framework. 

Mission: The mission and educational model would be identical to Siena's highly successful program in Silver Spring, MD, empowering students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences.

Grades: Accepting applications for grades 3-8 for Fall 2021. Expanding to high school in Fall 2022.

Location: Oakton, VA

Opening: Fall 2021

Full-Time Employment

The Siena School is seeking a full-time middle school math/science teacher (grades 6-8) who is passionate about teaching and our mission of serving bright children with language-based learning differences. We are looking for highly collaborative teachers committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests.  Siena relies heavily on multisensory and differentiated instruction.
The Siena School is one of the nation’s leading independent schools serving bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia (www.thesienaschool.org).  In response to ongoing enrollment growth and significant parent and professional interest, Siena is opening a second campus in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC.  We are hiring for all teaching positions at the school starting Fall 2021!  The school will open with grades 3-8, and then add grades into high school.
At The Siena School, teachers encourage students' creative expression, incorporate student interest and passions, and develop critical thinking by creating a vibrant, student-centered environment that supports the learning and personal growth of each student. Siena faculty and staff work collaboratively with students, parents and professionals to create a nurturing but rigorous learning environment. We know our children well and engage them on a daily basis in exciting, intellectual dialogue. Through individualized, multisensory instruction, students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners.  A positive learning experience inspires our students to have confidence in themselves and their abilities.
Siena teachers work with students in small classes of 10:1 and address individual needs through both small-group and individualized instruction. They are skillful in establishing a strong relationship with students and creating learning opportunities that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their learning needs.  Siena’s Science curriculum focuses on providing experiences and teaching skills for inquiry-based science education rooted in the scientific method, utilizing project based learning, differentiated instruction and facilitation.
 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Teaching in-person at the school and via Zoom in synchronous and asynchronous models
  • Advising students and working with students, parents, and other teachers to fully develop a picture of students’ strengths and learning needs  
  • Creating lesson plans and adapting curriculum to teach math and science
  • Regular and consistent communication with students, parents and colleagues

Qualifications:

  • Masters/advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience (preferred), or Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record and demonstrated career interest in education.
  • Strong math/science content knowledge and teaching skills.
  • Promotes joyful student engagement. 
  • Strong interest in the mission of serving students with dyslexia/language-based learning differences.
  • Experience/comfort level working with middle-school students. 
  • Training or classroom experience in student-advocacy practices, differentiated instruction, and inquiry-based teaching.
  • Training or classroom experience teaching students with learning differences/dyslexia. 
  • Training in multisensory and individualized teaching approaches desirable, but not required, since Siena has targeted and ongoing professional development.
  • Preference for teachers with skills and interest in teaching specials classes (art, music, drama, PE, etc.) as the school grows.
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Citizenship, residency, or work visa in the United States are required.

Additional Salary Information: The position includes a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and benefits package including but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, and professional development opportunities.

The Siena School (www.thesienaschool.org) in Silver Spring, Maryland, is in its 15th year with an expanding enrollment.  The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences.  Siena enrolls approximately 40% students of color.  The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who are regularly published and have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
 
The Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.

The Siena School seeks an experienced reading teacher interested in using small-group instruction, research-based strategies, a multisensory approach, and other best practices. 

The Siena School is one of the nation’s leading independent schools serving bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia (www.thesienaschool.org).  In response to ongoing enrollment growth and significant parent and professional interest, Siena is opening a second campus in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC.  We are hiring for all teaching positions at the school starting Fall 2021!  The school will open with grades 3-8, and then add grades into high school.

Reading is at the center of almost everything we do at Siena.  All students at the school take a reading class each year from 3rd through 8th grade, working on comprehension, fluency and decoding. Siena's reading classes are capped at 10 students, with students subdivided into smaller groups according to areas of need. The classes teach phonology, phonemic awareness, decoding and spelling, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension, though systematic, structured and sequential instruction. Teachers use Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, Phono-Graphix and other methods to teach tools and strategies to students who struggle with reading in these areas.

