Employment with Presbyterian Day School

Employment with Presbyterian Day School

Currently Open Positions:

  • Assistant Director of Admission
  • Chaplain and Building Boys, Making Men Director
  • Elementary Design Thinking/STEAM Teacher
  • Library Media Specialist
  • Mandarin Teacher for YK-2nd Grades
  • Spanish Teacher for Elementary
  • Technology Coordinator
  • Upper Elementary Reading/Study Skills Specialist

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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

Library Media Specialist


Presbyterian Day School seeks an innovative self-starter who fosters an environment where a love for reading thrives. The Library Media Specialist collaborates with the teaching staff in the development of student literacy and oversees the selection, organization, utilization, and maintenance of the library, information, and curriculum resources.

The PDS library located in the heart of the school should be a welcoming common space that encourages exploration, creation, collaboration, and creative problem solving between students, teachers, parent volunteers, and the broader community. It should bring together the best of the physical volumes and digital media to create learning hubs that appeal to different needs, age groups, and learning styles.

PDS desires a visionary leader who will cultivate change in the library and develop literacy programming to meet the needs of an ever changing and evolving student body and curriculum.


  • Teach critical thinking skills and provide instruction for students and faculty in the use of the library’s materials and equipment
  • Guide students and faculty as they seek access to information and promote the ethical use of the information
  • Maintain the library collection to support specific program goals
  • Encourage reading by having an excellent knowledge of books and boys
  • Collaborate with teachers to plan and implement instructional units integrating the resources of the library with the classroom curriculum
  • Manage library technology programs to include Alexandria Library system software, ebooks, Accelerated Reader program, databases, and online subscriptions
  • Integrate STEAM initiatives into the library
  • Communicate library programming to stakeholders through the PDS website and social media
  • Develop, organize, and host literacy programming that promotes a love of reading during the school day and beyond regular school hours
  • Promote the PDS library as an institution of community
  • Embrace parent volunteers to provide quality library services and promote events to the PDS community
  • Design and implement summer programming for the Library


  • Bachelor’s degree in education
  • Preferences may be given to a Master’s degree with emphasis in library science
  • A minimum of 5 years teaching experience - library media specialist experience preferred
  • Excellent working knowledge of educational technology for both students and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully and flexibly with staff, students, and the broader community
  • Is an excellent communicator who instills enthusiasm and is open to new ideas, encouraging input from others to create consensus

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Elementary Design Thinking/STEAM Teacher

In the EDGE Design Studio, Presbyterian Day School students are pushed to new heights of thinking and tinkering. Whether involved in a rich, student-centered learning experience using our customized design thinking framework or collaborating on STEAM activities, PDS boys are thinking critically and problem-solving solutions to real issues or dilemmas. Candidates for this position should have a strong desire to stimulate and support innovation at PDS and will be responsible for envisioning, designing, and executing a curriculum that promotes creative confidence, persistence, and a collaborative spirit within our students.

The successful applicant will not only serve as a resident expert in the design process, but will also embrace an attitude of prototyping. Engineering is an integral part of this process. The Design Thinking/STEAM Teacher must feel comfortable teaching and monitoring the safe use of tools, working alongside students to troubleshoot, and encouraging students to apply feedback and iterate when projects are not going as planned. He or she will also feel perfectly comfortable guiding students through projects for which the outcome is unknown.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Planning for and teaching 1st–6th grade classes in EDGE Design Studio
  • Overseeing the EDGE Design Studio to ensure a safe, developmentally appropriate workspace for students and an inviting, collaborative environment for teaching faculty
  • Coordinating with Elementary teachers to develop cross-curricular projects
  • Keeping up with current trends in design thinking, technology, and the maker movement in education
  • Hosting afterschool enrichment opportunities for students
  • Coaching Destination Imagination

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: 

  • A variety of experiences working with children
  • Previous design thinking experience or a commitment to learning the process deeply
  • A high level of comfort trying new things
  • Experience designing age-appropriate lessons to achieve stated goals
  • Evidence of positive professional relationships with parents, students, and colleagues
  • Strong communication and organizational skills

The successful applicant will: 

  • Have a passion for being around, working with, and getting to know and celebrate boys
  • Appreciate and model the distinctly Christian mission of PDS
  • Demonstrate strong instructional and classroom management skills
  • Be technologically savvy and familiar with Google Apps for Education
  • Be a self-starter and inspire students to think BIG
  • Be willing to contribute to school activities outside of the assigned classroom
  • Hold a degree in a related field; a Master’s degree is preferred

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Chaplain and Building Boys, Making Men Director

Overview of the School

Mission Statement:

Presbyterian Day School strives to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men. 
1 Corinthians 10:31 and Luke 2:52

Founded in 1949 by Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN, Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is one of the country’s outstanding independent schools, serving 550 boys in Young Knights (two-year-olds) through the 6th grade. A warm and welcoming Christian environment not only helps boys to develop the skills, habits and mindsets that they will need to thrive and lead as scholars and citizens in a dynamic world, but also offers them significant opportunities to nurture their faith, values and character. PDS is intentional about developing a godly vision of manhood within our boys. Both academic excellence and a deep commitment to Christian education characterize the school.

A school of great traditions and strength that could have rested on successes, PDS has instead relentlessly and courageously pursued a path of questioning, research and study about the nature of learning, schooling and boys. Building on its remarkable commitment to professional development and its talented faculty (nearly 90% of whom have attended Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education), PDS has thoughtfully developed an innovative curriculum and progressive pedagogies that are relevant for today and also intentionally boy-friendly.

Over the past 15 years, PDS has developed a curriculum known as Building Boys, Making Men (BBMM). During this time the school has produced the book “Flight Plan,” developed mentor teachers, created programming, developed the seven virtues of manhood and learned from nearly 1,000 boys and parents who have benefitted from the experience. The school is now poised to create an even stronger program with a goal to bring the innovative curriculum and content to an even wider audience.

PDS seeks a visionary leader to help connect people and resources to advance the mission of Christ through the BBMM program. We are seeking a strategic partner with a proven ability to lead, create and implement content and curriculum. The position will serve both the greater PDS family and be focused on bringing the curriculum to a wider audience beyond the school. The program is fully funded by independent donors with a three-year budget in excess of $1.6 million dollars.

Duties include:

  • Serve as Chaplain and pastor to the boys, teachers, and parents of PDS. Lead and coordinate all Elementary Chapel services.
  • Teach boys and fathers in both small and large groups.
  • Work with PDS Headmaster and members of the Board of Trustees to create long-term plans for the implementation of the BBMM program.
  • Create new content to include blogs, podcasts, curriculum and books.
  • Help to raise funds to ensure the future success of the program.

Preferred Qualities and Qualifications:

  • An outstanding communicator with the ability to write and speak in a manner to bring people closer to Christ.
  • A life-long learner willing to continue to develop and lead with humility
  • A dynamic teacher who loves working with elementary-aged boys and their families.
  • A faithful follower who has both experience and a desire to help people of all backgrounds grow in his/her faith.
  • A disciple of Christ who embodies our Seven Virtues of Manhood.
  • Experience working in an independent school.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required and Master’s Degree or Seminary Degree preferred.

Interested candidates should send the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two samples of writing (article, newsletter, blog, transcript of speech, etc)
  • List of 3 references (references will not be contacted without permission)

Presbyterian Day School
c/o Cheryl Burkart
4025 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111

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