Lower School Teaching Position: Grade 5

The Park School is seeking a Fifth Grade classroom teacher beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Fall 2014

Fifth Grade Classroom Teacher

The position involves responsibility for all academic subject areas within an integrated curriculum based on a year-long theme study of medieval cultures. The position also involves active collaboration with the three other classroom teachers and with special area teachers in coordinating programs. Reporting to parents and involving parents in their children’s education are additional key responsibilities. All Lower School teachers share in covering routine duties, attend weekly faculty meetings and other meetings as needed.


Quality of mind, passion for teaching, and commitment to the education of lower school children are essential. In addition, the position requires the ability to work collaboratively within a grade level team and to communicate effectively with parents. Specific qualifications include:

  • Orientation to progressive philosophy and teaching methods
  • Formal training in lower school education (M.A. or M.A.T. preferred)
  • Classroom experience at the lower school level (3+ years); upper elementary experience strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated strength in teaching mathematics both for conceptual understanding and skills mastery
  • Demonstrated strength in teaching literacy skills through literature and process writing
  • Experience in teaching inquiry-based science a strong plus
  • Experience in teaching an integrated, theme-centered curriculum a strong plus
  • Experience in curriculum development a strong plus
  • Experience in addressing diversity issues a strong plus
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply

Context: Park’s Lower School

Park’s Lower School is committed to progressive principles of education. Respect for children and confidence in their natural capacity to learn—and to enjoy learning--are key. The program at all grade levels centers on experiential learning within an integrated curriculum. Our approach emphasizes open-ended inquiry and problem solving, collaborative projects, and exposure to a wide range of learning activities and materials, anchored by a focus on essential understandings and attention to basic skills.

The faculty role is a fully professional one: in addition to taking full responsibility for students’ learning in core subject areas and their emotional growth, classroom teachers individually and collectively are the creators of the curriculum.  The faculty is actively engaged in ongoing curriculum development and review, both as grade level teams and in cross-grade-level and division-wide initiatives. Faculty are also strongly involved in divisional and school-wide diversity initiatives. 

The Lower School at Park includes grades Pre-Kindergarten - Fifth, with an enrollment of 290 students and 45 faculty. June Bennett is Principal of the division.  Support personnel include Lower School Assistant Principal Lisa Sun, Learning Resource Teacher Susan Eisner, Counselor Zella Adams, and Science Resource Teacher Laura Jacoby.  Each classroom teacher is responsible for one section of 14-16 students. Special area teachers provide instruction in art, music, physical education, library, computer, and Spanish.


Park salaries and benefits are highly competitive with those in other leading independent schools.  For new appointments, salaries reflect experience and training equated to Park’s scales.

In addition to normal retirement and health benefits, the school offers the following distinctive programs:

  • Faculty & Curricular Advancement (FACA) Program: This program supports summer professional work by faculty on a distinctive scale. Established in 1989, FACA is supported by a $5.6 million endowment; currently, over 40% of all Park faculty participate annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for participants in projects selected through a formal review process. Most grants are for four weeks; some are for shorter periods.

  • Tuition Remission: Under current policy, all full-time employees are eligible to receive tuition remission after two years for their children who attend Park. All applicants, including faculty children, must meet Park’s standards for admission. (During the first two years of employment, faculty may apply for aid through the need-based financial assistance program.)

Application Process 

Send letter of interest, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and references via e-mail or post.

Contact Person

Betsy Leighton, Associate Head of School
The Park School
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore MD 21208
Fax: (410)339-4125

The Park School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from qualified candidates of all races, religions, national origins, and sexual orientations.