Candidates should have a desire to teach the core principles of reading and an interest in ongoing professional development and training, which the school provides. Candidates should have a knowledge of dyslexia and instruction for students identified with dyslexia and related disorders. Experience working with students with learning differences preferred. Our teachers design interventions and strategies tailored to each student’s needs.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Teaching in person on-site and via Zoom in synchronous and asynchronous models.
  • Advising students and working with students, parents, and other teachers to fully develop a picture of students’ strengths and learning needs.  
  • Regular and consistent communication with students, parents and colleagues.
  • Promoting joyful student engagement and a commitment to the education of students with dyslexia are essential.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record and demonstrated career interest in education. Advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience strongly preferred.
  • Reading training (e.g. Orton Gillingham).
  • Knowledge in the core processes, skills, and content of reading and its relationship to listening, speaking, and writing.
  • Understand the reading process, particularly phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, decoding, strategic reading, and the application of these skills.
  • Experience teaching specific elements of reading instruction in small groups.
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Citizenship, residency, or work visa in the United States are required.

The Siena School (www.thesienaschool.org) in Silver Spring, Maryland, is in its 15th year with an expanding enrollment.  The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences.  Siena enrolls approximately 40% students of color.  The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who are regularly published and have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.

Additional Salary Information: The position includes a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and benefits package including but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, and professional development opportunities.

The Siena School is seeking full-time elementary teachers (grades 3-5) who are passionate about teaching and our mission of serving bright children with dyslexia and similar learning differences. We are looking for highly collaborative teachers committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests.  Siena relies heavily on multisensory and differentiated instruction.
The Siena School is one of the nation’s leading independent schools serving bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia (www.thesienaschool.org).  In response to ongoing enrollment growth and significant parent and professional interest, Siena is opening a second campus in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC.  We are hiring for all teaching positions at the school starting Fall 2021!  The school will open with grades 3-8, and then add grades into high school.

At The Siena School, teachers encourage students' creative expression, incorporate student interest and passions, and develop critical thinking by creating a vibrant, student-centered environment that supports the learning and personal growth of each student. Siena faculty and staff work collaboratively with students, parents and professionals to create a nurturing but rigorous learning environment. We know our children well and engage them on a daily basis in exciting, intellectual dialogue. Through individualized, multisensory instruction, students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners.  A positive learning experience inspires our students to have confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Siena teachers work with students in small classes of 10:1 and address individual needs through both small-group and individualized instruction. They are skillful in establishing a strong relationship with students and creating learning opportunities that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their learning needs.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Teaching in-person at the school and via Zoom in synchronous and asynchronous models
  • Sharing teaching responsibilities with other teachers in the classroom
  • Advising students and working with students, parents, and other teachers to fully develop a picture of students’ strengths and learning needs  
  • Creating lesson plans and adapting curriculum to teach Language Arts, math, social studies, and science
  • Regular and consistent communication with students, parents and colleagues

Qualifications:

  • Masters/advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience (preferred), or Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record and demonstrated career interest in education.
  • Strong language skills and a desire to make a difference for students whose intellect is ahead of their literacy skills.
  • Promoting joyful student engagement and a commitment to the education of students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences are essential.
  • Comfort level with elementary-age children, student-advocacy practices, and inquiry-based instruction.
  • Training or classroom experience with elementary grades, differentiation and/or students with learning differences/dyslexia. 
  • Training in multisensory, structured language approaches desirable, but not required, since Siena has targeted and ongoing professional development in reading instruction/learning differences.
  • Preference for teachers with skills and interest in teaching specials classes (art, music, drama, PE, etc.) as the school grows.
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Citizenship, residency, or work Visa in the United States are required.

Additional Salary Information: The position includes a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and benefits package including but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, and professional development opportunities.

The Siena School (www.thesienaschool.org) in Silver Spring, Maryland, is in its 15th year with an expanding enrollment.  The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences.  Siena enrolls approximately 40% students of color.  The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who are regularly published and have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
 
The Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.

Part-Time Employment

The Siena School is seeking part-time Specials teachers (grades 3-8) who are passionate about teaching and our mission of serving bright children with language-based learning differences. We are looking for highly collaborative teachers committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests.  Siena relies heavily on multisensory and differentiated instruction.


