The Lower School (PK3 through Grade 5) seeks a dynamic, experienced lead teacher for our second grade class. Our Lower School program embraces child-centered, experiential learning. The successful candidate will be flexible, organized, creative, and collaborative with a sound understanding of and ability to demonstrate positive, caring, supportive relationships and interactions with young children and families. Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice, including multi-sensory, experiential learning, a robust understanding of foundational academic skills and differentiation, and classroom management is required. Sandy Spring Friends School seeks to nurture the whole child; a successful candidate should have a strong affection for, and the ability to work with, elementary-age children, understanding that each child brings individual experiences and approaches to learning. SSFS seeks candidates who value the importance of diversity and can both share and teach differing points of view.
Qualifications include a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and one year teaching experience in elementary education. A Master’s degree and/or three years or more teaching experience in an elementary setting is preferred. The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, effective oral and written communication skills, solid technological skills, and experience working with cooperative and differentiated instruction. Familiarity with Quaker education is helpful, 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 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 16 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative 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.