I have worked with Southern Teachers for the past decade. I find their consultants knowledgeable, thoughtful, and caring. It has also been my experience that they really know their candidates. When we receive a referral from Southern Teachers, we know that the candidate has been vetted and that their is solid potential for a great fit with our school. Finally, I have been able to hire some excellent teachers and administrators through Southern Teachers!
Brookwood School Head of School
I greatly enjoy working with Southern Teachers. Because of the personalized approach, they have the special ability to connect schools with high quality teachers who fit that school's unique mission. ST is a fantastic organization!
Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School Head of Middle School
It has been a privilege to work with Southern Teachers, as both a candidate and school leader client, throughout my career. The level of professionalism and customer service exemplified by the ST team is unparalleled in the independent school industry. They will continue to be my yearly contact resource for a diversified and high quality pool of top faculty and administrative candidates. I highly recommend Southern Teachers as an essential resource for school leaders around the nation.
Southampton Academy Headmaster
Southern Teachers was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. George checked in regularly to ensure I was continuing to apply and would easily answer any question. I believe I am now teaching exactly where I was meant to teach. I hope to again use ST one day as I transition from instruction to administration. Should anyone ask, I highly recommend Southern Teachers.
Lake Mary, FL
Working with Southern Teachers has been one of the best experiences in my professional life so far. Not only did they help find me great leads to help launch my teaching career, but they also helped support me through it. When I did not get positions I was excited for or confused as to why certain schools passed on me so early in the process I was reminded to keep going and that I just needed to find the right school. By the end of the summer I was hired on at All Saints' Episcopal School in Fort Worth, TX and I am so happy I waited. I love my colleagues and my students and I have Southern Teachers to thank for helping me get here.
Fort Worth, TX
I have had the distinct honor of being represented by Southern Teachers on three occasions. Each one afforded me personal interaction with the Heads of School and the choice of selecting the best community to fit my needs as an educator. Because of the personal attention and professionalism shown during telephone conferences, Skype chats, and the informative job fairs, I was truly given the opportunity to not only interview, but become a member of some of the most esteemed institutions in the South!
Southern Teachers takes the time required to get to know its candidates and to understand the specific needs and dynamics of the schools with which it works. Through many searches and many years, ST's team has been consistently thorough, responsive, candid, and professional.
Athens Academy Director of Academic Affairs
Southern Teachers distinguishes itself by providing hands on assistance with potential candidates freeing up time for the school’s Human Resources person to take care of other tasks. The hiring process is time-intensive and to get an extra pair of hands during this time is wonderful. Someone at ST has personal interaction with the candidate and it shows from the feedback they are able to give the hiring committee.
Seacrest Country Day School Director of Operations and Human Resources
Southern Teachers has been so helpful to Powhatan School and our recruiting process. Since we are located beyond a metropolitan area, getting the word out about the great teaching opportunities at our school is not always easy. Southern Teachers put us in touch with qualified and capable applicants to fill our open positions. Working with them has been easy, which makes what can be an arduous process very manageable.
Powhatan School Head of School
I do appreciate the great work done by Southern Teachers assisting me in my search for the right school. Jamie was so helpful and kept encouraging me at times when I was not hearing anything in regard to the position. It has been a great fit for me and I trust for my new school! I would highly recommend Southern Teachers to anyone seeking a new place of service.
I am so grateful to Southern Teachers. The staff took into consideration all my preferences, and I felt a connection with every school where I interviewed. I was confident my file was going to schools that were a good fit. They made the entire process so easy, given that I only had to do one full application. They also gave tips and advice and had the resources available to post a video resume. I felt I could rely on my representative. She was quick to respond when I contacted her. Now I'm teaching in an amazing school, and I consider myself very fortunate in my placement. Thank you, Southern Teachers!
I have worked with Southern Teachers for many years at different schools across the south. They are distinguished by by a couple of features. One is that they are diligent about getting to know the school, and the other is that they really know their candidates. This means that we are more likely to find a good fit with the candidates who are proposed.
Trinity School of Midland Assistant Head of School for Academics
Southern Teachers has provided us with outstanding candidates for open positions. Each time I have reached out to Southern Teachers, we have hired their candidate. I am exceptionally pleased with our most recent hire. She goes above and beyond for her students. I couldn’t have asked for a better addition to our team.
