The San Francisco Friends School is a Quaker school located in the refurbished Levi Strauss building in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco. SFFS opened its doors in the fall of 2002; currently at full enrollment, the school includes about 430 children in grades K–8. We are looking for an elementary school teacher who resonates with the Friends School mission, which provides an exemplary education in a community dedicated to peaceful problem-solving, service to others, simplicity, respect for the individual, and quiet reflection. Our Quaker ideals compel us to create a diverse and inclusive community; we seek a person who will thrive and contribute to such a community, both within and beyond the walls of the school.
We have two sections of each grade in the lower school, K-4. In third and fourth grades, both lead teachers in each section share one full time assistant teacher, and work in close collaboration with the grade level teams. Lower school students have specialists classes in Music, Art, Drama, Dance, PE, Spanish, and Library, and a schedule that allows for robust interdisciplinary work. Fourth graders study California History, and several field and outdoor educational trips support our program goals. We welcome teachers who are eager to collaborate with one another on projects, and weave the disciplines together when most effective.
Responsibilities include close teamwork for curriculum development, committee involvement, attendance at special events and field trips, student portfolios, assessments and reporting, and clear parent communications. The school has vibrant and creative programs in the arts, service learning, technology, social justice, and social emotional learning, as well as the core academic subjects, mindfully choosing projects that meet our goals for student learning. We value collaboration, reflection and feedback, and a growth mindset among our students, and as well, practice it in our adult collegial work. We have a generous professional development program that aims to support teachers of all ages and stages in their careers. We encourage teachers to attend workshops and seminars, visit schools, and engage with contemporary research relevant to our Quaker pedagogy, learning and the classroom, and our overall school and program.
Interested candidates should email or mail a cover letter, resume, a list of references to: Jennifer Arnest, Lower School Head San Francisco Friends School 250 Valencia Street San Francisco, California 9410 firstname.lastname@example.org
*In lieu of an onsite sample lesson, candidates will be invited to share a VIDEO sample teaching lesson from your current classroom.
The San Francisco Friends School welcomes all students and staff and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability in administration of its educational policies, enrollment or hiring policies, and other school-administered programs.