About Germantown Friends School
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school serving 900 students in grades K-12. Located in a historic neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia, the school takes its identity from a constellation of four distinct elements: a vibrant intellectual community, a historic urban setting, a diverse school community and a grounding in Quaker principles.
The GFS Preschool (three and four year olds) is seeking an experienced, energetic, creative, and motivated teacher for its Center City Campus. The teacher should have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team. In addition to providing a warm, dynamic learning environment for the children, responsibilities include planning the classroom curriculum, parent communication, both verbal and written, and participation in the larger program and school community.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
- Plans, prepares, and facilitates instructional activities especially those geared to engage the attention, curiosity, and creativity of children at a developmentally appropriate level.
- Plans units of study and specific lessons that address agreed-upon goals, competencies, and content themes in a logical and developmentally appropriate sequence, modifying as necessary to meet student needs throughout the year.
- Utilizes various curriculum resources to incorporate best practices, integrate across disciplines, and reflect the diverse educational, cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the students served.
- Closely observes and evaluates student progress and development through assessment, anecdotal records, and other methods as appropriate.
- Employs information gained through observation and assessment in order to differentiate instruction and share progress effectively through conferences and written narrative reports.
Interaction with Students
- Creates a classroom culture that values the individuality of each learner and the importance of community goals.
- Establishes positive classroom environment through enforcing consistent classroom routines, creating engaging lessons and projects, and maintaining high standards for student behavior.
- Demonstrates appreciation and respect for the capabilities of each student, while challenging each to his/her best effort.
- Engages students in ways that stretch thinking, encourage independence, and inspire intrinsic motivation and integrity, in alignment with Quaker culture.
- Encourages children to work collaboratively and respectfully with each other, in part by modeling collaboration and respect in their own work with both students and colleagues.
- Manages student-to-student conflict with clarity, patience and equanimity, taking responsibility for maintaining a physically and emotionally safe environment at all times.
Interaction with Colleagues and Parents
- Shares ideas and opinions respectfully and freely; listens to others’ perspectives and is willing to be influenced when appropriate.
- Collaborates with co-teacher regarding day-to-day and long-term plans for the classroom.
- Collaborates with Head of Early Childhood and Director of Curriculum and Instruction regarding on-going evolution of school programs and studies.
- Engages in regular dialogue with colleagues regarding programmatic choices and effective differentiation to meet both the needs of individual students, and the needs of the class as a whole.
- Initiates informed discussions with Head of Early Childhood and Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and faculty colleagues about strategies for improving programs and practice in positive ways.
- Communicates regularly and effectively with parents to discuss classroom practices, their child’s progress, needs, etc., and develops a partnership with them in order to support the on-going growth of their children.
- Maintains appropriate and professional boundaries with parents and colleagues regarding work with students and school business.
Professionalism and Community Involvement
- Attends to policies, procedures and responsibilities flexibly, anticipating needs of others and adapting when necessary and appropriate.
- Maintains excellent organization and is on time and well-prepared for work and meetings.
- Demonstrates a consistently professional, positive, and confident demeanor.
- Prepares and distributes progress reports and regular classroom communication, with attention to detail and clarity, in a timely fashion.
- Demonstrates self-awareness about areas for growth and solicits input to address these areas.
- Participates in on-going professional development work.
- Stays abreast of current topics in education.
- Participates as a seasoned teacher in new staff mentoring and orientation
- Participates in school-wide staff development and communication events and programs.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
- Strong understanding of early childhood development
- In-depth knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice
- Rich repertoire of teaching strategies to address a variety of learning styles and needs
- Proficiency in digital communication and ability to integrate technology effectively in the classroom
- Willingness to commit to supporting and advancing the Quaker philosophy and GFS’s mission
- Strong writing and communication skills
- Ability to meet varied demands with integrity, enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and a sense of humor
The successful candidate for this full-time co-teacher position will have a Bachelor’s degree and successful teaching experience. A Master’s degree is preferred. An understanding and appreciation of Quakerism and independent schools will be helpful.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please include “EC Teacher” in the subject line.