Oak Ridge, NC
Oak Ridge Military Academy Academic Dean
Trying to land my first teaching job right after graduate school was a huge challenge. The job market for teachers is particularly unforgiving to first-time teachers, and after months and months of trying, it would have been easy to give up. But Southern Teachers Agency never gave up, and they refused to let me either. My placement counselors took the time to get to know me, what I was looking for, and my personal strengths, and they worked tirelessly on my behalf. I’ve worked with other teacher hiring agencies, but Southern Teachers is unique in that they truly personalized my search, cared about my success, and were willing to come together as a team to ensure that I found the right match. They never failed to provide encouragement and guidance when I most needed it. I have Southern Teachers to thank for both my current job and my previous one, and I cannot praise them highly enough for the work they do.
Kayla Michelle Smith
When I returned to the US after years of teaching abroad, I tried to continue my teaching career back home. There seemed to be a lot of obstacles to getting a teaching position. It was going to take time and I was going to have to jump a lot of hurdles. I was substituting, tutoring, but I couldn't get a full-time job. It was disappointing and I was close to giving up on teaching and starting a new career. After reaching out to Southern Teachers, they interviewed me and were confident that they could find a place for me. Within a short time, they found a really good fit that met a school's needs as well as my own! I will always be grateful for the way they were able to take my case, see what I could contribute to a classroom, and find a place for me to be an educator.
Derek J. Whitefield
Oak Ridge, NC
I have worked with Southern Teachers for more than ten years while hiring for two different schools. I can always rely on the staff to know our school well, to screen candidates carefully, and to help us to find the right for our faculty openings. I value highly the personal attention I get from Southern Teachers, and recommend the agency to any school looking to hire top quality teachers.
Christ School Director of Curriculum and Academics
Since graduating from Furman with majors in both Studio Art and English, I have spent fifteen years teaching and leading in independent schools. I did not plan to be a teacher nor did I understand how to explore it as a profession. Fortunately, the Career Services office at Furman connected me Southern Teachers. Southern Teachers specializes in placing aspiring and experienced educators in independent schools that prize academic background and leadership potential more than teacher certification. At our first meeting, ST’s placement officer worked to understand my strengths, interests, and skill sets, and, in the final semester before graduation, shared my resume and credentials with numerous independent schools. Months before graduation I had already committed to my first teaching job.
At each juncture in my career I have reconnected with the placement specialists at Southern Teachers. After several years of teaching experience, I sought their advice when selecting and applying to graduate schools. As my career advanced, I partnered with Southern Teachers for each of my three job searches. Southern Teachers team members listened closely to help me define the goals of each search and counseled me about where, when, and how I ought to pursue my goals. They have connected me with schools whose missions align with my teaching philosophy and coached me through the interview process as it unfolded. Behind the scenes, Southern Teachers advocated for me during the hiring process by communicating regularly with each school and identifying any additional information the school may need. Most recently, Southern Teachers reached out to me when one of my dream schools listed a unique position that intersected with my personal and professional goals. I entered the interview process with confidence because I knew I was being supported by placement specialists who had known me and tracked my growth over thirteen years. As I accepted the position, I was once again reminded of how instrumental Southern Teachers has been in the evolution of my career.
Southern Teachers is unique among teacher agencies in that, much like the faculty and staff at Furman, they commit time and resources to knowing candidates and building partnerships with them. I was fortunate to connect with Southern Teachers at Furman so many years ago, and I look forward to where my partnership with ST may lead in the future.
Among the more challenging elements in the fiery crucible that will determine whether you are a hero or coward as a school head are the manifold complexities of terminating weak teachers, and then attracting, vetting, and retaining great faculty members. Additionally, having the emotional fortitude of taking on the risks of terminating a flawed, yet tenured colleague and then having to deal with the lack of certitude associated with simultaneously dealing with the a recruitment process causes many heads to rationalize the the painful existence of several weak negative and gossipy faculty members rather than roll the dice and hire a candidate who was selected from a stack of applications.
I often refer to Southern Teachers as my "on demand human resource office." The philosophy that drives this organization is predicated on helping an overburdened head in every way possible to make the right match. Unlike most placement agencies, Southern Teachers thoroughly pre-screens recruits and knows the candidates whose file they send to you. When you express interest in any of their candidates, they work to ensure that at every step in the process, you receive solid information and wise advice about candidates whom they know well. The professional fees are a true bargain, since you will know so much about the candidate and be able to make an informed and responsible choice for your students and, ultimately, for your peace of mind.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Head of School
What I value most about working with Southern Teachers is how well they know Foxcroft so when then are referring candidate to use they looking for people who they know will be the right match for our students and our community.
