Employment with Presbyterian Day School

The school selects highly qualified and motivated life-long learners who are eager to instruct and mentor based on educational research and for whom our Christian principles are a good fit.

The school invests significant resources in teacher training and professional development.

  • Over the last nine years, the school has sent over 85% of PDS teachers to Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • The school invests heavily and aggressively in professional development.
  • The school provides summer grants for curriculum study and international travel.
  • Teachers participate in school-wide summer reading.
  • New teachers are assigned a mentor teacher to guide them through the first year at PDS.
  • Teachers occupy leadership positions as facilitators of teacher book groups, instructional team chairs, committee chairs, and grade level lead teachers.
  • Teachers attend workshops, seminars, and institutes.
  • Teachers are encouraged to share their expertise as conference presenters (have done so in South Africa and New Zealand and throughout U.S.).
  • Teachers network with other experts in the field of education by participating in action research and visiting other schools.
  • Teachers are encouraged to seek graduate degrees, and PDS offsets some of the cost toward that end.
  • Teachers are a mix of veteran, mid-career and young teachers who all contribute richly to the school community and our on-going conversation about what it means to be well educated in the 21st century.
  • Teachers are given both support and flexibility and the opportunity to exercise curricular leadership in a stimulating professional environment.

PDS provides significant technological resources for boys and teachers:

  • Every classroom has a SmartBoards to encourage a higher degree creative and flexibility in teaching.
  • Every classroom has access to a student laptop carts for PK-6th grade.
  • Three technology curriculum specialists support teachers in their efforts to integrate technology into their teaching.
  • PDS provides every teacher a laptop for school use.

PDS graduates eventually matriculate at many of our nation’s most competitive universities, and our alumni have distinguished themselves as scholars and leaders around the country.

PDS offers a very competitive compensation package.

PDS invites applications for consideration for jobs that may be available in the fall.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, transcript, transcript, background check authorization, and job application including a philosophy of education where applicable for consideration. Typically, applications are reviewed in late winter and early spring. Due to the competitive nature of the applicant pool, it is advisable that interested applicants apply as early as possible. After careful review, a select group of applicants will be contacted for a first round interview.

For more information contact:

Debbie Isom
Head of Early Childhood (YK-SK)

Laura Glenn
Head of Elementary School Division (1st-6th)

 


Open Positions

Reading Specialist

First through Third Grades

Presbyterian Day School seeks a qualified candidate for the position of reading specialist. This position provides significant attention to elementary students who are experiencing difficulty in reading due to differences in learning styles or suspected disabilities which present challenges to their academic growth. The reading specialist will, upon teacher referral, screen and determine which boys appear to be candidates for specialized instruction. He/she will collaborate with the homeroom teachers to provide pull-out reading instruction using a modified curriculum that embraces a multi-sensory approach.

The ideal candidate will have the following experiences, background, and skills:

  1. Appreciates and models the distinctly Christian mission of PDS
  2. Holds a Masters degree in Reading or a related field
  3. Has training and experience with multi-sensory instructional practices (both Slingerland and Orton-Gillingham training preferred)
  4. Has a minimum of 5 years classroom experience (experience with dyslexic students preferred)
  5. Has experience in the testing/screening of children
  6. Has a passion for being around, working with, and getting to know and celebrate boys
  7. Works as a team player; is comfortable with on-going improvement and change
  8. Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills

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Director of Academic Support/First Grade Reading Specialist

Presbyterian Day School seeks a qualified candidate who will serve as Director of Academic Support and provide small group reading instruction to all first-grade students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research current best practices for providing differentiated instruction to boys with learning differences
  • Perform student observations and serve as a resource to elementary classroom teachers regarding students who need academic support
  • Develop and monitor academic support plans for students as needed throughout the year
  • Maintain constant dialogue with teachers in grades one through six to be familiar with student histories, areas of concern, and interventions that have been put into place for support
  • Make referrals for student psychoeducational testing and review reports with the Head of Elementary
  • Maintain psychoeducational testing on file to ensure up-to-date reports
  • Facilitate parent-teacher conferences to discuss a student’s academic progress and/or review psychoeducational testing reports
  • Coordinate tutoring services for students throughout the school year and make sure that all students who are required for summer tutoring receive that support
  • Coordinate on-site language/speech therapy for students
  • Analyze ERB scores and other grade-level testing to identify “at-risk” students, notify teachers at the beginning of the school year about identified students, and develop academic support plans for these students as needed
  • Collaborate weekly with administrative team to develop academic support plans for boys in first through sixth grades
  • Team with first-grade teachers for planning and implementation of reading curriculum that provides small group reading instruction to all boys in the first grade
  • Administer first-grade reading and comprehension assessments throughout the year

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Appreciates and models the distinctly Christian mission of PDS
  • Holds an advanced degree in a related educational field
  • Has experience assisting diverse learners and is able to respond to students in an individualized, flexible, and spontaneous manner
  • Has experience teaching in an elementary setting
  • Has formal training and experience using a multi-sensory approach to reading instruction
  • Has experience reading, interpreting, and implementing recommendations contained in psychoeducational reports
  • Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Possesses a deep understanding of how boys learn and develop
  • Works as a team player; is comfortable with on-going improvement and change
  • Is able to write a cohesive, coherent, and well-planned academic support plan
  • Demonstrates great “follow through” while monitoring academic support plans
  • Is a creative problem solver
  • Has excellent organizational skills
  • Models lifelong learning

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Elementary Spanish Teacher

Presbyterian Day School seeks a qualified candidate to teach Spanish in grades 3–6. The candidate should be committed to providing a learning environment that focuses on the total child, fosters creativity, and encourages critical thinking. Candidates should have a strong desire to teach by precept and example the basic tenets of Christianity, to promote the education of boys, and to commit to the strengthening of the programs and policies of Presbyterian Day School.   The ideal candidate will have the following responsibilities, experiences, and skills:

  • Creates a dynamic classroom setting in which students are immersed in the Spanish language thus acquiring the ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish, with a particular focus on oral proficiency in real-life contexts
  • Ignites students’ enthusiasm for language learning as well as Spanish culture and history
  • Uses strategies and creates activities that address the unique learning styles of boys
  • Provides multiple methods of assessment that demonstrate understanding and language growth
  • Communicates student learning with parents and larger PDS community
  • Collaborates effectively with colleagues to create integrated curriculum opportunities
  • Promotes a positive and supportive school culture
  • Has a passion for being around, working with, and getting to know and celebrate boys
  • Appreciates and models the distinctly Christian mission of PDS
  • Holds a degree in a related field; a Master’s degree in the teaching of Spanish as a Second Language is preferred
  • Possesses strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills

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