The Siena School is one of the nation’s leading independent schools serving bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia (www.thesienaschool.org).  In response to ongoing enrollment growth and significant parent and professional interest, Siena is opening a second campus in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC.  We are hiring for all teaching positions at the school starting Fall 2021!  The school will open with grades 3-8, and then add grades into high school.


At The Siena School, teachers encourage students' creative expression, incorporate student interest and passions, and develop critical thinking by creating a vibrant, student-centered environment that supports the learning and personal growth of each student. Siena faculty and staff work collaboratively with students, parents and professionals to create a nurturing but rigorous learning environment. We know our children well and engage them on a daily basis in exciting, intellectual dialogue. Through individualized, multisensory instruction, students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners.  A positive learning experience inspires our students to have confidence in themselves and their abilities.


Siena teachers work with students in small classes of 10:1 and address individual needs through both small-group and individualized instruction. They are skillful in establishing a strong relationship with students and creating learning opportunities that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their learning needs.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Teaching in-person at the school and via Zoom in synchronous and asynchronous models
  • Advising students and working with students, parents, and other teachers to fully develop a picture of students’ strengths and learning needs  
  • Creating lesson plans and adapting curriculum to art, music, drama, PE, and more!
  • Regular and consistent communication with students, parents and colleagues

Qualifications:

  • Masters/advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience (preferred), or Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record and demonstrated career interest in education.
  • Strong content knowledge and teaching skills.
  • Promotes joyful student engagement. 
  • Strong interest in the mission of serving students with dyslexia/language-based learning differences.
  • Experience/comfort level working with elementary and middle-school students. 
  • Training or classroom experience in student-advocacy practices, differentiated instruction, and inquiry-based teaching.
  • Training or classroom experience teaching students with learning differences/dyslexia. 
  • Training in multisensory and individualized teaching approaches desirable, but not required, since Siena has targeted and ongoing professional development.
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Citizenship, residency, or work visa in the United States are required.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@thesienaschool.org. No phone inquiries please.

Additional Salary Information: The position will include hourly salary.  Depending on weekly scheduled hours, opportunity to earn benefits, commensurate with experience including but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, and professional development opportunities.
 
The Siena School (www.thesienaschool.org) in Silver Spring, Maryland, is in its 15th year with an expanding enrollment.  The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences.  Siena enrolls approximately 40% students of color.  The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who are regularly published and have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
 
The Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.


Silver Spring Campus

The Siena School in Silver Spring, Maryland, is in its 15th year with an expanding enrollment. The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences. With 130 students in grades 4-12, including 40% students of color, the school has completed a new wing, increasing capacity to over 150 students. The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.

Full-Time Employment

The Siena School is seeking to fill the position of Finance and Human Resources Specialist.  The Siena School, founded in 2005, currently has a campus, with 135 students, in Silver Spring, MD, and is expanding to Northern Virginia, beginning with grades 3-8 with limited enrollment. The school serves bright college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. 

The Finance Specialist will be an integral part of The Siena School administrative team, working from Silver Spring, and will report directly to the Business Manager and will support the Business Manager in any or all facets of Finance and Human Resources as related to the two campuses.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists with all aspects of the business office to include tuition billing and collection, incidental billing, auxiliary programs, accounts payable/receivables, credit card and bank reconciliations, and payroll.
  • Monitors all income and expenses, vendor contracts, risk management, and banking activities.
  • Updates and maintains confidential personnel files, and assists with the hiring and on-boarding of all new employees. Stays current on new legislation and compliance requirements.  Ensures that human resource policies and practices are clearly articulated and consistently applied.
  • Helps to administer employee benefit programs to include health care, group insurance, and retirement fund.
  • Works with CPA and the Business Manager to provide reporting for taxes and annual audit. Prepares vendor 1099’s.
  • Assists with preparing the annual budget.  Provides regular financial reports for school leadership and the board.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree, accounting or finance preferred
  • A minimum of three years of experience in finance/accounting
  • Prior experience with Human Resources is preferred but not required.
  • Familiarity with a school environment is a plus.
  • Proficiency with Quickbooks, and Excel preferred
  • Proven success as a team player
  • High ethical standards
  • Ability to set priorities, organize, analyze, work independently, meet deadlines, problem solve, and multi-task.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and is detail oriented.  
  • The ability to work collaboratively with coworkers and other school community members.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Amy Walker at awalker@thesienaschool.org.

