Athens Academy is a co-educational, non-sectarian, independent college preparatory day school of approximately 950 students in grades K3-12 that offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The school’s mission is to seek “excellence with honor in the educational and personal experience of each student.” Situated on a picturesque campus of 152 acres, Athens Academy admits students from diverse social, economic, religious, and racial backgrounds--all of whom benefit from a challenging academic program, a vibrant arts program, competitive athletics, and a variety of service opportunities. Athens Academy faculty and staff members are dedicated professionals who are not only experts in their respective fields of study, but are also sensitive to the gifts and challenges of individual students.
Athens Academy’s goal of nurturing secure, successful, well-adjusted, and happy students while challenging them to grow academically begins in the Preschool (half-day program in grades K3, K4, and Pre-first). The Preschool curriculum blends skill building, motor development, and creative activities, as well as free play. Benefiting from activities-based learning, children learn the foundations of reading, writing, and mathematics. Activities are carefully tailored to individual interests, abilities, and development. Preschool students at Athens Academy also benefit from hands-on activities in discovery centers, outdoor gardens, art rooms, music rooms, a dedicated media center, and a spacious playground, all in a state-of-the-art facility which opened in 2011. The Preschool is composed of approximately 120 students and 22 teachers, assistant teachers, and instructional support staff.
The position of Preschool Director, beginning in the summer of 2019, will require an experienced educator who demonstrates a high degree of integrity, compassion, flexibility, patience, collaboration, and professionalism. A strong background in early childhood education—including but not limited to curriculum development, faculty evaluation and development, technology integration, and learning differences—will be essential. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess superior communication skills, the ability to build consensus among students, teachers, and parents; and a willingness to be a participant in the larger Athens Academy community. Candidates with administrative experience in independent education are strongly encouraged to consider this opportunity.
The Application Process:
A search committee has been appointed by the Head of School to assist in this nationwide search. The committee will seek candidates with demonstrated success who inspire the children and adults with whom they interact to seek excellence in all that they do.
The committee will accept materials from interested candidates until January 16, 2019. A completed packet will include the following components:
Cover letter expressing interest in Athens Academy and this leadership position
Statement of educational and/or leadership philosophy, including thoughts on opportunities and challenges for teaching and learning in today’s educational environment
Resume or curriculum vitae
Names of three references and contact information
The school will hold all applicants’ names in strict confidence until visits to the campus take place. Accordingly, the school will communicate with selected finalists when these visits will occur. At that time, the school cannot guarantee the confidentiality of the finalists. This is an important position in Athens Academy’s community, and to ensure a quality visit for the candidates, many stakeholders will be involved in the process.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send their materials to:
Kristina Ware, Assistant to the Head of School
1281 Spartan Lane
Athens, GA 30606
The search committee is interested in seeing a wide range of applicants, yet will give special consideration to candidates with a graduate degree, and candidates with multiple successful school experiences, both teaching and administrative, in their professional career. The school looks forward to hearing from qualified candidates prior to the deadline.
Additional Information: Several years ago, the faculty created the following list to describe the desired traits of Athens Academy faculty and administrators. It is included in the spirit of providing some additional insight into what we value as a community of learners.
Commitment to the school’s mission
Passion and ability to meet the instructional and emotional needs of each student; they are our highest priority and every decision we make is with their well-being in mind
Knowledge of subject matter taught
Knowledge of instructional methods being used and potential for introducing/supporting new instructional methods, including incorporating technological advances
Professionalism in interactions with parents, students, colleagues, and the community
Ability to lead and ability to work in a team
Commitment to continuous professional improvement
Positivity and effectiveness as a communicator
Passion for subject matter taught
Focus on family and community
Participation in the life of the school beyond the classroom
Advocacy for individual students
Thank you for your interest in Athens Academy.
Athens Academy is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution. In hiring, the school will select the best-qualified applicant without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
About Athens Academy
Athens Academy is a coeducational, independent, college preparatory day school that offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The school serves approximately 950 students (3-year olds through 12th grade) and seeks students from diverse social, economic, religious, and racial backgrounds who can benefit from a challenging academic program. Guided by the school’s mission of seeking excellence with honor in the educational and personal experience of each student, Athens Academy faculty and staff members are dedicated, highly-qualified professionals who are sensitive to the needs of individual students. The school is located on a 152-acre campus, which provides ample opportunities for students and their teachers to explore and learn about their natural surroundings.