Interim Lead Teacher– 5th/6th Grade (Immediate Opening)
Plymouth Meeting Friends School
Location: Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
Plymouth Meeting Friends School provides an education based on the Quaker belief that there is that of God in everyone. Through its nurturing environment, the school offers an intellectually challenging and creative academic program to a diverse student body. Supported by adults who model respect and understanding, students reach toward individual strengths as responsible members of a community of learners.
Long-term Substitute: Interim Lead Teacher– 5th/6th Grade (Immediate Opening)
Full Time, Salaried: The position includes five full days per week in the classroom, as well as recess duties, faculty meetings and additional time outside of this schedule for parent teacher conferences and school events. The position includes benefits.
Position Description: Plymouth Meeting Friends School seeks an experienced teacher to work in the capacity of Interim 5th/6th Grade Lead Teacher for the 2022-23 academic year. The “vertical” grouping of the oldest students at PMFS provides opportunities for growth through a rich academic and social emotional curriculum. A focus on building collaboration, cooperation and advocacy skills contributes to students’ academic and social success.
The Interim Lead Teacher works directly with students to deliver a highly interactive academic program. Responsibilities include planning and implementing an active, integrated curriculum, and collaborating with the 5th/6th Assistant Teacher and PMFS colleagues in a creative, dynamic, values-based learning community. The Interim 5th/6th Lead Teacher plans, supports and engages in the creation and delivery of instruction in the core academic curriculum: Mathematics, Social Studies, Geography, Language Arts (Listening and Speaking, Reading, Writing, Spelling & Grammar). PMFS 5th/6th graders hone their research and presentation skills through experiential and project-based learning.
The 5th/6th Grade students participate in The PMFS Mexican Exchange Program with the Williams School in Cuernavaca, Mexico. If the Exchange is reinstated in 2022-23, the Interim Lead Teacher would participate in that program, both at PMFS and in Cuernavaca, MX.
The successful candidate has experience with:
Establishing a positive classroom community and culture of belonging
Implementing strong classroom management skills
Utilizing collaborative and community-building approaches to learning
Supporting children in using tools for effective communication and conflict resolution.
Essential competencies include familiarity with current research, trends, and best practices in progressive education; experience with using workshop and inquiry approaches to learning; solid commitment to diversity, equity, justice and anti-racist education, and experience supporting diverse learning styles.
Qualifications: The successful candidate has a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and at least 3 years of classroom experience. Facility with usage and integration of technology are required. A strong alignment with Quaker Testimonies and progressive education—in philosophy and teaching practice-- is expected. PMFS actively seek candidates who reflect the rich diversity of our school community. Interested applicantsshould submit a letter of interest, resume, a statement of educational philosophy and three professional references with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org