Foxcroft School Academic Dean
Working with Southern Teachers was a fantastic experience. I was privileged to participate in the DC job fair, where, following Southern Teachers advice to chat with all schools looking for a Spanish teacher, I found Seacrest Country Day of sunny Florida which was not even on my map - and it is a match made in heaven!
Southern Teachers made everything easy. One of the key factors of my success with Southern Teachers was working with Liz Savage. This outstanding woman worked really hard for me and helped make things happen, down to counselling me in the final stages of my search. Having such a phenomenal consultant in my corner made me so confident, I loved my almost daily communication with her, and she handled me with patience and caring, what a rock star!!!
I recommend Southern Teachers without hesitation to any job seeker.
I have worked with the consultants of Southern Teachers for over 10 years, and I have come to trust their integrity and depend upon their expertise. Through a thorough vetting process, the Southern Teachers consultants come to know the candidates they serve well. Through their strong partner relationships, Southern Teachers consultants know the schools that they serve just as well.
Southern Teachers is committed to the southern region of the US, so I know we are reviewing candidates who have already expressed a strong interest in living and working in our area. And as we continue to move through the hiring process, I know that Southern Teachers will advise and inform me in order to achieve the best outcome for my school and for their candidates. I recommend Southern Teachers highly!
Sarah L. Cuccio
Virginia Episcopal School Associate Head of School
I would like to recognize Southern Teachers for their commitment to supporting young educators. My advisor, Liz Savage, embodies this, and provided—on a consistent basis—a counsel one does not encounter much in this hyper-competitive world: the notion that my dreams, priorities, and decisions mattered as I looked for a teaching job. I found an excellent school through her efforts and Southern Teachers' reach and, though I am often loathe to compare companies or make any kind of recommendations online, I can say with the utmost confidence that ST provides an exemplary service to those hoping to serve America's youth.
I have always found Southern Teachers to be a great resource for hiring new teachers. They are professional and do a great job of connecting us with candidates that are a great fit not only for the position that we have available, but also for the culture of our school and the surrounding area. I have worked with a number of school search agencies and my experience is that we most often hire Southern Teachers candidates in large part because Southern understands who we are and what we are looking for so well.
Highland School Middle School Director
I’ve worked with Southern Teachers to recruit faculty for Stratford Academy for nearly twenty years, and I’d say ST just gets better and better. I am particularly impressed with the excellent vetting the Southern Teachers folks do for us. I can tell them about the position, about the kind of person I’m looking for, and I can be sure that the resumes that they send are all reasonably good matches for the request I’ve made. If I ask for 25 resumes, I will get 25—not 50 or 150. If I call Southern Teachers to ask more questions about a candidate, I know that I’ll be connected with someone who has spoken with the candidate as well as with his/her references. This summer I lost a biology teacher in June, the day before I was to board a plane for vacation. I called Southern Teachers and explained my dilemma. They had uploaded a list of possible candidates for me within twelve hours. I had an interview scheduled with an exceptional candidate before I returned. We hired that candidate, and he has been an extraordinary addition to my faculty. I can’t say enough about the way Southern Teachers came through for us in the pinch – making additional phone calls to check references, checking in with potential candidates to see whether they would seriously consider relocating to middle Georgia, and calling and emailing me with exceptional efficiency during the intense search. In the end, Southern Teachers led us to an extraordinary teacher, and he is doing an exceptional job for us.
Margaret C. Brogdon
Stratford Academy Upper School Principal
Southern Teachers is the only service we still use because they consistently provide us with a pool of well-vetted, passionate educators to fit our needs. The service is prompt, professional, and reasonably priced, which keeps us coming back every year. I have especially enjoyed the new virtual career fairs, which have allowed for more efficient and thorough vetting in our early rounds of hiring.
Chinquapin Preparatory School Dean of the Upper School
Southern Teachers gets to know schools—the culture, the personalities, the way a faculty works together. They maintain a relationship with schools. So when I review a teacher or administrator candidate from Southern Teachers, I know straight away that the fit between educator and school has been considered meaningfully. Many great educators here at Blue Ridge School were referred through Southern Teachers and I’m grateful for the relationship we have with the good folks at Southern Teachers.
St. George, VA
Blue Ridge School Headmaster
Over the course of my six year teaching and administrative career, Southern Teachers has been the best tool in my job search tool box. Six years ago, just off a student teaching semester in Iowa, at the age of 22, I entrusted Southern Teachers to help me find a job. After I was accepted, I submitted my teaching video and described a life of travel, cultural diversity and desire to teach. Just a few weeks later, a school in Houston, Texas, that fit all of my criteria reached out. After a short interview process, I found a school that allowed autonomy, growth, and stimulation. This school allowed a 22 year old to become their new American History teacher and Athletic Director. Without Southern Teachers, I would never have heard of this opportunity.
