The Lower School (grades PK3-5) seeks dynamic and experienced teachers for both our 4th and 5th grades. 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 the ideal candidate will have experience and embrace working with students 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 Responsive Classroom approach would be advantageous. Knowledge of Quaker history and education is desirable, but not required.
Physical Requirements: The ability to navigate stairs as part of daily routines; mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement; bending and squatting as required to participate in activities; lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds; and the ability to maneuver as necessary within a regular classroom setting.
Commitment to Diversity
Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School educates students for a global world and welcomes, without discrimination, faculty and staff representative of all backgrounds including race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability.
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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.