Westtown School is searching for a full-time lead Lower School Teacher to begin in late August, 2023. Our Lower School serves students in Pre-K through 5th grade. Applications are invited from candidates with expertise and interest in teaching grades 1st to 5th.
As Westtown strives to fulfill our commitment to becoming an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) school, we are seeking culturally competent educators with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion who are eager to engage in ongoing professional development in these areas. This will be evidenced in their approach to curriculum and pedagogy, their ability to foster and develop inclusive communities, and through their personal and professional interactions with diverse groups of students, families, faculty, and staff.
Teaches core academic subjects in the areas of literacy, math, and thematic studies with a culturally responsive and inclusive lens;
Ignites a love of learning through the development and implementation of engaging, inquiry-based curriculum, in partnership with a fellow grade level homeroom teacher;
Helps students develop the essential human skills of critical thinking, communication, and empathy;
Supports students’ social-emotional and identity development;
Contributes to building and sustaining an inclusive community and a program that reflects diverse cultures and perspectives;
Communicates effectively with all constituents – students, colleagues, administrators, and parents;
Contributes to students’ development of Quaker values;
Engages in decision-making aligned with Quaker process in service to the school community;
Collaborates with special area teachers and student support team;
Writes narrative reports, leads parent/teacher conferences, and maintains home-school connections;
Integrates technology seamlessly into teaching strategies and practices;
Engages in divisional community responsibilities as assigned (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, weekly faculty meetings);
Plans and chaperones field trips;
Serves on faculty and staff committees;
Enthusiastically seeks out and participates in both school-sponsored and self-selected professional development opportunities to grow as an instructional leader and community member.
Westtown is eager to support employees in their personal and professional growth and development. All faculty and staff are encouraged to discuss their developmental needs with their supervisors and the Dean of Faculty and Innovation as they think about their long term growth in the life of the school. The school seeks to help employees stay current in their fields and advance in terms of their professional development through opportunities such as:
Affinity groups for faculty and staff that speak to the diversity of identities and experiences
Participation in a robust professional development program featuring internal and external facilitators and experts
Sponsorship to attend the NAIS People of Color Conference
Partnership in a new faculty orientation and mentorship program
Funding for professional organization memberships
Sponsorship to attend and present at professional conferences, panels, and forums
Financial assistance for employees seeking advanced degrees and coursework to support their professional growth
Sabbatical leave program to support the professional growth and personal renewal of teachers, after completing qualifying years of service
Tuition remission of 80% for two dependent children, upon enrollment
2+ years of relevant classroom teaching experience required;
BA or BS degree in Education; advanced degree preferred;
Demonstrated passion and joy for working with Lower School students;
Knowledge of child development and a commitment to social-emotional learning, differentiated instruction, and inquiry- and project-based teaching;
Strong speaking, writing, and listening skills;
A demonstrated commitment to inclusive Quaker pedagogy based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices;
Familiarity with Google products and ability to integrate technology into best teaching practices;
A strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an appreciation for Quaker values and how these inform community processes (meeting structures, decision making, student discipline, etc.) and interactions.
Westtown School is an independent, Quaker co-educational, pre-K to 12, college preparatory day and boarding school located in suburban West Chester, PA, approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia. Situated on a beautiful 600-acre campus, Westtown offers a program where our committed faculty and staff inspire and prepare our students to be stewards and leaders of a better world.
Guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons, Westtown School is a community of learners who value, and are themselves strengthened by, the rich diversity of its members. As a school, we seek to prepare students for living and leading in a diverse and complex world. As a community, we aspire to inclusivity and respect for all. To these ends, we welcome qualified students, faculty, staff, and trustees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, family structure including marital or parental status, and socioeconomic status. Westtown School does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of these characteristics in any of its policies, procedures, or practices relating to admission, access to activities or programs, hiring, or other employment-related decisions.
We strive towards every student, faculty, and staff member feeling a sense of belonging at Westtown and strongly encourage applications from educators of color, LGBTQ+ educators, and educators from communities that are historically underrepresented in independent schools.
Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and educational philosophy, including an outline of your professional development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter.