Southern Teachers is the premier placement service for independent schools in the South. Since 1902, teachers, coaches, and administrators have found more jobs through Southern Teachers than from any other source.

Our services are free for candidates.

Schools pay for our services because they trust Southern Teachers to serve them with integrity and care as they seek the very best educators for their students.

Why Teach at a Private/Independent School?

At an independent school, quality is more than test scores and college acceptances. Our broad spectrum of schools provide unique opportunities for teachers to maximize the potential of their students.

Independent schools have smaller class sizes, allowing teachers to create a more intimate learning environment. Teachers have the flexibility and autonomy to forge their own paths to excellence.

Engaged faculties help support and foster first-time teachers as they become part of the school community. And parental involvement effectively creates a classroom beyond the school walls.

Our Process

Once you've been accepted as an ST candidate, a placement counselor will be assigned to help you through the entire job search process. Together, you'll assemble a compelling credentials file, prepare for interviews, and discern your best job opportunities.

You'll discuss your talents and interests, your career goals and relocation preferences. Next, your counselor will contact your references. Our full understanding of your search helps us identify opportunities most appropriate for you from the thousands listed with us each year.

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General Requirements for Candidates

A bachelor's degree is required and a strong academic record is important.  What matters most is a prospective teacher’s gift for managing and motivating kids.

Schools seek enthusiasm and commitment.  They will often consider a candidate’s previous success as a camp counselor, coach, tutor, or residential advisor. 

For elementary school teaching positions, certification is usually required.  For teachers in middle and upper school, however, schools focus on subject area knowledge and skills in communicating and connecting with teenagers.

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  • What has impressed us most has been the depth of their knowledge of their candidates and our school. Finding the right "match" in hiring is tremendously important, and Southern Teachers gets it.

    Dave FausBrooklandville, MD

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  • At each juncture in my career, I have reconnected with Southern Teachers. They are unique among teacher agencies in that they commit time and resources to knowing candidates and building partnerships with them.

    Marie Reed Charlottesville, VA

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  • Southern Teachers has been the best tool in my job search toolbox. They have helped steer my life in such a positive direction that you had better believe the next time I look for a new job, they will be my first call.

    Bobby LongAsheville, NC

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  • Southern Teachers is one of the easiest placement organizations I have worked with. Your staff is accessible, supportive, and sustains a high level of engagement. Your website is easy to navigate and the video introductions of candidates are a real plus.

    Garhett WagersHouston, TX

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  • Southern Teachers has been a great long-term partner in our hiring. Taking the time and making the effort to know our school and its culture has built a relationship that has allowed you to send us better candidates.

    DuBose EglestonCharleston, SC

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  • Southern Teachers is the absolute best in the business! They work tirelessly to help you accomplish your professional goals. I could never thank them enough for the care and concern that they’ve always shown for me.

    Paul ReynoldsWilson, NC

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  • I have been represented by Southern Teachers on three occasions, and each one afforded me the opportunity to choose the best fit for my needs as an educator . . . and to get jobs at some of the most esteemed institutions in the South!

    Kerri PakalnisHouston, TX

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Latest News

  • Careers at Southern Teachers

    Southern Teachers is currently accepting applications for additional placement counselors and a recruitment coordinator for our office in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

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  • Amazon Gift Card Winners!

    With our new site comes a great new feature—candidate profile photos!  A photo of your smiling face can help you job search by building a connection and creating a positive first impression. To encourage candidates to upload a photo, we will have daily drawings for $25 Amazon Gift Cards all summer long! Check out our winners so far and then log in to update your candidate profile with a new photo!

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  • 2017 Student Art Contest

    We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Student Art Contest! View the winners here. 

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  • Why an Elephant?

    This majestic creature symbolizes many different things in cultures around the world, but we selected it as our icon because the elephant and the agency have key traits in common.

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