Four years later, I reached out again when I was ready for a change and a new opportunity. This time, I described my desire for a bigger school, more responsibility, and a school that valued athletics. That's when a school from Asheville, North Carolina, contacted me. I was blown away that a school of that stature was interested in a 26 year old Athletic Director to lead a prominent and historic Athletic Department. At the moment, I am in my second year with that school and I can honestly say without the help of my Southern Teachers placement officer and Carey Goodman, I would NOT be where I am today. Southern Teachers has helped steer my life in such a positive direction; you had better believe the next time I look for a new job, they will be my first call.
Southern Teachers in the absolute best in the business! From personal experience, I know that the staff at Southern Teachers do everything in their power to help you accomplish your professional goals. If you are new to the education market or simply looking for a change of scenery, Carey, Jamie, and the rest of the staff at Southern Teachers will work tirelessly on your behalf. I could never thank you enough, not only for finding the perfect educational fit for me and my family, but more importantly, for the care and concern that you have always shown for me. As a result, I will always use Southern Teachers for my educational job searches.
Southern Teachers' human touch is one of the main reasons for my current success. Southern Teachers and my placement counselor George were approachable, warm, and involved in my search. The high quality effort put into my candidacy coupled with enthusiasm and frequent support made a noticeable impact on finding a position I love. Southern Teachers' one-on-one attention makes a big difference: from creating my profile, evaluating opportunities, and even phone conversations during on-campus interviews to talk through my thoughts during the process. I'm overjoyed at the teaching position I found with their help, and I don't think I would have been as successful without them.
With the help of Southern Teachers, I was able to find employment opportunities before graduation and without a teaching degree! Not only did my job counselor, George Andrews, help me find a job right out of college, but he continued to assist me find another job as I moved to a more permanent place. Southern Teachers—thank you for helping me find where I belong and supporting me as I develop my passion for teaching!
My experience with Southern Teachers has been overwhelmingly positive. After graduate school, I was lost. It was mid-July and I was still without a job. After only a week under the guidance of Lorri Freitas, I landed my first job. She not only connected me with my first job, but every subsequent job after that, and more importantly, she provided—and still provides—salient guidance and wisdom along the way. Additionally, the personal and professional network I’ve accessed through SouthernTeachers has helped guide me to Virginia, Tennessee, and even California, all places I would not have experienced otherwise.
Thank you, Southern Teachers, for providing an irreplaceable support system!
Palm Desert, CA
Jamie Estes and Carey Goodman were wonderful advocates when I decided to seek out possibilities for a new position. From the first time I talked with Southern Teachers and met with Jamie and Carey in the summer of 2014 until my placement in June of 2015, their services were thorough and invaluable. Since that time, Southern Teachers’ support has continued, and its advocacy has extended far beyond the original placement. Southern Teachers’ resources have been a powerful tool in adapting to a new school.
Hickory Day School Head of School
We have worked with Southern Teachers for many years, and I have been impressed with their thoroughness. This is a great resource for finding quality teachers.
Fishburne Military School Headmaster
What has impressed me most about everyone I’ve worked with at Southern Teachers—from Carey on down—has been the time they take to genuinely listen. That was true when I was searching, and it’s true whenever I’m looking for candidates.
St. John’s Episcopal School Head of School
Our first year working with Southern Teachers has been outstanding. The placement team is responsive and communicative, and they are committed to assisting us by sending us candidate profiles that fit well with our needs and our school’s mission and philosophy. I look forward to a continued relationship with Southern Teachers.
St. John's College High School Principal
The summer before starting in my new role as division head I called Southern Teachers and Carey Goodman. I knew that the role would require a substantial plan for recruiting, hiring and developing the next generation of teachers at my school. Carey Goodman, Craig Jones and the Southern Teachers family immediately began working with me and my school on an individual level. They visited us to ensure they had a strong understanding of our school culture. When openings developed, they delivered strong candidate lists that took into consideration our unique mission. At Southern Teachers fairs, I feel like part of the family as they have developed a keen eye for candidates that would fit and personally introduce me to candidates. There is no meat market feel at all. Instead it is relationships first, relationships foremost at Southern Teachers. Moreover, I know that they will never accept a fee if they know in their heart the match will not be successful. In a tough market, they have the utmost integrity.
