Hawken School is committed to doing school differently and better. This means developing an inclusive and accepting community where adults feel empowered to design educational experiences for students that deepen their learning, engaging their emotions as well as their intellects. Hawken School seeks culturally competent teachers who are committed to equity and social justice, comfortable taking risks, and who embrace a growth mindset. Our faculty members are constantly looking for new ways to inspire student curiosity while remaining dedicated to nurturing compassion and kindness in our students.  


Hawken School is seeking a dynamic, and innovative individual who is committed to teaching the whole child. Candidates should be eager to work in a positive, dynamic and collaborative team-based environment with thoughtful individuals committed to doing school better. 


  • An educational degree or school-based experiences preferred
  • Deep understanding of the developmental needs of middle school learners
  • Joyful enthusiasm for supporting and working with middle school learners
  • Willingness and eagerness to assist in the life of the School
  • Some classroom experience and project-based learning preferred
  • Flexibility, energy, creativity, developmentally appropriate expectations and a sense of humor


  • Support and collaborate with 8th-grade faculty classroom lead teachers in core and elective classes.
  • Serve as an active member of the 8th-grade team
  • Serve as a co-advisor of 12-14 students with an 8th-grade faculty member
  • Perform other teaching and non-teaching duties as assigned by the Middle School Director or Head of School
Because Hawken believes in supporting teachers’ passions, in deepening their expertise, and in fueling their spirit of innovation, we provide substantive professional development opportunities that lead to the kinds of excellence that are a hallmark of our community.


Founded on the ideal that “the better self shall prevail and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life,” Hawken School is a coeducational independent day school with 1,550 students from toddler through grade 12. Our four campuses are located within 25 minutes of downtown Cleveland, with  two campuses in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, a campus on Cleveland’s west side, and a campus in University Circle, home to the Mastery School of Hawken and also our school-wide center for experiential and service learning . A nationally recognized leader in innovative programming, Hawken prepares students to meet the challenges of tomorrow's world.


Lyndhurst: Lower and Middle School (Toddler – Grade 8)

Hawken’s Lyndhurst campus houses programs for toddlers through grade eight that reflect the school’s dual commitment to academic and social curricula. Beginning in Early Childhood, students are taught in developmentally appropriate ways to make choices, manage time, think critically and creatively, develop ownership for their learning, and engage others with empathy. Hawken’s Lower School program focuses on building a strong foundation in basic academic skills with an increasing emphasis on personal responsibility. With a focus on hands-on learning and student choice, our Middle School program enables students to be active participants in their education. By exploring science, math, and the humanities using an interdisciplinary and experience-based approach, students dive deeply into subject areas and become immersed in the process of learning and discovery.

To learn more about us, visit www.hawken.edu


Please send a resume, references, and a cover letter to: Dr. Michelle Harris, Middle School Director, at middleschoolemployment@hawken.edu

Hawken School is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting all forms of diversity in the workplace and in our student body. We strongly urge all qualified individuals to apply.
An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, toddler through grade 12

Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Birchwood School of Hawken, 4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 

Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Mastery School of Hawken, 11025 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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