Why Teach in Salem?


Salem Public Schools (SPS) knows that there is no more important factor in a childís education than a great teacher. Here in Salem, great teachers are passionate about urban education, drive student achievement, reflect and respect the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of our students, and have a strong commitment to the Salem community. Salem Public Schools also seeks individuals who are able to serve all of our students, regardless of ability or language, have experience teaching in urban schools, are bilingual, and hold dual certifications. At a minimum, candidates must:

SPS has a number of High-Need Areas:

  • Elementary
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Middle School
  • Special Education (Moderate)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Spanish Language Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals


Salem is a small urban school district that offers opportunities to teach in dynamic, innovative, and progressive model schools. We offer:

  • A collaborative work environment
  • Pathways to teacher leadership
  • Tuition reimbursement to help you further your studies
  • Excellent benefits

For those new to teaching, Salem Public Schools is committed to your success as a teaching professional. Early stage teachers in Salem receive:

  • Instructional coaching to support you in your new role
  • Experienced mentoring
  • Specialized workshops for all first-year teachers


Apply early to be pre-screened for anticipated openings. To apply, go to TalentEd at: https://salem.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx

SPS will post specific job vacancies as soon as they are confirmed. Once specific positions are posted, interested applicants should forward all relevant application materials to apply for the specific vacancies for which they are qualified. For questions, please contact the Salem Public Schools Human Resources department at humancapital@salemk12.org or call 978-740-1115.


Salem Public Schools aspires to ensure that all students are prepared to achieve and inspired to learn. Our vision is that all students will be locally engaged, globally connected, and fully prepared to thrive in a diverse and changing world.

We serve over 4000 students who speak more than 34 different languages coming from 37 different countries. More than 50% of our students identify as Hispanic, Black, Asian, or Multi-Racial while just under 50% of our students identify as White. Over 60% of our students come from low-income households, 21% are students with disabilities, and 14% are English language learners.

Under the leadership of Superintendent Stephen Zrike, our district is vibrant, collaborative, and driven to succeed. For more information about our 5-Year Strategic Plan, click here.


Salem, Massachusetts is an historic seacoast community located 15 miles north of Boston with a culturally diverse population of 42,000. Salem is a growing, culturally diverse city with a rich literary, architectural, maritime, and immigrant history, including its role in the 17th~century Salem Witch Trials.~ In the 19th~century it was one of the most important seaports in the country. Today it is lively destination with numerous recreational and cultural attractions that draws people from around the world.

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