Thanks for the way you have worked with us.
Michael J. Zavada
Trinity Presbyterian School Middle and Upper School Principal
Southern Teachers has been a great long-term partner in our hiring. You and your staff have taken the time to know our school and its culture, and while that takes time and effort, building that relationship has allowed you to send better candidates to us.
Porter-Gaud School Head of School
My experience with Southern Teachers was, in short, excellent. I worked with Adam Peichert, and was extremely impressed with the support I received from him, and greatly appreciative of it. Adam was very responsive. When I had questions or was looking to discuss the way ahead, it was clear that he worked very hard to make himself available to me. He returned emails and phone messages very promptly. While I am certain that he was busy supporting many candidates, he was always very gracious about giving me his full attention. That sort of support was huge to me. In addition, I appreciate his advice and insights regarding navigating the process. Bottom line: it was wonderful to work with such great professionals, and I benefited greatly from Southern Teachers' supportive approach and expertise. I feel very fortunate to have worked with you all.
I have always enjoyed working with Southern Teachers because you took the time to get the know and understand our school and the specific needs we had, and therefore, you always brought candidates that were vetted and appropriate for us. Getting lots of candidates isn’t helpful unless they also will be a “fit” if selected, and your lists were always filled with potential great fits. It has become even better over recent years as resumes, transcripts, and recommendations are supplemented by more interview notes and video.
St. John's Episcopal School Head of School
At Stratford Academy, we have used Southern Teachers in our recruiting for more than a decade, with great results. Many of our finest current teachers came to us initially through ST. And my personal experience with Southern Teachers goes back even further—I've worked with them at two other schools going back to 1990.
Their candidate pool is excellent—they are well-screened, and the counselors know the candidates well, so that they can give us, as a school, some solid recommendations as to finding a good "fit". Most importantly, ST's candidate pool as a group is predisposed toward working in the Southeast, so that we usually do not end up trying to recruit against schools from New England or the Far West when we find a candidate we like.
Finally, follow up is great. Southern Teachers stands behind their work. In the rare case where a candidate has not worked out for us, the folks at ST actively work with us to quickly find a suitable replacement—and I have found this to be also true when we've lost one of our current teachers on short notice and need quick action to bring in a new teacher.
Stratford Academy Head of School
FPD is indebted to Southern Teachers for your assistance over the years in helping us locate and recruit top quality teachers. I’ve greatly appreciated your work in understanding our school culture and your help in introducing our administrators to teachers who will thrive in our classrooms. When we have a need, we’ve learned Southern Teachers is who we call.
First Presbyterian Day School Headmaster
Southern Teachers is my first contact when hiring. Over the years Southern Teachers has found talented and mission-centric teachers who continue to add to the excellence of our school community. When we have seemingly impossible academic and coaching needs Southern Teachers has provided.
James E. Taylor, Ed.D.
Calvary Day School Head of School
I am ever grateful for the help Southern Teachers has provided Foxcroft as we search for outstanding teachers who also love working with high school students. Southern Teachers takes the time to understand our school's mission, ethos and strategic goals, and provides personalized support to make a good match for the teacher candidate and for Foxcroft.
Foxcroft School Head of School
I have always found the Southern Teachers to be very responsive to my needs, and the needs of Chatham Hall, as I move through the hiring process each year. The consultants are easy to get hold of and when I post a position, it is not unusual to receive a phone call shortly thereafter to talk specifics. Southern Teachers make it their business to get to know the schools whom they are helping through the process. We have hired many teachers through Southern Teachers, and have never been disappointed. The agency has also been very helpful with last minute hiring situations.
Chatham Hall Academic Dean
Bodine is a school for dyslexic students, which means we need teachers with special talents. I have been pleased with Southern Teachers’ efforts to provide us with candidates who meet the special qualifications that we seek and not to drown us in unproductive files. Moreover, Craig Jones went a step further: not only did he refer a good group of candidates, but he identified the single individual who best met our needs. And she now teaches our wonderful first graders.
The Bodine School Head of School
One of the services that Southern Teachers does well is to get to know the school they represent. Over the years I have hired many people, but the critical thing that Southern Teachers does is assign a counselor to each candidate and do prescreening. They know the school and they get to know the candidates to see if they are a good fit ahead of time. That type of service saves a lot of time in the culling-through process. The other added bonus is the relationship built between Southern Teachers’ consultant staff member and the school. They become a colleague because they know schooling and administration. I highly recommend ST.