The Siena School is seeking a full-time high school English and Government teacher for the 2021-22 school year who is passionate about teaching and an advocate for children with learning differences. We are looking for a highly collaborative teacher committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests and committed to multisensory and differentiated instruction.

Siena's humanities curriculum focuses on building written and oral language skills.  The successful candidate will have experience providing individualized feedback and support during the writing process, and be proficient in providing experiential instruction that builds knowledge as well as skills. Government classes are conducted seminar-style with a focus on analyzing primary source texts to engage students and personalize their understanding of each topic studied. Students learn how to annotate and dissect primary sources and to use evidence to support their verbal and oral discourse. History and English courses are connected to create an interdisciplinary experience. With a passion for their subject, the successful applicant will enjoy working with other educators in a collaborative environment, integrating technology in a 1:1 Chromebook environment. 

At The Siena School, teachers encourage students' creative expression, incorporate student interest and passions, and develop critical thinking by creating a vibrant, student-centered environment that supports the learning and personal growth of each student. Siena faculty and staff work collaboratively with students, parents and professionals to create a nurturing but rigorous learning environment. We know our children well and engage them on a daily basis in exciting, intellectual dialogue. Through individualized, multisensory instruction, students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners.  A positive learning experience inspires our students to have confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Siena teachers work with students in small classes of 10:1 and address their individualized needs through both small-group and individualized instruction. They are skillful in establishing a strong relationship with students and creating learning opportunities that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their learning needs.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated career interest in education
  • Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record. Advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience preferred
  • Strong language skills and a desire to make a difference for students whose intellect is ahead of their literacy skills
  • Promoting joyful student engagement and a commitment to the education of dyslexic students are essential.
  • Training or classroom experience with high school students, differentiation and/or students with learning differences/dyslexia 

The Siena School is seeking a full-time high school English teacher for the 2021-22 school year who is passionate about teaching and an advocate for children with learning differences. We are looking for a highly collaborative teacher committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests and committed to multisensory and differentiated instruction.

Siena's English curriculum focuses on building written and oral language skills.  The successful candidate will have experience providing individualized feedback and support during the writing process, and be proficient in providing experiential instruction that builds knowledge as well as skills. Through a seminar-style, discussion-based class, students are taught to interact with the text through annotation and learn to recognize patterns and ask questions while reading. Students complete creative projects, analytical essays, short research projects, and expository and creative writing. Instruction in grammar and vocabulary is embedded within the curriculum. Throughout the year students study at least four literary genres: the novel, the short story, poetry, and drama. History and English courses are connected to create an interdisciplinary experience and field trips to related productions or exhibits are prioritized when they become available in the area. With a passion for their subject, the successful applicant will enjoy working with other educators in a collaborative environment, integrating technology in a 1:1 Chromebook environment. 

At The Siena School, teachers encourage students' creative expression, incorporate student interest and passions, and develop critical thinking by creating a vibrant, student-centered environment that supports the learning and personal growth of each student. Siena faculty and staff work collaboratively with students, parents and professionals to create a nurturing but rigorous learning environment. We know our children well and engage them on a daily basis in exciting, intellectual dialogue. Through individualized, multisensory instruction, students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners.  A positive learning experience inspires our students to have confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Siena teachers work with students in small classes of 10:1 and address their individualized needs through both small-group and individualized instruction. They are skillful in establishing a strong relationship with students and creating learning opportunities that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their learning needs.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated career interest in education
  • Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record. Advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience preferred
  • Strong language skills and a desire to make a difference for students whose intellect is ahead of their literacy skills
  • Promoting joyful student engagement and a commitment to the education of dyslexic students are essential.
  • Training or classroom experience with high school students, differentiation and/or students with learning differences/dyslexia 
     

The Siena School is seeking a culturally competent, caring and experienced school counselor to join a dynamic and creative team. As a school committed to academic excellence, educational innovation and social justice, the School Counselor will serve as a key member of the Guidance Team in supporting the social-emotional well-being of all students. The School Counselor is responsible for designing and delivering social-emotional learning through classroom lessons, school-wide initiatives, consultation with staff, and parent workshops. The Counselor will also meet with students in individual and small group settings. The Counselor will be based at the Silver Spring campus and will support the Northern Virginia campus remotely.

