EMPLOYMENT AT WESTMINSTER SCHOOL
Westminster School is located on a seven-acre campus in the heart of Annandale, VA, a residential suburb of Washington, DC. Located inside the Interstate 495 “beltway,” Westminster is minutes from downtown DC, Tyson’s Corner in Fairfax, Crystal City in Alexandria, the popular Mosaic District, and other prominent hubs of the northern Virginia area.
School facilities include 24 classrooms, including art, music, orchestra, and makerspace studios, plus library, theater, gymnasium, two administrative suites, conference rooms, outdoor playground and game field, and maintenance headquarters and workshop.
At Westminster, we believe that the physical environment teaches. To be surrounded on a daily basis by order, cleanliness, attention to detail, engaging displays, and works of art encourages calmness, a sense of well-being, engagement, imagination, appreciation, and responsibility—all states of mind helpful for learning and personal growth. High standards for the maintenance and presentation of the buildings, interiors, and grounds are deeply embedded in school tradition, and both staff and students take pride in the appearance and “feeling” of Westminster School.
Of course, the human environment is the most important one. Westminster School embraces a diverse community of students, staff, and their families, and strives to create an environment where all members of the community find warmth, respect, courtesy, and kindness, and where each individual is encouraged toward personal growth and fulfillment of potential. Staff members are challenged to develop professionally, but also to explore and share their creativity and talents. Staff activities during orientation meetings, talent shows, participation in the school’s drama and music programs, and weaving creativity into their lessons and classrooms are all part of daily life at Westminster School.
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Science / Geography Teacher – Grades 3 & 4
Westminster School, an independent PreK-8th Grade school located in Fairfax County, provides an outstanding classical education, with specialists teaching at all grade levels. We seek an experienced elementary teacher with a strong background and interest in science and a passion for transmitting that enthusiasm to children. The Science / Geography Teacher teaches daily science/geography classes to two sections of 3rd grade and two sections of 4th grade. Both grade-level curricula comprise three academic quarters of general science (earth science, physical science, life science) and one quarter of geography (map skills, regional studies). Daily science classes allow time for hands-on explorations, lab demonstrations, and student projects. This teacher also teaches one technology class to each grade each week (total of four classes per week). Finally, the position also has homeroom duties for one section of 3rd grade, including supervision of morning arrival, lunch, recess, end-of-day, and field trips. Teachers also provide extra help in their subject(s) during a designated daily period. This full-time position is for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Enjoy small classes (12-15 students), teaching team and subject department guidance/resource, beautiful environment, superior academic and behavioral standards, competitive salary and benefits, and outstanding collegial and administrative support.
Math/Science Teacher, Grades 5 & 6
Westminster School (Independent Preschool-8th Grade, founded 1962) provides an outstanding classical education, with specialists teaching at all grade levels. We seek an experienced elementary teacher with a strong background and interest in math and science and a passion for transmitting that enthusiasm to children. The Math / Science Teacher teaches daily general math classes to two sections of 5th grade and pre-algebra to one section of 6th grade. In addition, he/she teaches general science to two sections of 5 th grade. Daily classes allow time for hands-on explorations and student projects. This position also has homeroom duties for one section of 5th grade, including supervision of morning arrival, lunch, recess, end-of-day, and field trips. Teachers also provide extra help in their subject(s) during a designated daily period. The position also includes teaching a weekly math enrichment class to the 6 th graders and co-sponsoring the math club, which meets after school once per month. Enjoy small classes (12-15 students), guidance and resources from a teaching team leader and a department chair, beautiful environment, superior academic and behavioral standards, a highly diverse, welcoming community, and outstanding collegial and administrative support.
Long-Term Substitute Math Teacher, grades 7 and 8
Westminster School, an independent PreK – 8th Grade school in Fairfax County, provides an outstanding classical education, with specialists teaching at all grade levels. We seek an experienced math teacher who can join our school from August 15 to December 15, 2023, while our 7th /8th-grade math teacher is on maternity leave. Daily hours are 7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Our math program is advanced, with all 7 th graders studying Algebra I, and 8 th graders either completing Algebra I or progressing to Geometry. This position also includes teaching a math enrichment class twice weekly to each grade and rotating through various supervisory duties (Extra Math Help, Study Hall, etc.) within school hours.A clear curriculum guide is in place for all courses. Homework is assigned daily, and there is a frequent schedule of quizzes and tests. Teaching resources are in place, including sample quizzes, tests, and assignments. An average of three planning periods are provided each day. Close guidance from the subject teacher and the team leader will be provided. In addition to subject mastery, the position requires strong organizational skills, careful attention to detail, and willingness to meet school standards, including timely grading and return of student work. Enjoy small classes (12-15 students), a clear mission and philosophy which are consistently implemented throughout the school, a beautiful environment, superior academic and behavioral standards, a highly diverse, welcoming community, and outstanding collegial and administrative support.
Technology/STEAM Program Teacher/Coordinator
Westminster School, an independent preK-8th grade school in Fairfax County provides a well-rounded, advanced academic program enriched by daily PE, art, music, drama, frequent field trips, and a school calendar full of special events. We seek an experienced technology and/or STEAM teacher with experience at the elementary/middle-school level to teach technology classes and STEAM classes/activities to students in grades 3 – 8, and to assist with various technology-related aspects of the general school program. Principal duties include reviewing the curriculum and teaching technology classes; further the design and implementation of a coherent STEAM program for Westminster School; coordinate with academic teachers, using STEAM activities to enhance curricula; assist with school web management (e.g., upload and format text, photos, pop-ups, etc., upon request); assist with creative technology assignments (e.g., photographing, videorecording school events, helping in the theater tech booth, etc.); and assist with integrity of school technology (e.g., student/staff lap tops, classroom smart boards, etc.).
