St. Michael’s Country Day School is a secular, independent Preschool (age 3) to 8th grade day school in Newport, RI. St. Michael’s Country Day School provides a dynamic curriculum that is built on excellence and inspires students to:
Learn with confidence • Lead with character • Achieve lasting success
St. Michael’s values and supports reflective teaching practices, on-going professional development and teachers who see themselves as lifelong learners.
St. Michael’s is an equal opportunity employer and as such does not discriminate against an individual in regard to race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws.
Learning Specialist Position for the 2023-24 School Year
The Opportunity/Key Responsibilities: The Elementary Learning Specialist (LS) position is a full time, co-teaching position spanning two grade levels. The LS will work collaboratively with general education teachers in the classroom to plan and execute lessons, making modifications and accommodations to allow all students to access the St. Michael’s curriculum. The Learning Specialist will work closely with the Dean of Students, consulting Occupational Therapist, consulting counselor, and other LS on staff. The Learning Specialist will help to implement student support services, serving as a resource for students and teachers and providing direct service to students, both individually and in groups, as well as providing services to students during a resource block once per week. They will foster self-advocacy, support academic challenges and executive functioning, and work with students on the development of reading, written expression, and mathematics. They should possess knowledge about a range of learning disabilities, social-emotional well-being, test anxiety, and general executive functioning challenges and their impact. Know how to plan and implement individualized lessons to target direct skills and deficits for students with learning challenges. Ability to create individualized learning plans based on student evaluations. The LS should also be comfortable providing family education and serving as a resource for families. Capacity to relate to, establish rapport with, and motivate students to succeed, self-advocate, and take advantage of resources and support. Additional responsibilities, as assigned.
Desired Qualifications: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area, with a preference for a master’s degree in special education, and school teaching experience. Familiarity working in a co-taught setting is desirable. Certification in Orton Gillingham or Wilson Phonics instruction is strongly preferred.
To Apply: Submit the following to Walter Landberg, Head of School at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover letter explaining interests and qualifications;
- Three references including names, email addresses, and phone numbers;
Theatre at St. Michael’s Camp (TASM)
Theatre at St. Michael’s Camp is the performing arts summer program based at St. Michael’s School in Newport RI. Since its first summer in 2001, TASM has been offering a variety of theatrical sessions for young thespians. This summer, TASM runs 5 weeks, from June 26 – July 29, with 2 major theatrical performances – a Shakespearean play (2023’s offering is A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and an original musical. Each of those productions has a 2-week rehearsal process (the musical has an additional week to create the script, music and design), and concurrently a 2-week rehearsal/tech/run process. There are generally 6-8 campers who register to do tech in addition to the 25 campers who register to act, all ranging in age from 9-16 years old. TASM faculty includes a production team of director, choreographer, and assistant or musical director for each show, as well as a tech director for the full summer season, and number of camp counselors who help out with all aspects of the productions. To get a feel of what we have done in past years, please browse through the TASM website and photo or video gallery.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Christina Johnston, TASM Camp Director.
For summer 2023, TASM is accepting applications for a Tech Director to design & implement set, lights & sound, and help with costumes & props, for 2 shows through the Theatre at St. Michael’s summer camp program. In addition, the TD would be working with the campers signed up as techies (ages 9 – 16 ) to help them learn & do the tech work. The position of TD would support the camp productions by designing (or mentoring campers to design) the sets & lighting for each session, leading a team of campers and counselors to implement those designs for performances, and helping to run the shows. In addition, the TD should be ready to support the costuming needs and sound system (though costume and sound design can generally be headed up by another member of the production team). The camp day runs Monday-Friday, from 9:00 – 4:00, but of course faculty and staff often work beyond those hours to ensure that all is ready for the production. Performances are held on Friday and Saturday nights, July 14 & 15, and July 28 & 29, with a full summer camp strike day on Monday July 31.
We also need a choreographer for our three-week Musical production (June 27 – July 15) in which campers create an original show. During the first week, campers write the script, help to compose songs and design the set for a full-scale Broadway-style musical. In the second and third weeks, campers learn, rehearse and eventually perform their show on Friday night July 15 and Saturday night July 16. The choreographer position is half-day for those 3 weeks, starting with some basic movement/ dance classes, and leading into teaching choreography (as the songs get written and the show is cast) and then into rehearsal and production.
Founded in 1938, SMCDS is an independent day school of 250 students serving children from toddler through grade eight, with toddler class sizes ranging from 7-12 students.
The school’s well-appointed 7-acre campus is situated in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Teachers have the opportunity to integrate the geographic and cultural surroundings into their curricular programming. There are numerous universities and colleges close by, adding to the cultural and intellectual climate of the area. Newport is very close to Providence and Boston is less than 2 hours away. This is a highly desirable place to live and work.
Statement on Diversity
St. Michael’s Country Day School has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, the school believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws.