Friends School is a Quaker, co-educational, college preparatory school, Pre-K through Grade 12, in Baltimore City. We are guided by the Quaker ideals of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. We strive for our community to reflect the racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious diversity of our city.
Friends School faculty teach by example, blending intellectual exploration, enthusiasm, and joy. Every day in their classrooms, they challenge and encourage students to think deeply, to question, and to seek truth, while instilling in each of them a strong sense of social responsibility, a willingness to embrace challenges, and an awareness of their potential as individuals.
Friends School teachers are expected to model and foster the habits of mind we believe are essential to an outstanding education: creativity, curiosity, empathy, reflection, and resilience. We seek faculty members whose teaching styles and experiences demonstrate:
A record of successful collaboration with colleagues
A commitment to lifelong learning, and ongoing professional development
The infusion of technology to enhance student learning
The teaching of research and information literacy skills
The use of a diversity of assessment techniques that provoke students' critical thinking
Teaching and learning experiences that enhance students' communication skills
Experience with and openness to interdisciplinary teaching
A desire to understand diverse attitudes, beliefs, behaviors
Context and Philosophy: Friends School of Baltimore has an opening for an 5th Grade Homeroom Teacher (interim). Lower School Homeroom Teachers teach mathematics, social studies, reading, writing, and the other established grade-level curriculum. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience using technology in their teaching, collaborating with colleagues, and who will incorporate multi-sensory teaching techniques and has an understanding of the developmental needs of our students. We seek candidates who bring innovation to the classroom, can engage students through varied teaching methodologies, and have regular and effective communication with parents. Candidates may be asked to share materials that demonstrate these qualities during the interview. Homeroom Teachers work at least 40 hours per week and are eligible for a comprehensive benefit package. All full-time Lower School teachers participate in the full program of an independent school in addition to their classroom responsibilities. This teaching position will begin in January 2019.
Teach the core subject area(s) in a creative manner that honors the Quaker values and the Teaching and Learning Paradigm of Friends School
Attend All-School Professional Days, team/department meetings, and Lower School faculty meetings
Help move the initiatives of the School forward by serving on committees and lending their expertise and voice
Write lesson plans in advance of absence
Collaborate with teachers in their team/department, within the division, and cross-divisionally
Ensuring the safety of their students at all times while in teacher’s care
Maintain a visually-attractive classroom and learning environment for the students, including maintaining bulletin boards in the classroom and hallways
Support in the development of students’ social skills
Provide parents and administrators with timely, written and oral reports that explain in detail how a child is progressing in the various areas of their educational experience
Student supervisory duties such as Lunch, Recess, Early Arrival and Dismissal – on a rotating basis
To maintain a current understanding of best practices in the subject areas taught and have an understanding of the developmental needs of the age group of students in their care
Bachelor's degree required; experience preferred
Candidates with experience in independent, public, charter, or parochial schools and from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.