This position requires the ability to relate well to children ages 5-14, strong collaboration skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, strong communication skills, and creativity. Enjoy a traditional school environment with high standards for student behavior and responsibility, a diverse and welcoming community, and strong collegial and administrative support.
We seek experienced teachers to provide support for our elementary and middle school classes, and become part of a community dedicated to excellence. All subjects, including French, PE. Enjoy small classes (grades K-8); courteous, orderly students; clear lesson plans; a welcoming atmosphere; and competitive compensation. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Westminster School seeks an experienced Child Care Supervisor for our extended day (after-school care) program for the duration of the 2022-2023 school year (there are additional opportunities for employment in our summer camp program). Hours: 2:45 – 6:00 p.m. (approx.), Mon-Fri., on all school days. Responsibilities include sharing daily supervision of students, overseeing homework, snack, outdoor play, and arts/crafts. In addition, staff members help to ensure that the program meets all VA Dept. of Social Services licensing requirements, as well as all operating standards set by the school administration. Requirements include: two years’ relevant experience; criminal background check; excellent English; dress code; professional appearance and demeanor; some college preferred. Enjoy courteous children, a well-organized program, and a beautiful school environment. If you would like to be considered for this position, please complete and submit the form below.
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In the News
Head of School, Nancy Schuler discusses her philosophy on teacher retention in this article in CSEE Connections Quarterly.
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Author: Ted Fish
Why Choose Westminster School for Your Education Career?
Teachers at Westminster School feel empowered by the school’s uplifting mission and philosophy [link] and the opportunities to contribute to it. While they are respected as professionals in their own classrooms, Westminster teachers also know themselves to be part of something greater, which inspires them and bonds them with their colleagues and the greater school community.
Traditions such as the Back-to-School Picnic, Halloween Parade, Hat Day, Holiday Cookie Party (and staff party!), Varsity vs. Parents Basketball Games, along with student plays, music programs, talent shows, art and poetry contests, and more, lend variety to the school year and provide much enjoyment and mutual appreciation.
An average class size at Westminster School is 12 students (limit of 18). Small classes allow teachers to really get to know the students and their parents. There is time to establish a strong relationship and understand how to best approach each student’s learning needs.
Teachers are linked with their peers horizontally (by grade levels) and vertically (by subject department) with regular meetings and much interchange of ideas and resources. They appreciate the clear guidance and ready support provided by faculty team leaders and department chairs. There is a clear curriculum guide established for each subject, with room built in for teacher creativity. And faculty members are especially bolstered by an administrative team that is accessible, appreciative, and supportive.
Westminster’s approach to educating and helping to raise the children is characterized by consistent classroom management and respectful, courteous conduct on the part of the students. Teachers are expected to be role models and students are held to high expectations, both academic and behavioral. This is backed by a firm, but loving, administration.
One of the unique aspects of the Westminster program is that all subjects are taught by specialists. During the course of the day, the students change classrooms to be taught each subject by the specialist. In each grade, there is a *separate teacher and dedicated classroom for each core subject, including English/language arts, math, history, science, French (in all grades), and Latin (in grades 7-8). Of course, the students are also taught by specialists in all their enrichment classes, including P.E., art, music, drama, technology, and STEAM. Not only does this provide students with an “immersion” environment in each classroom they enter, but teachers get the opportunity to focus their teaching on what they are truly passionate about.
Westminster School respects its faculty members as professionals and values them as individuals with unique perspectives and gifts. This is shown through professional development activities, generous benefits (see below) and personnel policies, personal attention (e.g., treats and lunches on teacher workdays and conference days), openness to faculty concerns and solutions, and warm daily interactions. Many special events and school traditions implemented by the administration provide a feeling of belonging.
Westminster parents truly care about their child’s development, and communication among parents, teachers, and administrators is emphasized. Parents are friendly and supportive of school values. Many are active in fundraising and “fun-raising” activities throughout the school year. Westminster encourages a professional relationship with the parents.
Salaries for beginning teachers and increases for advanced degrees and additional years of teaching experience are competitive with area private and public schools. Benefits include:
- Generous leave policies;
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance options;
- Employer-matching retirement plan (optional);
- Supplemental retirement plan (optional);
- Short- and long-term disability plans, including parental leave;
- Professional development opportunities;
- Life insurance;
- Fifty-percent tuition remission.
* There are two homerooms per grade. In Kindergarten – 2 nd grades, one teacher specializes in
language arts and social studies while the other specializes in Math and Science (with general
topics being taught by both). In grades 3 – 8, there is a separate teacher for each subject.
Requirements for employment
Westminster seeks candidates who are energetic, enthusiastic team players, creative, and passionate about teaching/education. Most of our teachers hold a bachelor’s degree in the subject they teach and a master’s degree in education, or have a comparable background. At least two years of teaching experience are preferred. A bachelor’s degree and state and national background checks are required. (See specific requirements in the Current Openings section.)
Diversity and Equity at Westminster School
Westminster School draws students from a wide variety of racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Approximately half of our students are members of minority groups. Classroom activities and general school culture emphasize the diversity of our community as a gift to be shared and celebrated. Tolerance for differences and respect for all are values that are woven throughout the formal program of the school and, most importantly, through the daily interaction among our students, parents, and staff.
Westminster School admits students and employs staff members without regard to gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or sexual identity. The school does not discriminate on these bases in the administration of personnel policies, educational policies, athletic programs, financial aid and loan programs, or other school programs.
If you wish to apply for an open position, or if you would like to be considered for future opportunities, please submit a cover letter and/or resume here.