Responsibilities:

Policies and Record Keeping

  • With administration, creates and maintains policies for the counseling department 
  • Creates and maintains confidential records 

Counseling Support

  • The counselor serves as the main mental wellness liaison for students, parents, teachers, administrators, and outside clinicians 
  • Meets regularly with the Head of School and other members of the Guidance Team to communicate student progress and/or concerns
  • Serves as a resource for parents, faculty and administration in addressing concerns pertaining to students
  • Provides 1:1 counseling support to students on a short-term and drop-in basis 
  • Makes appropriate referrals to families for specialized support services 
  • Provides crisis intervention and assessment as needed
  • Actively engages and supports the School’s commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community
  • Runs ongoing groups for students on issues related to social-emotional and mental wellness (i.e. friendship, stress management,  etc.) 
  • Partners with teachers to develop strategies for specific students and conduct student observations as necessary
  • Provides consultation to teachers and other school personnel regarding student needs and supports 
  • Consults with outside therapists to support individual students and families

Programming

  • Develops and implements schoolwide programming on topics related to social-emotional and mental health 
  • Creates and co-leads a health curriculum that addresses social-emotional wellbeing, drugs, alcohol, body image, sexual education, anxiety, wellness, and other relevant topics 
  • Leads, trains and oversees high school students for the peer mediation program
  • Provides professional development to staff about topics of mental health and social emotional wellbeing
  • Organizes and facilitates regular discussions with parents around pertinent topics
  • Develops programming that responds to the needs of the school community
  • Other duties as assigned 

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Professional Mental Health/Counseling or School Counseling Degree
  • Professional mental health license
  • Experience working with a variety of age groups from elementary through high school
  • Ability to work with a dynamic and engaging staff and school community
  • Ability to effectively listen, respond, and present information to students, parents, faculty and staff.
  • Ability to take initiative and demonstrate strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive information in the strictest of confidence, exercising absolute discretion and professionalism
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development 
  • Strong interpersonal and group facilitation skills

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the school.

Part-Time Employment

The Siena School is seeking a part-time high school English teacher for the 2021-22 school year who is passionate about teaching and an advocate for children with learning differences. We are looking for a highly collaborative teacher committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests and committed to multisensory and differentiated instruction. This position would teach grades 9 and 10.

Siena's English curriculum focuses on building written and oral language skills.  The successful candidate will have experience providing individualized feedback and support during the writing process, and be proficient in providing experiential instruction that builds knowledge as well as skills. Through a seminar-style, discussion-based class, students are taught to interact with the text through annotation and learn to recognize patterns and ask questions while reading. Students complete creative projects, analytical essays, short research projects, and expository and creative writing. Instruction in grammar and vocabulary is embedded within the curriculum. Throughout the year students study at least four literary genres: the novel, the short story, poetry, and drama. History and English courses are connected to create an interdisciplinary experience and field trips to related productions or exhibits are prioritized when they become available in the area. With a passion for their subject, the successful applicant will enjoy working with other educators in a collaborative environment, integrating technology in a 1:1 Chromebook environment. 

