Virginia Beach Friends School (VBFS) in Virginia Beach, VA seeks an experienced elementary teacher for the 2019-20 academic year to teach a combined first and second-grade classroom. We are a small school that provides an experiential and joyous education that is supportive and nurturing for each of our students. This person must have a love for the younger elementary age child and a desire to utilize the Quaker pedagogy guided by the Quaker values, S.P.I.C.E.S (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Stewardship). This teacher’s academic responsibilities will include continued implementation of the Superkids reading program and a section of Singapore math, parts of the social studies curriculum, and continuous professional development.
A minimum of a BA in Elementary Education. A master’s degree is preferred.
A minimum of 3 years of lead teaching experience in the younger elementary grades.
Experience with whole-child, experiential education is essential to creating a vibrant classroom that is hands-on and engaging, fostering a lifelong love of learning.
Knowledge of child development and elementary education; a commitment to delivering differentiated instruction; and the ability to appropriately and productively provide classroom management.
Instructional techniques that integrate reading, writing, math, and technology throughout the content areas. A desire to collaborate with colleagues in the areas of science, music, art, and PE to build interdisciplinary units and projects.
The ability to self-reflect upon personal interactions and instructional practices to continuously improve experiential techniques; to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, students, parents, and the VBFS community.
Demonstrated organizational agility and excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
A commitment to diversity and to the VBFS Quaker mission.
A firm commitment to serving as an advocate, a role model, and a supporter of students and the School community.
Preference will be given to candidates having:
Experience with multi-grade, multi-age classrooms.
Experience with Quakerism or Friends Education.
To apply: please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to Galen Hamann, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Virginia Beach Friends School
Virginia Beach Friends School (VBFS) is a Quaker co-educational independent school serving students ranging from Pre-K through Grade 12. Located just miles from the Chesapeake Bay yet situated in the heart of the bustling Hampton Roads metropolitan area, our school's unique location allows students to learn by doing. Whether harvesting oysters in local riverbeds for environmental science or creating a curated art show as a Senior Project - VBFS students see their learning come to life. Plus, our balanced student to teacher ratio allows instructors to deliver an unprecedented level of attention to each individual learner, ensuring student success no matter the age or academic level.
Founded in 1955, Friends continues a 350-year tradition of Quaker educational principles committed to an inquiry-based curriculum and experimental learning. VBFS is as much of an idea as it is a location. We have progressed from a simple gathering of children to the thriving community that it is today. We not only serve students from the greater Virginia Beach area, but students from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, and even exchange students from Europe to Asia and even South America.
But above all e...lse, VBFS is a community that values diversity and inclusivity, as our student body represents a wide variety of religious faiths, backgrounds and cultures. In keeping with the Quaker philosophy of honoring each individual, students representing different ethnic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds are challenged daily to respect and learn from one another.
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