Serving Children from Norwalk and Stamford

Lead Teacher Summer 2021

Position Description

Overview: Horizons at New Canaan Country School is seeking exceptional lead teacher candidates for Summer 2021. The Lead Teacher is responsible for the planning and execution of their summer curriculum for their students and for creating a classroom environment that supports the Horizons mission of empowering students who take risks, learn from failure, and feel affirmed in their leadership. 

About Horizons: Started in 1964, Horizons at New Canaan Country School has grown to be a K-12 Academic and Enrichment Program serving close to 400 students from Stamford and Norwalk. The purpose of the program is to help students grow in their academic and overall personal development so that they are able to pursue their dreams and fulfill their ultimate potential. The program is anchored by a 6-week summer program hosted at New Canaan Country School for its K-9 students where students have a daily schedule that includes academics, enrichments (including sports, art, and music), and daily afternoon swimming. Class size is 12 students and the teacher has the opportunity to design a curriculum that fits the needs of the students-emphasizing project based learning and creative ways of teaching content. We have a veteran and diverse faculty who share a commitment to our students and their families. This summer, due to Covid-19, teachers will potentially teach students virtually and in-person. 


The Lead Teacher is responsible for the following:

  • Creating a curriculum for their students that emphasizes project or play based learning and is comprehensive of academic and personal growth standards. 
  • Execute the curriculum during the 6-week summer program. Students attend the program from 8:15am to 3:00pm from Tuesday, June 28 through Friday, July 31st.
  • Create a classroom environment that supports the Horizons mission of empowering students who take risks, learn from failure, and feel affirmed in their leadership.
  • Develop specialized learning plans for students on an as needed basis. 
  • Work in partnership with an assigned Teaching Assistant in their classroom to enhance student learning; support the development of the assigned Teaching Assistant. 
  • Partner with colleagues so that the student experience is consistent between classes and connected to the summer theme. 
  • Participate in afternoon recreational swimming (or alternate activity) each afternoon with students. 
  • Attend faculty development days on Saturday, May 8th, Tuesday, June 22nd - Friday, June 25th


The ideal applicant will demonstrate the following:

  • Commitment to the Horizons mission and deep belief in the potential of each child
  • Ability to build strong relationships with students, families, and colleagues in a short period of time
  • Creativity and experience developing theme or project based units that expose students to content they may not receive during the regular school year
  • Experience interpreting standardized test data and using it to inform whole group, small group, and individual instruction
  • Strong organization and systems; can manage multiple projects and adapt to challenges and changes without dropping balls
  • Teaching experience of at least 2 years preferred; Bachelor’s Degree required 
  • Can operate virtual classroom technology (e.g., Google Classroom, Zoom, etc.)

Compensation: New teachers earn a starting stipend of $6,000 for the summer. 


Open positions: We are hiring for the following positions:

  • 4th Grade Lead Teacher
  • 6th Grade STEAM
  • 8th Grade Math Teacher
  • 9th Grade ELA Lead Teacher


To apply: To apply please send a resume to Lavone Roberson at and click on the link below to complete the application.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.