Westtown School, an independent, PK-12, day and boarding Quaker school in West Chester, Pennsylvania, seeks an experienced, dynamic Middle School Social Studies teacher.
Westtown is a spirit-led school where students are empowered to discover their unique gifts and guiding purpose in a values-based community, while acquiring the skills and knowledge they will need to impact — and to better — the world they will inherit. Founded in 1799 by members of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Westtown educates not just for the sake of college preparation, but for an engaged and reflective life. The school’s academic program is rigorous, and its college admissions record is impressive. At the same time, the school places a strong emphasis on reflection and mindfulness, both in weekly Meeting for Worship and in students’ everyday lives. Westtown’s beautiful 600-acre campus, located just 25 miles west of Philadelphia, encourages investigation, relaxation, and play, as well as illustrating the school’s commitment to sustainability. Quaker values and practices pervade the curriculum and culture, encouraging each community member to value diversity, to seek peace and justice, and to demonstrate respect for self and others.
Middle School Social Studies Teacher:
The Middle School Social Studies teacher works as part of both a cohort of Middle School Social Studies teachers and a grade level team. Teaching assignments will include a 6th grade Social Studies curriculum that focuses on topics including archaeology, current events and the five themes of geography. The 6th grade Geography and Culture course works collaboratively with 6th grade science on topics related to the science and social impacts of climate change. Teaching assignments may also include 7th grade US History and/or 8th grade Regional Studies.
The Middle School Social Studies teacher is also a member of the core Middle School team. Core activities include advising, participating in lunch, supervision of study halls and recesses, chaperoning field trips or canoe trips, and other activities that contribute to the well-being of the community. 6th grade core teachers support students and parents in the transition to Middle School. Core teachers also engage in at least one season of coaching or an equivalent activity such as advising the yearbook.
BA or BS degree; Advanced degree preferred;
Experience with and commitment to working with Middle School aged children, including understanding of their developmental, social, and academic needs;
Commitment to building and sustaining an inclusive community and a program which reflects diverse cultures and perspectives;
Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s values
Westtown welcomes diverse candidates and encourages them to apply. Westtown does not discriminate in hiring, and is committed to fostering an inclusive community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices.