At Virginia Beach Friends School (VBFS) we believe in knowledge, character, and community. These touchstones guide students through their VBFS education grounded by the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship (the S.P.I.C.E.S). It is the goal of a VBFS education that all students strive to become life-long learners who understand their place in a global community and want to make the world a better place.
Virginia Beach Friends School in Virginia Beach, VA seeks an experienced full-time Kindergarten Lead Teacher (ages 5-6) for hire starting August 13, 2021. The Kindergarten program is largely emergent, responding to the needs and interests of the children in the classroom, grounded in progressive Quaker pedagogy and inspired by Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches, teaching independence and practical life skills as well as exploring the world through experiential and project-based learning.
The successful candidate will possess experience in elementary education, reading/grammar/math instruction, curriculum design, differentiated instruction, and the use of technology to enhance the overall classroom experience. A love for the kindergarten age child is essential! Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are a must along with a sense of humor, enthusiasm, and desire to work with the overall VBFS team.
A bachelor’s degree (with a master’s degree and Early Childhood Teacher Certification preferred) and at least three to five years of experience is required for this position.
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.