At The Siena School, teachers encourage students' creative expression, incorporate student interest and passions, and develop critical thinking by creating a vibrant, student-centered environment that supports the learning and personal growth of each student. Siena faculty and staff work collaboratively with students, parents and professionals to create a nurturing but rigorous learning environment. We know our children well and engage them on a daily basis in exciting, intellectual dialogue. Through individualized, multisensory instruction, students develop critical thinking skills and acquire the tools and strategies needed to become successful and independent learners.  A positive learning experience inspires our students to have confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Siena teachers work with students in small classes of 10:1 and address their individualized needs through both small-group and individualized instruction. They are skillful in establishing a strong relationship with students and creating learning opportunities that motivate and inspire students to develop all aspects of their learning needs.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated career interest in education
  • Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record. Advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience preferred
  • Strong language skills and a desire to make a difference for students whose intellect is ahead of their literacy skills
  • Promoting joyful student engagement and a commitment to the education of dyslexic students are essential.
  • Training or classroom experience with high school students, differentiation and/or students with learning differences/dyslexia 

The Siena School seeks substitute teachers to assist with daily teaching requirements on an as-needed basis. The school serves bright college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. Experience working with students with learning differences preferred.


Siena Tutors

The Siena School is hiring tutors for elementary, middle and high school students to provide targeted instruction and support in reading, writing, math, executive functioning skills, and other core subjects. Our Tutors work 1:1 with students outside of school hours to target skill development, support knowledge and use of student learning strategies, and promote healthy self-confidence. We are looking for tutors who understand the connections with language and learning, have excellent people skills, and are enthusiastic about helping children who learn differently. 

Part-Time Employment

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual, regular tutoring sessions with students in a specific area of support  (executive function skills/organization, the writing process, reading development, math, and/or other subject specific support such as science or social studies).
  • Consistent and regular parent communication regarding student’s progress.
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to tailor the tutoring experience to the individual needs of each student with focused comments on important aspects of a student’s progress, and clearly identified goals for further progress in the specific area of focus.
  • Accurate record keeping, including logging hours.
  • Regular feedback to the Director of Tutoring.
  • Develop learning plans, implement assessments, and report student progress under the direction of the Director of Tutoring Services.

Qualifications:

All Tutors

  • Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record. 
  • Advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience preferred.
  • Experience teaching/tutoring elementary, middle and/or high school students including students with learning differences/dyslexia; training or classroom experience working with students one-on-one or in small groups and with differentiation strategies.
  • Training in multisensory, structured language education desirable. 
  • Available after school, evenings and/or weekends; hours are flexible.
  • Engage in professional development provided by The Siena School.
  • Strong language skills and a desire to make a difference for students whose intellect is ahead of their literacy skills.
  • High degree of reliability and consistency and strong organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail regarding work schedule, assessment, and paperwork.
  • Able to work remotely with reliable internet access and computer to provide on-line tutoring. Some tutoring positions will transition to in-person work as is deemed safe to return due to Covid-19, while other Siena tutors will continue to work virtually with students as family and schooling needs dictate.
  • Strong technology skills (especially Microsoft OS, MS Office programs, Google Suite).
  • Comfortable with and uses technology tools for instruction, planning, and communication. Willing to learn new uses/applications of technology tools to support individual student’s needs.
  • Personable and joyful working with school-age children.

Specific to Reading Tutors

  • Reading training (e.g. Orton Gillingham).
  • Knowledge in the core processes, skills, and content of reading and its relationship to listening, speaking, and writing.
  • Understand the reading process, particularly phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, decoding, strategic reading, and the application of these skills.
  • Experience teaching specific elements of reading instruction in 1:1 and/or small groups.

Hourly pay dependent on experience and qualifications.

The Siena School (www.thesienaschool.org) in Silver Spring, Maryland, is in its 15th year with an expanding enrollment. The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences. With 130 students in grades 4-12, including 40% students of color, the school has completed a new wing, increasing capacity to over 150 students. The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply / Contact

For immediate consideration, interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume to Ann Mullen at amullen@sienatutors.org. No phone calls please.

What do Siena parents say about our faculty?

"We had a wonderful and very encouraging experience meeting with all of her teachers. I continue to be amazed and grateful at how clearly her teachers see her for all of her gifts and can clearly identify ways to address her challenges." - Siena Parent

"We have seen our son grow into a self-confident and mature young man thanks to the dedication and support of all the amazing staff at Siena and the programs they offer." - Siena Parent

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