Lexington Christian Academy Head of School
We appreciate the close personal connection that Southern Teachers has with their candidates and with our school. On several occasions, we’ve been able to contact our friends in Charlottesville (or they have proactively reached out to us) with the perfect fit for one of our openings. Over the many years of working together, I have come to trust that the Southern Teachers knows our school, our culture and can help us advance our mission with the very best faculty hires. In our totally wired world, it’s nice to be able to count on a personal relationship with a company that will invest the time and resources to ensure that others are successful.
Boys' Latin School Headmaster
I have had the opportunity to work closely with Carey, Jamie, and the Southern Teachers staff both as a head of school candidate and as an employer seeking teaching and administrative hires. As a candidate I felt heard, and Carey's staff supported me and informed me throughout the search as would a good friend or mentor. It was clear that while Southern Teachers may have been contractually connected to a school, my best interests as a candidate were equally important.
As a head of school, I always seek out the assistance of Southern Teachers when engaging in a search because of the personal attention we receive and the quality of candidates that come our way. Carey and his staff take the time to get to know each school with which they work in a way that helps ensure the "good fit" that we all seek for incoming faculty and administrators. Most recently, we hired a Southern Teachers candidate as our upper school head and early returns indicate that we made a great choice thanks to the guidance and expertise found at ST.
Augusta Preparatory Day School Head of School
Southern Teachers is one of the easiest placement organizations I have worked with. You and your staff are accessible, supportive, and sustain a high level of engagement and service with regard to providing me candidates to look at. Your web portal is easy to navigate, simplifying my process for reviewing candidates, and the video introductions of candidates is a real plus.
St. Mark's Episcopal School Headmaster
I consider Southern Teachers one of Gaston Day School's most trusted and valuable friends and partners. The agency has consistently provided us with good teachers over my last 16 years here as head of school. On rare occasions, a candidate that we have selected from Southern Teachers has not worked out. But that is often in a highly competitive discipline, and our choice has as much to do with a limited talent pool as it does with Southern Teachers doing anything wrong. Overwhelmingly, Southern Teachers supplies Gaston Day with great teachers. It should be tremendously satisfying to Carey and his team to realize that Gaston Day School's success is partly their success. As I think about all the graduates from independent schools across the South who have been taught by great teacher who came from Southern Teachers, I am convinced that ST is fulfilling an extraordinarily valuable role in the region's education and future.
Gaston Day School Head of School
What has impressed us most about Southern Teachers has been the depth in which they know their candidates and the depth in which they know our school. We all know how important finding the right “match” is in our hiring and Southern Teachers gets it. They spend the time to understand the needs for each opening and work hard to find us those candidates who are the best fit. I am always impressed by the quality and quantity of candidates in their pool. They have certainly attracted a national audience.
St. Paul's School for Boys Head of School
Southern Teachers provides a great avenue for me to easily view candidates’ qualifications. The platform they use to provide us with resumes, recommendation letters, and video previews are a tremendous help. When I need a position filled, I always reach to Southern Teachers first.
Johns Island, SC
Charleston Collegiate School Faculty Recruitment Coordinator
It has been a pleasure to work with Southern Teachers, which we have done for many years now. They know Saint James very well, visit campus regularly and stay in good touch with our Associate Head and with me as headmaster. As a result, they present us honestly to their candidates and promote us with enthusiasm. They also do a particularly good job preparing their candidates for the interview process, get to know them more substantially than is typical for placement agencies, and present them honestly to us. Finally, their candidates have been well placed with us: they have been happy here and have done, and are doing, very good work.
Rev. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan
Saint James School Headmaster
We are very pleased with the quality of candidates that Southern Teachers has provided. The folks we have hired from Southern Teachers have proven to not only be wonderful classroom teachers, advisors, and colleagues, but also are invested in the Wakefield School community and its success. Carey Goodman and his staff are responsive and flexible. We will continue to rely on Southern Teachers for many of our staffing needs."
The Plains, VA
Wakefield School Executive Assistant to Headmaster
Finding, hiring and retaining excellent faculty is one of the most difficult and critical aspects of my job. Each time I begin the process, Southern Teachers is the first place I go to chart the course. I know each candidate has been through a thorough screening process, helping me identify a teacher with both great content knowledge and a desire to join our community. Finding the "right fit" for ESA faculty is essential for our small school, and Southern Teachers plays a big part in facilitating that match.
