Friends School of Minnesota (FSMN) is an independent, K-8, progressive Quaker school in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with 150 students. Our mission is to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.
FSMN welcomes applications from all interested applicants who share our core values, including the Equity and Inclusion vision of our Strategic Plan: “We envision a school community that embodies strength in diversity through the sharing of rich cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and experiences, and the celebration of varied personal expressions and identities, while recognizing the challenges posed by societal structures of oppression. We envision a student body that is able to work towards and is committed to social justice and equitable change making in the world. We commit to the long-term, collective work of examining school culture, practices, and policies, changing conditions to promote equity, defining diversity and inclusion needs within our school community, and approaching this work with humility and urgency.”
Teachers are expected to be committed to the Quaker and progressive education values that are at the heart of FSMN. Grounded in the pedagogy of educational theorist, John Dewey, our approach to education translates into an experience and inquiry based curriculum that responds to the needs of the whole child. Teachers assist in creating a learning environment that embody social justice and ideals of a democratic community, and bringing the FSMN mission to life in the day-to-day instructional interactions with students.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Design and implement an age-appropriate lessons in the humanities curriculum.
Organize students for effective instruction.
Evaluate and grade students.
Maintain appropriate communication with parents.
Provide one-on-one or small group instructional support.
Maintain academic records and prepare instructional materials.
Maintain class culture of respect and cooperation.
Maintain adequate classroom behavior.
Support all students regardless of skill level.
Model communication and social skills embedded in FSMN’s conflict resolution process.
Manage and organize field trips (some which are overnight).
Perform a variety of non-instructional duties, including curriculum and instructional development activities, student supervision, consultation activities
Attend FSMN special events as required.
Comply with and support school regulations and policies.
Select and requisition appropriate educational supplies, materials, books, equipment, and learning aids.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School or Assistant Head of School.
Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate work in subject matter and/or counseling.
Excellent verbal and written cross-cultural communication skills.
Demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills.
Deep understanding of and commitment to progressive education and Quaker values.
Understanding and appreciation of the cognitive, social and emotional developmental stages and needs of K-8 grade students.
Experience with and commitment to collaborating with colleagues.
Experience in ongoing assessment of student progress using a variety of different means.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.
Teaching experience at the middle school level and a love of working with this age group.
Advanced degree in education.
Experience teaching in mixed-age, mixed-ability, diverse classroom setting.
About Friends School of Minnesota
Friends School of Minnesota is a thriving, independent, K-8, Quaker, progressive school of 165 students in the heart of Saint Paul, Minnesota. In the tradition of more than 80 Friends Schools across the United States, FSM meets children’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness. Now in its 29th year, FSM is a healthy, vibrant, stable institution known for its rich commitment to progressive education, community, acclaimed conflict resolution program, and holistic, joyful approach to educating children.
FSM is dedicated to its mission to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity, and to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.