Friends School is a Quaker, co-educational, college preparatory school, Pre-K through Grade 12, in Baltimore City, enrolling 835 students, 41% of whom identify as children of color. We are guided by the Quaker ideals of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. We strive to be a purposefully inclusive community that reflects the racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious diversity of our city and our region.
Educators at Friends are expected to model and foster the habits of mind we believe are essential to an outstanding education: creativity, curiosity, empathy, reflection, and resilience. We seek educators whose teaching styles and experiences demonstrate:
- A desire to understand diverse attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and practices and to incorporate a culturally responsive lens into teaching and learning.
- A record of successful collaboration with colleagues, families, and students.
- A commitment to lifelong learning, and ongoing professional development.
- An ability to infuse technology to enhance student learning.
- An openness to interdisciplinary teaching.
- An appreciation for and understanding of the social and emotional development of students.
- Flexibility, optimism, and a sense of humor.
Context and Philosophy:
Friends School of Baltimore has an opening for a Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher beginning in August 2023. This teacher will teach reading, writing, math, social studies, community-building skills and the other established kindergarten curriculum. Pre-Primary Head Teachers will work with an Associate Teacher, who also teaches daily in their shared classroom. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience utilizing Google Suite and teaching reading and math.
- Teaching kindergarten students that include and honor the Quaker values and the Teaching and Learning Paradigm of Friends School.
- Collaborating with teachers in their department, within the division, and cross-divisionally.
- Providing parents and administrators with written and oral reports that explain in detail how a child is progressing in the various areas of his/her educational kindergarten experience.
- Completing timely, detailed, and prescriptive progress reports, grades, and comments at regular intervals during the year for each student they teach.
- Utilizing an assets-based approach in communicating and developing relationships with students.
- Committing to professional learning on culturally responsive teaching, mind/brain/education pedagogies, restorative practices, and racial justice training.
- Committing to learning and utilizing our school's online gradebook and learning management system so that the Spanish class Topics pages are regularly updated and current for students.
- Attending team meetings, faculty meetings and other duties as assigned.
- Fully participating in the life of the school.
- Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree and early childhood school experience preferred.
- Candidates should demonstrate a willingness to understand and incorporate Quaker Principles and Quaker education into their work.