The Upper School (grades 9-12) seeks candidates for multiple full-time English teacher positions. Ideal candidates will be dynamic, multifaceted professionals who are well versed in best practices for progressive and mind brain education.
SSFS is committed to teaching a population of widely diverse learners. Therefore, ideal candidates will have experience and education in:
Teaching literature and writing from a diverse canon of both Western and non-Western from introductory to advanced level, developing existing courses and designing electives
Working with or reaching English Language Learners in ESOL classes as well as blended/team taught classes
Differentiating for students with learning challenges and for students with diagnosed disabilities that impact learning
Preference will be given to those with experience in as many areas as possible as the school further develops a collaborative team of versatile teachers. In addition to teaching responsibilities, these positions include advising and responsibility for one extra-curricular activity depending on candidates’ interests and the needs of the School; experience in outdoor education, coaching, and/or journalism and publishing are a plus.
SSFS is eager to consider candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in English, ESOL or closely related field required; Master’s degree preferred. Three or more years of full-time high school teaching experience and understanding of and experience with a variety of teaching methods preferred. SSFS seeks teachers who value the importance of issues of diversity and can both share and teach differing points of view. Applicants should embrace ongoing professional development and have a desire to work with students making the transition from adolescence to adulthood in a supportive, challenging, college-preparatory environment. Candidates should possess strong interpersonal and written communications skills, and basic computer literacy for both administrative and instructional purposes. Knowledge of Quaker beliefs and practices is helpful, but not required.
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.
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About Sandy Spring Friends School
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 Independent 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 p...eaceful 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.