Friends Select is seeking a passionate, knowledgeable, and creative lower school science educator to inspire our young scientists and facilitate learning that will allow them to discover concepts, build content knowledge, and continue to foster their natural curiosity! A school located in the center of Philadelphia and surrounded by museums of science, teaching hospitals, and a rich urban habitat, Friends Select School seeks a teacher with a strong science background who has experience successfully teaching the life sciences, physical sciences, earth sciences, and STEM to elementary students and who will use the city to enhance learning.
This full-time position includes teaching science to PreK-4th grade students by implementing a science curriculum that is teacher-created, developmentally appropriate, hands-on, interactive, connected to the real world, interdisciplinary, and responsive to the strengths and interests of the students.
The ideal candidate has the following:
A constructivist approach to teaching
Formal training in science (B.A./B.S. minimum; M.A./M.S. preferred)
Knowledge of child development and experience teaching students from ages 4-10 years old.
Knowledge of science pedagogy and curriculum
Experience in curriculum development
Strong classroom management skills and an ability to differentiate instruction
Strong interpersonal skills needed to work collaboratively with other faculty and administrators
Flexibility, strong organization, and a sense of humor
The responsibilities of the lower school science teacher include
teaching pre-kindergarten through 4th-grade science classes
collaborating with lower school faculty to integrate science into their curriculum
collaborating with colleagues in the science department to continually refine our cross-departmental science program at FSS
communicating with parents including, but not limited to, progress reports and parent conferences
meeting after school as needed for faculty meetings, curriculum development, and committee work (approximately 2 times per week)
attending various school events
carrying out various duties such as supervising lunch, recess, and dismissal
We welcome candidates without previous experience in independent schools. Candidates who are from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.
Friends Select School is a 590-student, co-educational, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, college preparatory, independent school located in Center City Philadelphia. As a Quaker school committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, FSS actively seeks and warmly welcomes applicants from diverse and underrepresented populations. Friends Select School provides programs and services and equal opportunity in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, financial aid programs, employment and the selection of its governing board without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status.