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3rd/4th Grade Teacher
2022-2023

Lansdowne Friends School seeks a full-time 3rd/4th grade teacher to begin in September of 2022. They will lead one of our two 3rd/4th grade homerooms composed of approximately 14-15 students each. The teaching responsibilities include teaching Language Arts to the mixed-grade homeroom group, teaching math to the 4th graders from both homerooms, and teaching social studies to mixed-grade students from both homerooms. Students will study science with the other homeroom teacher at the same time that the rest of the students are studying social studies. 

Close coordination and collaboration with the other 3rd/4th grade teacher is critical, as the two homerooms are both separate groupings but also very closely intertwined. In a very real sense, all 28-30 of the 3rd/4th grade students are under your combined care. The position includes communicating closely with families, coordinating field trips, service projects, and leadership opportunities on and off campus, and collaborating with the other homeroom teachers across the school, and with the “specials” teachers who teach art, music, PE, shop, and Spanish.

Key qualities and qualifications sought include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in elementary school education or in a related subject area (master’s preferred)
  • Three or more years of experience as a lead teacher for this age group, preferably in a progressive and/or Quaker independent school
  • Experience teaching balanced literacy and the writing process
  • Experience teaching math (familiarity with the Everyday Math program and/or more hands-on, constructivist approaches to math instruction is preferred)
  • Passion for teaching social studies, with a focus on anti-racism and social justice
  • Familiarity with the Responsive Classroom approach to building class community, and strong classroom management skills
  • Experience in developing and leading service projects that connect to the curriculum and/or that engage students in issues related to the environment and/or social justice
  • Ability to form trusting and positive relationships with students
  • Collaborative approach to working with children and colleagues
  • Interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Organizational and technology skills, such as Google Suites, Zoom, and student information systems 
  • Integrity, curiosity, flexibility, and strong work ethic
  • Interest in being part of a collaborative professional culture and in continuing professional growth
  • Affinity with Quaker values and the mission of Lansdowne Friends School

Salary Range: $39,500 to $51,880, depending on experience and educational background. This position comes with a full menu of benefits, including a retirement plan, health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and support for professional development. 

Lansdowne Friends School is a small, diverse independent elementary day school serving students from ages 3 years old through sixth grade located just outside of Philadelphia in the Borough of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Lansdowne Friends School nurtures young minds, bodies, and spirits by offering a responsive and challenging program grounded in Quaker values.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references as soon as possible. Materials should be sent to Linda Sena, lsena@lansdownefriendsschool.org

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Spanish Teacher
2022-2023

Lansdowne Friends School seeks a part-time Spanish teacher to begin in September of 2022. They will teach a total of 14 Spanish classes per week to students from Pre-K to 6th grade. This position is part-time, with the possibility of being full-time. If interested in a full-time position, please include that in your application. 

The Spanish teacher is responsible for developing, planning and implementing Spanish instruction for all students. Qualified candidates will have classroom teaching experience, and a strong understanding or openness to language acquisition theory and teaching with a Comprehensible Input approach. Successful candidates will have a passion for teaching Spanish and an interest in further developing our school’s Spanish program. 

Key qualifications include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Spanish, elementary or middle school education or in a related subject area 
  • Fluency in Spanish reading, writing, speaking and listening (Native/heritage speakers preferred)
  • Passion for teaching Spanish to children, including but not limited to language, culture, geography, and history 
  • Experience as a classroom teacher, preferably in a progressive and/or Quaker independent school
  • Experience developing and implementing Spanish curriculums and lesson plans for students PreK-6th grade 
  • Familiarity with the Responsive Classroom approach to building class community
  • Ability to form trusting and positive relationships with students and colleagues
  • Collaborative approach to working with children and colleagues
  • Interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Organizational and technology skills, such as Google Suites, Zoom, and student information systems 
  • Affinity with Quaker values and the mission of Lansdowne Friends School

Salary Range: Full-time equivalent salary of $39,500 to $51,880, depending on experience and educational background. If full-time, the position comes with a full menu of benefits, including a retirement plan, health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and support for professional development. 

Lansdowne Friends School is a small, diverse independent elementary day school serving students from ages 3 years old through sixth grade located just outside of Philadelphia in the Borough of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Lansdowne Friends School nurtures young minds, bodies, and spirits by offering a responsive and challenging program grounded in Quaker values.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references as soon as possible. Materials should be sent to Linda Sena, lsena@lansdownefriendsschool.org

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Extended Day Program Position
2022-2023

Lansdowne Friends School seeks a part-time staff person(s) for its Extended Day Program (EDP) for the upcoming  2022-2023 school year. Staff is needed Monday through Friday for morning care from 7:30-8:30am and afternoon care from 3:00-6:00pm.  These hours can be spread between 2 or 3 candidates to accommodate availability.  

We are looking for a motivated, resourceful, responsible, reliable, professional and creative individual who enjoys working with children. Good communication skills are essential. First aid training and/or babysitting certification preferred but not required. 

The job responsibilities include the following:

  • Creating and implementing structured games and activities, e.g. Minecraft
  • Supervising outdoor and indoor free play
  • Preparing and serving snacks
  • Creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming, and clean environment for students and families
  • Working with other staff members
  • Communicating with families when necessary
  • Providing quality childcare during school parent/teacher conferences in October and March

Lansdowne Friends School is a small, diverse independent elementary day school serving students from ages 3 years old through sixth grade located just outside of Philadelphia in the Borough of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Lansdowne Friends School nurtures young minds, bodies, and spirits by offering a responsive and challenging program grounded in Quaker values.

Lansdowne Friends School is an equal opportunity employer and affords equal opportunity to all applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disabililty, verteran status or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.

Background checks required:  

  • Department of Human Service Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
  • Federal Criminal History Record Information

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three references to:

Linda Sena: lsena@lansdownefriendsschool.org

Lansdowne Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or sexual orientation in the operation of its educational programs and activities.