Friends School is a Quaker, co-educational, college preparatory school, Pre-K through Grade 12, in Baltimore City, enrolling 872 students, 35% of whom identify as children of color. We are guided by the Quaker ideals of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. We strive to be a purposefully inclusive community that reflects the racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious diversity of our city and our region.
Educators at Friends are expected to model and foster the habits of mind we believe are essential to an outstanding education: creativity, curiosity, empathy, reflection, and resilience. We seek educators whose teaching styles and experiences demonstrate:
A desire to understand diverse attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and practices and to incorporate a culturally responsive lens into teaching and learning.
A record of successful collaboration with colleagues, families, and students.
A commitment to lifelong learning, and ongoing professional development.
An ability to infuse technology to enhance student learning.
An openness to interdisciplinary teaching.
An appreciation for and understanding of the social and emotional development of students.
Flexibility, optimism, and a sense of humor.
Context and Philosophy
Friends School of Baltimore has an opening for a 1st Grade Homeroom Teacher to begin in August 2020. Lower School Homeroom Teachers teach mathematics (Singapore), social studies, reading, writing, and the other established grade-level curriculum. Of particular interest are candidates with experience or background in: (1) differentiating instruction to meet the needs of a variety of learners, (2) strong classroom management skills (with a sense of “where” the children are, developmentally), (3) direct teaching of reading skills, preferably with a reading background with a specific skill set (i.e. Wilson, Orton-Gillingham, Phonographics) to meet needs of children on varying reading levels, and (4) teaching of math using multi-sensory approaches, developmentally appropriate strategies and activities. We seek candidates who bring innovation to the classroom, can engage students through varied teaching methodologies, and have regular and effective communication with parents. Homeroom Teachers work at least 40 hours per week and have benefits. All full-time Lower School teachers participate in the full program of an independent school in addition to their classroom responsibilities. This position is for the 2020-21 school year.
Attend All-School Professional Days, team/department meetings, and Lower School faculty meetings
Help move the initiatives of the School forward by serving on committees and lending his/her expertise and voice
Collaborate with teachers in his/her/their Grade-team, within the division, and cross-divisionally.
Provide parents and administrators with written and oral reports that explain in detail how a child is progressing in the various areas of his/her/their educational experience.
Maintain a visually-attractive learning environment for the students, including maintaining bulletin boards in the classroom and hallways; and prepare substitute plans, in his/her absence
Commit to professional learning on culturally responsive teaching, mind/brain/education pedagogies, restorative practices, and racial justice training.
Student supervisory duties such as Lunch, Recess, Early Arrival and Dismissal – on a rotating basis
To maintain a current understanding of best practices in the subject areas he/she/they teaches and have an understanding of the developmental needs of the age group of students in his/her/their care
Bachelor's degree required; experience preferred
Friends School of Baltimore actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, and hiring. To form a community which strives to reflect the world's diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, age, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends School of Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups who might enrich and diversify the school community are strongly encouraged to apply.