Sandy Spring Friends School seeks a dynamic, organized, and impassioned teacher of the French language for students in grades 6 through 12. This full-time, permanent French teaching position is a joint Middle School and Upper School position. It is likely to include multiple sections of foundational French at the Middle School level (Grades 6-8) and multiple sections of Upper School French (Grades 9-12). Depending on the candidate’s interests and the needs of the School, the position may include additional opportunities such as coaching, advising, leading experiential learning trips for students, and/or other co-curricular activities.
We seek a professional that comfortably implements student-centered, inquiry-based learning strategies in the classroom to help develop cross-culturally competent and empathetic global citizens, empowered to communicate interpretively, interpersonally, and presentationally. Ideal candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in French or a closely related field, 2 years of teaching experience, familiarity with ACTFL’s World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, a desire to work with students in a supportive, college-preparatory environment, basic computer literacy for both administrative and instructional purposes, strong interpersonal and classroom management skills, effective oral and written communication skills, and a passion for Francophone cultures. A master’s degree is desirable. Experience living and working abroad, and/or native speaker preferred, as is the ability to teach multiple levels of French. SSFS seeks candidates who value the importance of diversity and can both share and teach differing points of view. Knowledge of Quaker history and education is desirable, but not required.
Physical Requirements: The ability to navigate stairs as part of daily routines; mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement; bending and squatting as required to participate in activities; lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds; and the ability to maneuver as necessary within a regular classroom and office setting.
Commitment to Diversity: Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representatives of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring, and other school-administered programs.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Frie...nds School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.