Working at PDS

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.

Open Positions for 2023-2024

Head of Early Childhood Posted 11/30/22

The Early Childhood Head devotes full focus and energies to leading all aspects of the Early Childhood division at PDS, including its boys, teachers, curriculum, programs and policies. They evaluate all Early Childhood teachers.

All Early Childhood teachers report directly to the Early Childhood Head. The Early Childhood Head reports directly to the Head of School.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and oversight of the planning and implementation of Early Childhood teaching, learning, and curriculum, ensuring they are aligned with and advance the school’s mission, educational philosophy and principles. Educates Early Childhood faculty and parents on research and trends in Early Childhood education and child-development, including the social, emotional, and spiritual development of Early Childhood boys.
  • Develops and oversees programs that build Christian character and morals, and a spirit of unity, celebration, and joy within the division.
  • Oversees all aspects of an Early Childhood boy’s experience at PDS.
  • Establishes a disciplinary philosophy and disciplinary guidelines for the division and handles disciplinary matters for students in the division.
  • Oversees all Early Childhood logistical issues, including field trips, special programs, attendance, etc.
  • Meets each month with Early Childhood teachers to review the operations, curriculum, performance of boys, and other matters specific to the grade level, and to develop strategies to help Early Childhood boys thrive.
  • Develops meaningful relationships with faculty and students by being actively and visibly involved in the daily happenings within the division.
  • Serves as the initial and primary administrative contact for parents of EC boys.
  • Evaluates all Early Childhood teachers and, in consultation with the Head of School, determines such teachers’ compensation.
  • Leads the faculty recruitment and hiring process for all Early Childhood teachers.
  • Oversees the Early Childhood budget. Reviews and approves/denies requests for the purchase of any Early Childhood instructional materials, resources, textbooks, and other academic or curricular materials.
  • Plays a key leadership role in the admission assessment and selection process of Early Childhood applicants.
  • Coordinates professional development with the Director of Research and Innovation for Early Childhood faculty and staff.
  • Works with the Director of Research & Innovation to review documentation and records for Department of Education accreditation purposes. Monitors interactions with the PDS Child Development Center faculty and student enrollment to ensure alignment with the educational philosophy, principles, and mission of the school.
  • Perform other leadership duties, including assisting the Director of Research and Innovation in coordinating the New Teacher Mentoring Program.

Performance Characteristics

  • Acts with courtesy and kindness to everyone under all circumstances.
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Communicate at a high-level of self-awareness, interpersonal communication, self-organization, and motivation.
  • Display a character of goodwill, winsomeness, and humor. Positive intent.
  • Is tactful.
  • Collaborative and Team Oriented
  • Maintains a growth mindset and takes initiative in leading a group forward

Applications accepted through February 10, 2022. Candidate interviews will follow shortly thereafter, concluding March 9th.

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Nursery Teacher Posted 12/1/22

Presbyterian Day School is seeking a full-time infant/toddler teacher. The candidate should have a passion for working with our youngest students, as well as, the energy required to enthusiastically embrace the exuberance of this age child. Childcare experience is required and a degree in Early Childhood is preferred.

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Substitute Teachers

Presbyterian Day School seeks college educated candidates for substitute teaching positions for the 2022-2023 school year.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and application.

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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:

Rachel Bishop
Interim Head of Early Childhood (YK-SK)

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

Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade for almost 75 years.

With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

4025 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111


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