Virginia Beach Friends School (VBFS) in Virginia Beach, VA seeks experienced full-time early childhood educators for both Lead Teacher and Assistant roles for ages 2.5 through 6 for hire starting July of 2019. These people must have a love for the early-childhood age child and a desire to teach under the Quaker pedagogy guided by the Quaker testimonies, S.P.I.C.E.S (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality. Stewardship). The preschool program is largely emergent, responding to the needs and interests of the children in the classroom and grounded in progressive Quaker pedagogy. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with other early-childhood teachers, the learning resource teacher, and with specialists to engage and meet the needs of our youngest VBFS students. We seek experienced educators willing to collaborate, who are flexible in their approach and wanting to partner with colleagues to create a dynamic early childhood program. Excellent communication skills and a desire to build strong parent/school partnerships and lasting student relationships are essential. VBFS is looking for educators who are comfortable teaching in a mixed-age classroom that foster independence allowing each child to excel at their own pace.
Interested candidates should have at a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related educational field (Montessori background is a plus) and a minimum of 2 to 5 years experience.
About Virginia Beach Friends School
Virginia Beach Friends School (VBFS) is a Quaker co-educational independent school serving students ranging from Pre-K through Grade 12. Located just miles from the Chesapeake Bay yet situated in the heart of the bustling Hampton Roads metropolitan area, our school's unique location allows students to learn by doing. Whether harvesting oysters in local riverbeds for environmental science or creating a curated art show as a Senior Project - VBFS students see their learning come to life. Plus, our balanced student to teacher ratio allows instructors to deliver an unprecedented level of attention to each individual learner, ensuring student success no matter the age or academic level.
Founded in 1955, Friends continues a 350-year tradition of Quaker educational principles committed to an inquiry-based curriculum and experimental learning. VBFS is as much of an idea as it is a location. We have progressed from a simple gathering of children to the thriving community that it is today. We not only serve students from the greater Virginia Beach area, but students from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, and even exchange students from Europe to Asia and even South America.
But above all e...lse, VBFS is a community that values diversity and inclusivity, as our student body represents a wide variety of religious faiths, backgrounds and cultures. In keeping with the Quaker philosophy of honoring each individual, students representing different ethnic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds are challenged daily to respect and learn from one another.