The Lower School (grades PK3-5) seeks a dynamic, experienced Fifth Grade teacher. Our program stresses child-centered, inquiry-based, experiential learning. The successful candidate will be flexible, organized, creative and collaborative with a sound understanding of multi-sensory teaching, conflict resolution, classroom management, and the integration of iPad technology across the curriculum. SSFS seeks to nurture the whole child and a successful candidate should have a desire and ability to work with elementary age children who represent a broad range of abilities and learning styles. SSFS seeks candidates who value the importance of diversity and can share, teach, and appreciate differing points of view.
Qualifications include: a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education or closely related field; a master’s degree is desirable. Three years or more teaching experience in an upper elementary classroom in an independent school is preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience working with cooperative and differentiated instruction, strong interpersonal skills, effective oral and written communication skills, and solid technology skills. Familiarity with Quaker education and the Responsive Classroom approach would be advantageous.
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Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independe...nt Maryland Schools.
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 Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.