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The Avery Coonley School is a coed PreK-Grade 8 independent school serving bright and academically gifted students.  The school is located in Downers Grove, a suburb 15 miles west of Chicago.

Substitute Middle School Social Studies Teacher (begins January – April, covering a leave of absence)

The Avery Coonley School seeks to hire a dynamic and creative social studies teacher to cover a leave of absence likely beginning January through mid-April, 2019.  The position includes teaching two sections each of seventh and eighth grade U.S. History, and serving as an advisor to 10-12 students. Responsibilities will also include communicating student progress to parents (including completing end-of-trimester report cards), and being available to meet with students outside of class time for additional support.  The candidate will be able to:

·       Employ a variety of instructional strategies for teaching analytic writing, critical reading of primary and secondary sources, and historical thinking;

·       Demonstrate a deep love and knowledge of history and a desire to foster a love of history, civics and current events in students;

·       Integrate technology in a one-on-one classroom environment;

·       Demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with colleagues.

Job Qualifications

A Master’s degree and a minimum of two years of middle school or upper school teaching experience, preferably with bright and/or gifted students, is preferred.


Please e-mail resume and cover letter to:

Substitute Teacher


The Avery Coonley School is actively seeking Substitute Teachers for the current school year. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with previous teaching experience preferred. Experience in independent schools or gifted education is strongly preferred. Experience with the AESOP Substitute Hiring System is a plus!


Position Summary:

To provide meaningful instruction and supervision for assigned classes in the absence of regular classroom teacher.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* Reports to school office at the beginning of the school day to pick up required materials/schedule of classes and at the end of the school day to return materials. Follows sign out procedures as prescribed.

* Carries out a program of study prescribed in the lesson plans left by classroom teacher.

* Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and is appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.

* Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and objectives as indicated in the lesson plans for the lesson, units, or projects assigned.

* Employs instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting lesson objectives.

* Maintains a neat and orderly classroom.

* Takes attendance in accordance with school procedures.

* Insures students are never left unattended in the classroom.

* May perform duties usually required of the absent teacher such as lunchroom duty, hall monitoring, etc.

* Knows emergency evacuation routes for classrooms assigned.

* Performs other related duties as assigned.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter addressing what grade levels/subjects he or she is willing to teach and a resume to:






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