A strong Early Childhood Science/Outdoor Education Program lays the foundation for a student’s further pursuits in scientific realms by developing and cultivating the skills and habits of heart and mind necessary for students to find success in all areas of the curriculum. Those skills and habits include, but are not limited to, resilience, risk-taking, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, flexible thinking, creativity, and confidence. This work begins in the early childhood setting to capitalize on the natural sense of curiosity, wonder, and joy that young children bring to each new experience. The rich, student-centered, interdisciplinary experiences in science and the benefits of discovery and experience in nature begin in the earliest grades and continue throughout a student’s experience at St. Patrick’s.
A successful candidate for the position of Early Childhood Science Teacher/Outdoor Education Director will have at least an undergraduate degree in a relevant field (masters preferred); three to five years of teaching experience; a proficient knowledge of science instruction; a strong interest in the particular learning and social-emotional needs of early childhood- and elementary-age students; the ability to express ideas effectively both verbally and in writing; and a highly collaborative and collegial manner. S/he will also have successfully completed the required background check.
St. Patrick’s is an independent, coeducational, Episcopal parish day school located in the Palisades section of Northwest Washington, D.C., serving more than 500 students from three-year-old Nursery through Grade 8 on two campuses. For nearly 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.
There are three divisions at St. Patrick's, including the Nursery School (Nursery and PK), Lower School (Kindergarten to Grade 3), and Upper School (Grades 4 through 8). The main Whitehaven Campus is home to students in Nursery through Grade 6 and math and science classes for Grades 7 and 8. The MacArthur Campus, the traditional home to the Grades 7 and 8 program, is located about a half mile away. St. Patrick's also has a regulation athletic field and stadium complex located on the Foxhall Campus, a short distance from the Whitehaven Campus.