St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, located in the Palisades section of northwest Washington, D.C., is a parish day school enrolling approximately 480 students on two campuses. The program begins at the three-year-old Nursery level and continues through Grade 8. St. Patrick’s students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine independent schools upon graduation.
Three academic divisions comprise St. Patrick’s, currently the Nursery School (3’s, 4’s, and young 5’s), the Lower School (Kindergarten-Grade 3), and the Upper School (Grades 4-8), although an announced reconfiguration will revise the composition of the Lower School and Upper School. In the 2020-2021 school year, the Lower School will comprise Kindergarten to Grade 5, and the Upper School will become a Grades 6 to 8 Middle School. Students attend school on the Whitehaven Campus through Grade 5 and on the MacArthur Campus, about a half-mile away, for Grades 6 to 8. The current opening is for a Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher.
Homeroom Teachers teach language arts (reading and literature, writing, grammar, and vocabulary), social studies, and math to students in their homeroom classes, although the mathematics classes may be ability-grouped and therefore include students from other homerooms. Homeroom Teachers collaborate with Learning Specialists assigned to each grade level, who provide students with additional academic support as needed. Special-Subject Teachers in religion, science, art, music, Spanish, technology, and physical education also work with students during the week.
In March 2020, St. Patrick’s closed its campuses and deployed its Remote Learning Plan as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. As teachers’ experience with the virtual environment grew, and as we gained valuable feedback from a faculty survey and two parent surveys about the Remote Learning Plan, we have continued to refine the plan. An educational technology committee is currently examining further enhancements to the plan for implementation in the 2020-2021 school year, should that become necessary. All homeroom teachers will be expected to provide both synchronous and asynchronous instruction in a virtual setting in the event of an extended school closure for health reasons.
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
The Curriculum Guide for the 2019-2020 school year, which is available in full on the Day School website, describes the homeroom and special-subject classes that are part of each grade-level program.
Homeroom Teachers are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that is consistent with the Day School Mission Statement; builds on an ever-growing knowledge of how students learn best; and reflects students’ developmental abilities, needs, styles, and interests. The curriculum should be individualized as much as possible to develop and extend the unique strengths of each child while, at the same time, supporting that child’s needs. St. Patrick’s encourages creativity and innovation in curriculum and instruction and supports a teacher’s initiatives in broadening and expanding the existing areas of study or instructional methods at a grade level. Homeroom Teachers are encouraged and expected to stay abreast of current trends and research in education and to apply appropriate strategies and techniques to meet the diverse needs of their students. They should maintain plan books detailing learning objectives and daily activities and lessons, all of which focus on the overall goal of creating and fostering an organized, inviting, stimulating, challenging learning environment. The classroom environment should reflect an awareness and cultivation of multicultural materials, books, and displays that are integral to the curriculum. Additionally, teachers new to St. Patrick’s should become aware of ongoing initiatives such as project-based learning, educating for global awareness, differentiated instruction, rich use of literature across the grades, and the use of technology to enhance the curriculum.
Homeroom Teachers strive to create learning communities within their classrooms that acknowledge and respect students’ social and emotional interactions and growth. The Homeroom Teacher, who is most knowledgeable about each student, is the primary contact for each student in that homeroom class and acts as liaison among the Special-Subject Teachers, Learning Specialists, and parents. Homeroom Teachers are expected to be well informed about all of the students they teach; to read files and test reports; and to be proactive in working with parents to provide engagement, interventions, and/or accommodations that may be necessary to ensure a student’s success. When a student is experiencing difficulty—behavioral, social, or academic—the parents should be informed as soon as possible. Any recommendations for outside testing or tutoring should be made in conjunction with the Head of Lower School. Additionally, the School Counselor is available to suggest interventions, to attend parent conferences, and to work with families.
A successful candidate for the position of Grade 2Homeroom Teacher will have an undergraduate degree (masters preferred) in education or an appropriate content field; at least three to five years of successful teaching experience; an interest in and depth of knowledge about the development of elementary-age children; an understanding of reading and mathematical development and instruction; a strong interest in the particular academic and social-emotional needs of elementary-age students; the ability to express ideas effectively both verbally and in writing; and a highly collaborative and collegial manner. That candidate will also have successfully completed the required background check.
Candidates for the position of Grade 2Homeroom Teacher should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of names and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to Jenifer Congdon, Head of Lower School, at email@example.com.
About St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School is an independent, coeducational, parish day school located in the Palisades section of Northwest Washington, D.C., serving more than 480 students from three-year-old Nursery through Grade 8. For more than 60 years, St. Patrick's has been providing a vibrant, challenging coeducational school environment that balances tradition and innovation in an educational program that emphasizes the acquisition of essential skills, integration of disciplines, and active learning. It seeks to educate young people who will grow in intellectual and academic strength, personal integrity, openness to change, commitment to service, and confident and ethical involvement in the world. St. Patrick's students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine schools - including local independent day schools, boarding schools largely in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions and, less frequently, public schools - upon graduation.
Campuses include the Whitehaven Campus, home to Nursery through Grade 5, and the MacArthur Campus, home to Grades 6, 7, and 8. There are three divisions: Nursery School (Nursery and PK), Lower School (Kindergarten to Grade 3), and Upper School (Grades 4 through 8).