Devoted to intellectual inquiry, a collaborative spirit of learning, and an appreciation for the diversity of human experience, The Park School of Baltimore is a community founded on positive expectations of our students and respect for individual differences.
We cultivate children’s innate curiosity by nurturing their interests and engaging them as active participants in their own education.
We support young people in becoming confident questioners and responsible citizens of the world. ~The Park School Mission
The Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school of 815 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Founded in 1912 as one of the early progressive schools, The Park School continues to practice a distinct educational philosophy. The core values today, as in 1912, are a belief in children’s capacity to love learning, to grow academically and emotionally when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers, and to develop self-discipline, confidence, and creative problem-solving skills through deep exploration and constant challenge. At every grade level, from Pre-Kindergarten through Upper School, Park actively encourages questioning and conversation as essential elements of the learning process. The school
philosophy emphasizes a belief in positive expectations and expects that students, as they mature, will take increasing responsibility for their own learning.
We are seeking a full-time Social Studies teacher for Park’s Middle School. We anticipate that the candidate who is hired will likely teach a total of four sections of sixth grade and seventh grade Social Studies. Sixth grade Social Studies examines the theme of community, which students approach by studying how communities in the world have defined themselves historically, geographically, and culturally. Meanwhile, seventh grade explores the concept of identity in American Society. The course approaches this theme by examining the creation of American identity and the different ways in which individuals and groups have struggled, and continue to struggle, to promote justice and the rights of all citizens. All of the Middle School Social Studies courses are designed to further student progress in the departmental habits of mind which are: historical thinking skills, global mindedness, valuing diverse perspectives and developing empathy, and active citizenship. The faculty member will also be a part of the grade level team, which necessitates the ability to collaborate with others in order to craft valuable interdisciplinary learning experiences. In addition to teaching, the faculty member will serve as an advisor to a group of students and will be a full participant in the life of the Middle School.
For all Park School positions, quality of mind, passion for teaching and working with students are essential qualifications. While new faculty come from a variety of independent and public school backgrounds, commitment to educational approaches compatible with Park’s progressive philosophy is essential. Finally, we seek teachers who will engage fully in this professional role, with ongoing involvement in collaborative work to develop and assess curriculum, and to meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs. In addition, we seek the following qualifications for this specific position:
Park’s Middle School has 195 students in grades six through eight. Each grade level in the Middle School has a theme: the sixth grade theme is community, seventh grade explores identity, and the eighth grade theme is advocacy. Thematic connections are made across disciplines at all grade levels. The Middle School faculty has engaged in significant professional development work in differentiating instruction, adolescent cognitive development, and diversity and inclusivity.
Park salary 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:
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 in projects annually. Grants cover full salary and benefits for group or individual projects selected through a formal review process.
Under current policy, employees who have been at Park full-time for two years are eligible to receive full tuition remission for their children who attend Park. All candidates, including employee 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.)
Send letter of interest, personal statement, resume, and list of references. Please indicate whether you plan to attend any national recruitment forums. Please also indicate whether there are any special circumstances that will affect the timing of your search, availability for interviews, and decisions for the coming year.
Priscilla Morales, Associate Head of School
The Park School of Baltimore
2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Telephone: (410) 339-4152
FAX: (410) 339-4125
The Park School of Baltimore does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identify and expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee’s duties.