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Lower School Classroom Teacher

Lower School Classroom Teacher

The Opportunity:

Carolina Friends School (CFS) is excited to offer the opportunity for a full-time teacher of 8- to 10-year-olds to join our staff in August of 2024. The teacher will join a Lower School staff of skilled, dedicated teachers committed to the growth of the whole child and continually developing a student-centered, mission-driven curriculum. As a member of a classroom team of teachers, this teacher will be responsible for teaching both in small groups and with the whole class, planning a developmentally appropriate curriculum, maintaining close communication with parents/guardians, and writing in-depth narrative assessments of students. In addition, this teacher will serve on school-wide committees, participate in our new staff mentoring program, and participate in school-wide staff development. 

Teachers at CFS enjoy a school community committed to a pedagogy rooted in Quaker thought and practice. We strive to collaborate toward the realization of every child's highest potential in the classroom, community, and wider world. 

Building on our roots as one of the first purposefully integrated schools in the region, CFS actively seeks students and staff from a diverse range of backgrounds.  

Traits and Requirements:

Strong candidates will demonstrate:

  • experience teaching at the elementary level, especially with 8- to 10-year-olds
  • a minimum of a bachelor's degree, preferably in elementary education
  • strong understanding of early childhood development
  • in-depth knowledge of elementary curriculum and best teaching practices
  • rich repertoire of teaching strategies to address a variety of learning styles and needs
  • ability to engage in student assessment and evaluation
  • proficiency with digital communication and ability to integrate technology effectively in the classroom
  • ability to foster positive relationships with and among students and parents
  • commitment to continuous professional learning, including understanding and application of current research and participation in professional development opportunities
  • ability and interest in collaborative work with colleagues in the classroom and throughout the School
  • an understanding of and strong affinity for Quaker philosophy and the School's mission
  • ability to provide educational experiences that include diverse cultures and backgrounds 
  • willingness to understand how power and inequality, influenced by race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc., impact our students and families
  • an orientation toward taking initiative and self-direction
  • strong writing and communication skills
  • ability to meet varied demands with integrity, enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and a sense of humor

The Lower School

The Lower School, strongly rooted in Quaker philosophy and student-centered practice, nurtures the intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical growth of the whole child. The School focuses on the unique worth of the individual, recognizing that each child grows in different dimensions and at different rates. The Lower School also recognizes that children learn best by doing, by being engaged in activity; learning is enhanced as children engage their senses and interact with their environment. As they experiment and explore, answering questions of real relevance, children develop skills of inquiry, reasoning, problem-solving, and communication.

Located on the main campus of Carolina Friends School, rooms in the Lower School are open, colorful, and designed for maximum flexibility, providing space for both independent study and group learning as well as for play. The large playground invites various creative play activities, while the School's creek and wooded, rural setting offer an ideal environment for exploration and nature study.  One of the greatest strengths of the Lower School is its community of talented, dedicated, and collegial teachers. The School is fortunate to attract outstanding educators who see teaching as a calling, as an art, and as an opportunity to nurture the whole child. CFS staff possess strong academic backgrounds and enthusiastically embrace the habit of lifelong learning. They are self-directed thinkers, always considering how to best meet their students' needs. We welcome new teachers to the School who share similar educational goals and with whom Carolina Friends School's philosophy and practice resonate.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit, in one complete PDF file, the following to, with Lower School Teacher 8-10 indicated in the subject line: 

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • Names and contact information for three references

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. CFS reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as all materials can be compiled.

APPLICANTS: Please review the Who We Are, Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity, and Important Information for All Applicants sections on the CFS employment opportunities page.

Carolina Friends School actively strives to be a community of staff, students, and families of diverse backgrounds. CFS does not discriminate based on age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socio-economic background, family structure, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, or military service in the administration of its policies and programs.

CFS is an equal opportunity employer in both policy and practice.