Episcopal School of Acadiana Upper School Head
I have worked with Southern Teachers for more than fifteen years. I view our relationship as a partnership. In fact, Carey travelled to our (very rural) campus in order to get a personal taste of life at Oak Hill Academy, helping secure for us the best possible placements for our school. During the hiring process, our location and considerable mission mandate careful consideration from all parties. In so many ways, the assistance of Southern Teachers has proven to be timely and helpful to me and our school.
Michael D. Groves, Ph.D.
Mouth of Wilson, VA
Oak Hill Academy President
Wilson Hall has been pleased to have partnered with Southern Teachers for decades. When I search for an employee with specific talents, Southern Teachers is always my first choice. I have yet to interview a candidate that wasn't very qualified and fully vetted by their staff. Trained company employees offer candid opinions in an effort to ensure that any placement is a victory for everyone involved. Southern Teachers is also unique in that they know their educational clientele. The company invests in your school and becomes your partner in helping ensure the success of your newest employee.
Frederick B. Moulton
Wilson Hall Headmaster
Southern Teachers is always my first call when I have an opening. Even if I don't wind up hiring one of their candidates, I am always impressed with the diversity and quality of the resumes I receive from them. The Southern Teachers team is always attentive and works hard to understand the unique needs of each client school.
Carlisle School Head of School
In a time when online placement services and mega-agencies seem to be the norm, Southern Teachers has found a sweet spot in terms of volume and service. Southern Teachers has provided Deerfield-Windsor School numerous quality teachers and administrators. They have absolutely shone for us when we were in a pinch because of a late opening, not only responding promptly and personally, but by gauging candidates’ interest in our position, thereby saving us time and wasted effort. Southern Teachers is still interested in the right “fit”, thereby increasing the chances of a longer and more successful relationship.
David L. Davies
Deerfield-Windsor School Headmaster
I have worked with Southern Teachers over the past 13 years at Collegiate School in Richmond and here at Wakefield School in The Plains. Over these years, I have come to rely on Southern Teachers as my go-to source of qualified candidates both for teaching and administrative staff. Southern Teachers makes the effort to actually match teachers with specific schools rather than just throwing resumes at us to figure out on our own. Their staff curates the hiring process and helps us find good matches. To put it simply, Southern Teachers knows our school and sends me qualified candidates who are interested in working at my school.
The Plains, VA
Wakefield School Headmaster
Having worked with Southern Teachers as a candidate myself, and also as a head at two quite different schools seeking to add great colleagues, I can speak with confidence about the Southern Teachers difference. Carey and the team take the time to know the candidates that they represent and also the schools at which they place them. This enhances the chances of a good fit and repeat business from schools. Size matters, and Southern Teachers is small enough to be nimble and intimate, yet large enough to provide candidates with a good range of options.
Calverton School Head of School
I have deeply appreciated the personal attention provided by Southern Teachers. The individuals who work at Southern Teachers take the time to learn about the schools and the candidates they represent, and they take the time to check in with the school over the course of a search. I have appreciated the responsiveness to questions that I have had as well as the proactive check-ins from the staff without my even having to reach out. As a result of the hard work by Southern Teachers, we have been very successful in finding several teachers and administrators through this company in past years. We thoroughly enjoy our relationship with this company and its dedicated staff!
Montgomery Academy Associate Head of School
I have been Head of School at two independent schools over the past sixteen years, with nearly thirty years as an independent school educator. We have used Southern Teachers for the past decade or more and I’ve been very pleased. They have consistently displayed the utmost professionalism, clear and prompt communication, and have provided viable candidates for our openings.
Over the years we have hired a number of ST candidates and have always been satisfied. Southern Teachers truly seeks to learn precisely what our needs are, the mission and vision of the school, and then recommend candidates who might be mission-appropriate fits. They maintain close contact throughout the process, providing assistance in every way they can. Never have I found any pressure from them to interview or hire their candidates, as they establish partnerships with their schools so that independent schools can thrive and grow, regardless of whom we might hire. Southern Teachers staff are consistently cordial, exceedingly efficient, and experienced independent school educators. I have used four or five different independent school firms over the past three decades as both a job candidate and as an administrator, but Southern Teachers is the only one I currently use as I have found them most consistently reliable and effective. I enthusiastically endorse them.
Caldwell Academy Head of School
Southern Teachers is always my first call when I need a national search. Southern Teachers personifies care and attention to detail; they understand relationships take time to cultivate. A lifelong partnership with your school is the end goal, not simply a commission.
