Elementary School Principal (Alice M. Barrows Elementary School)

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Reading Public Schools

Michelle Roach
Human Resources Director
82 Oakland Road
Reading, MA 01867

Phone: 781-944-5800
Fax: 781-942-9149

Student Enrollment: 4,000
Staff Employment: 900
Approximate number of teachers hired annually: 35
Approximate number of paraprofessionals/instructional aides hired annually: 30

Michelle Roach
Human Resources Director

It is the vision of the Reading Public Schools to instill a joy of learning by inspiring, engaging and supporting our youth to become the innovative leaders of tomorrow. We focus on a few key strategic initiatives that lead to a meaningful and relevant curriculum, innovative instructional practices, strong analysis and thoughtful dialogue about evidence, a collaborative and team approach to learning and teaching, and a safe and nurturing learning environment. The overall physical and behavioral well-being of our children is our top priority as students will not learn if they are not physically and psychologically safe. In Reading, education is the shared responsibility of both the schools and the community, with families playing active roles in the schools and being full partners in ensuring the success of their children. In the interest of the entire Reading community, the school district and town government work cooperatively and collaboratively. As educators and members of our community, we believe that implementing this vision is our ethical responsibility to the children of the Town of Reading.

Q. What is it like to teach in Reading?
Reading has a safe, small-town feel with welcoming neighborhoods where people know and care for each other.  The Town offers its residents many recreational and cultural opportunities, both within the community and as part of the greater Boston region. Reading is a stable and progressive community that thoughtfully plans for its future.  The community values and preserves its history and open spaces while actively supporting smart growth and a vibrant downtown.  Reading has a strong sense of community and a long tradition of civic engagement and volunteerism. Reading is known as a great place to live – just ask anyone who lives here!

Q. What kind of support do you offer new teachers?
We offer a comprehensive induction and mentoring program, including a week-long induction program in the summer.  We assign each new professional staff member a year-long mentor.  We offer numerous professional development opportunities at no cost, including our “Reading Institute,” which offers courses that are eligible for graduate credit.

Q. What general attributes does Reading seek in new teachers?
Our District values intelligent, creative, and hardworking individuals who are passionate about teaching, have a genuine desire to be involved in our school community, and are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion principles.

Q. How does Reading demonstrate that it is committed to teacher diversity?
Reading Public Schools is committed to increasing diversity through partnerships with School Reform Initiatives and METCO. The District is conducting an equity audit and offering professional development opportunities in the areas of equity and cultural competency. The District’s 2020-2023 Improvement Plan prioritizes recruitment and retention of staff of color.

Q. Any tips for teachers who are interested in applying to Reading?
Please visit the Employment Opportunities link on our District’s Human Resources webpage found here:

Q. Is Reading accessible by public transportation or commuter rail?
An MBTA Commuter Rail station (Haverhill Line) is located at 35 Lincoln Street, Reading, MA and is approximately 1.2 miles from Reading Memorial High School.