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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.

Lower School Teacher

Job Description 

The Avery Coonley School seeks to hire a dynamic and creative lower school teacher to assume duties beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.   This is a full-time position. We are looking for a teacher who has a passion, energy and enthusiasm for working with academically gifted lower school aged children.  The successful candidate will work effectively as a team member to plan and implement an educational program that meets the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of individuals and the whole class through developmentally-appropriate practices. 

This candidate will have background and/or experience in education at the elementary or early childhood level and be able to foster an innovated learning environment that is stimulating, safe, and nurturing for children.    

Job Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree and a minimum of two years of lower school teaching experience, preferably with bright and/or gifted students, are preferred.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with school administrative and instructional personnel.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of instructional strategies, resources, and practices in elementary school curriculum areas.
  • Strong communication skills utilizing person-to-person, written, and technological modalities.
  • Ability to cultivate strong partnerships with parents.
  • Teaching certification required.
  • Gifted education experience preferred.

Please e-mail resume and cover letter to:

Middle School Literacy Teacher


Job Description: 

The Avery Coonley School seeks to hire a dynamic and creative full-time middle school literacy teacher to join our experienced and innovative faculty for the 2020-2021 school year. The candidate should:

  • care deeply about fostering a love of reading and writing in students;
  • be well versed in strategies for teaching analytical writing;
  • prioritize interdisciplinary studies;
  • be curious about ways to integrate technology and media literacy for 21st century learning; and
  • demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with colleagues. 


Job Qualifications:

A master's degree and experience working with academically bright and/or gifted students are preferred. Other responsibilities will include serving as an advisor to 10-13 students, maintaining regular communication with parents, and serving on the Literacy curriculum committee.

Independent school teaching experience is advantageous. Candidates with at least two years of middle or upper school teaching experience are encouraged to apply.

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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