Hours: General hours for this position will coincide with the department placement and additional hours that may be required of this position. The fellowship may run for either one or two academic years (2020-2021 and 2021-2022).
Reports to: Head of the Upper School, Upper School Dean of Faculty and Paired Mentor Teacher(s)
Position Summary: This position is designed to provide aspiring teachers with valuable teaching experience under the guidance and tutelage of a seasoned St. Christopher’s mentor teacher. The teaching fellow will be paired with one or more experienced teachers during the fellowship year(s) and will spend the school day learning from experienced teachers through a variety of observations, practical experiences and team-teaching opportunities.
Once the teaching fellow shows sufficient readiness to the mentor teacher(s) and to the Upper School administration, he or she will have the opportunity to teach lessons in a specific class. The mentor teacher will assist with lesson planning and will observe and provide evaluation and feedback. Over time, the teaching fellow’s responsibilities and autonomy will grow, consistent with the fellow’s growth and development as a teacher.
Candidates will be considered for every academic department, based on the needs of the School and the strengths of the teaching fellow. The teaching fellow will also be asked to complete other duties expected of full-time faculty members at St. Christopher’s. These duties may include advising, coaching, study hall proctoring, and leading other co-curricular activities as needed throughout the School.
The desired term for the fellowship period is two school years (2020-2021 and 2021-2022) but will begin with a single-year employment contract, consistent with all school contracts. The teaching fellowship will be continued for a second school year (2020-2021), provided that there is mutual interest in doing so from both the School and the teaching fellow. A two-year teaching term allows for adequate growth, development, and acclimation for the teaching fellow into the St. Christopher’s community.
Should St. Christopher’s have a vacancy for a regular teaching position in the school year following the designated fellowship period, the teaching fellow may become a candidate for such a position, but no guarantee of employment beyond the two-year fellowship period is implied.
Compensation for the fellowship includes salary, benefits, meals on campus during regular designated hours, and on-campus housing.
Qualifications & Key Skills: Bachelor’s degree with strong academic record, as well as participation and leadership in extracurricular activities.
Additional Information: Candidates interested in pursuing this position should send a cover letter, resume, and reference contact information to: email@example.com. Please include “Childrey Teaching Fellowship” in the subject line.
St. Christopher’s School, founded in 1911, is a college preparatory school for boys (junior kindergarten through 12th grade) located in Richmond, Virginia. The School’s mission is to prepare a talented and diverse group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world.
St. Christopher’s currently enrolls 1001 boys in JK-12 from 57 zip codes in the Richmond metropolitan region. Lower School (JK-5) has 423 boys, Middle School (6-8) has 242 and Upper School (9-12) enrolls 336. The 162 full- and part-time members of the faculty have an average tenure of 12.7 years and 61 percent have advanced degrees, including 6 with doctorates. The average class size is 16.
Coordination with St. Catherine’s School for girls offers many opportunities for interaction at all levels including coed classes in the upper school. Virtually 100 percent of St. Christopher’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, often at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Honor, service, and community are hallmarks of the St. Christopher's experience.