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Upper School English 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 currently seeking a dynamic, innovative and experienced educator in the field of English to join our faculty in the Upper School. Responsibilities include teaching a combination of year long required and semester long elective courses. There are also opportunities to serve as an advisor, coach, sponsor clubs, and do collaborative work in our civic engagement programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.A. or Ph.D. in English or Secondary English Education
  • A minimum of five years of high school English classroom experience
  • Affinity and enthusiasm for working with mid-adolescents
  • Experience with/understanding of writing pedagogy and practice grounded in voice, experimentation, revision.
  • Experience with collaborative, cross-disciplinary curriculum development
  • Life-long learner, interested in pursuing continual development of self and craft.
  • Experience in and a continual commitment to developing one’s own cultural competency and seeking greater levels of diversity, equity and inclusion in pedagogical practices and in curricula
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Excellent communication skills, sound judgment and emotional maturity


Commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package.

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

Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources

Francis W. Parker School

330 W. Webster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

fax: 773.549.4430

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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