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Physical Education Teacher (Begins Late August 2019)

Job Summary:

Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the school currently enrolls 940 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse, democratic society and global community.” 

We are seeking a dynamic, innovative Physical Education teacher to join our faculty. Responsibilities include developing in each student an understanding of the relationship of good body function and exercise; motivating each student to cultivate physical fitness; discovering and developing talents of students in physical achievement; and developing strength, skill, agility, poise, and coordination in individual and team physical activities and sports, in accordance with each student’s ability.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (K-12 Certification); Master’s Degree preferred
  • A minimum of three (3) years of PE teaching experience
  • Deep understanding of the areas of physical education and fitness
  • Ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of children with physical differences, learning challenges, and a variety of skill levels, including all in activities with dignity and respect
  • Excellent communication skills, sound judgment and emotional maturity
  • Affinity and enthusiasm for working with students across grade levels, as young as 4 years of age through 18 years of age
  • Experience working at a progressive school or in a progressive environment; a belief in the key tenets of progressive education, namely that learning and growth are not competitive endeavors; that great teaching begins with positive, trusting relationships between students and teachers; and that engaging students fully in interesting, exciting and challenging processes is what good teaching looks like
  • Experience in and a commitment to developing one’s own cultural competency and seeking, continually, greater levels of diversity, equity and inclusion in practices and in curricula
  • Willingness to learn and improve professionally
  • Ability and interest in coaching athletics and/or leading extra-curricular student activities


Commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply:
Please submit cover letter with resume by mail or email (no telephone inquiries please):

Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources

Francis W. Parker School

330 W. Webster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School’s community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School’s mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.

Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.

Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.

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