Peachtree Corners, GA
Cornerstone Christian Academy Headmaster
Southern Teachers made finding a teaching job simple, but direct. Even as a fresh college graduate, I was treated with respect and professionalism to find the right fit for myself, and quickly. I am still at the school they paired me with and love it! I feel like Southern Teachers not only paired me with a school that fit my requirements and preferences, but made sure I fit the schools so we'd get along great. Absolutely recommend!
The team at Southern Teachers is a powerful resource for great schools and for the people who serve great schools. I have worked with the Southern Teachers team as a candidate and as someone who hires teachers and senior administrators. ST’s team digs deep and gets to know their partner schools—their unique qualities, their special needs, their challenges and opportunities—and they truly know and value each of their candidates. They are excellent matchmakers and great advocates. They are especially good at coaching candidates, helping them to shine, and they are truth tellers—they care enough to give constructive critical feedback.
An added bonus: Carey Goodman takes a personal interest in the ongoing success of the people Southern Teachers places in schools. As mentioned, I have been a Southern Teachers candidate and ST helped me become a Head of School. Carey goes out of his way to check in with me and with my Board Chair to see how things are going, to help, to be a sounding board, and he follows up with me on a regular basis regarding the teachers and administrators ST has helped me hire. In short, Southern Teachers is a partner—a partner to me, a partner to my school. Their commitment goes far beyond the fees they earn. That is rare in this world, and Southern Teachers is a rare and special find for schools who value great relationships.
Kenston Forest School Head of School
We have found Southern Teachers to be a very helpful resource when recruiting new faculty and administrators. Reliable information about candidates, responsiveness, professionalism, and personal attention are all part of the Southern Teachers way. Often independent schools emphasize the importance of scale in education with small class size and low student to teacher ratio as reasons for their success. In my experience Southern Teachers, with its small size and more personalized attention, embraces this philosophy of scale and is a leader among placement agencies for independent schools.
Fuqua School Head of School
Carey, Craig, and the STA Team have been a delight to work with. They have helped us locate top quality candidates for key faculty openings at our school. We appreciate how quickly job listings are posted on the STA site, as well as continued communication from the team during our search process.
The First Academy Human Resources Specialist
When my husband got a job in North Carolina (also thanks to Southern Teachers), our placement counselor, George Andrews, worked above and beyond to find schools in the surrounding area with openings for me as well. Because of the connections built between Southern Teachers and their schools, I was able to apply for positions I would've never heard about otherwise. My placement counselor worked hard to find job openings, get in touch with schools, and check in with me to see how the process was going. Thanks to ST's recommendation that I record a video resume, I got hired, and with very little stress on my part! I can't imagine going through the job search process without the work of the Southern Teachers!
Oak Ridge, NC
George Andrews and Southern Teachers were absolutely essential to my hiring here at Christchurch School. I love my life and position here and wouldn't be here without your help. I would recommend Southern Teachers to anyone. Thanks for everything.
I have worked with Southern Teachers on numerous occasions both as a candidate and as an employer. They are prompt, professional, thorough, and care deeply about the success of their client schools and candidates. Carey Goodman keeps his finger on the pulse of current trends and combines this with a phenomenal historical knowledge of independent education. This combination allows him to keep Southern Teachers at the forefront of meeting the needs of schools and educators in the independent school world.
From the moment I launched my search to signing the contract, Southern Teachers always treated me like an individual. My placement counselors were excellent not only at advocating for me, but also creating opportunities that were tailored to my interests. They embrace and hold true to the integrity inherent in such an important decision as joining an independent school community. If you are an aspiring Head of School or someone joining the profession for the first time, you will be well served by embarking on that journey with Southern Teachers.
I took a chance on starting a job search very last minute at end of last school year and beginning of summer, at a time when no one was likely hiring, and I got very lucky and landed in the job of my dreams! I had contacted Adam Peichert (I taught him back in the day at St. Paul's and we have worked together in recent years as I was Dept. Chair in my old school and we worked on searches together) and let him know I was looking but didn't feel it was likely to find anything in June for September.
As it turns out, Adam was on the job, he connected me with a newly posted opening, went to bat for me, and here I am at Gilman School!! It is a great match and I am very grateful.
My experience with Southern Teachers could not have been any smoother. Jamie really took the time to get to know me and to find out exactly what I was looking for. Southern Teachers only sent my information to schools they felt were a match on both ends. Any time an opportunity opened, I was able to have an actual conversation about the school and job before I applied. I am now at my dream school in my dream job all thanks to Southern Teachers.
Southern Teachers worked really well for me. I worked with two placement agencies and the service at Southern Teachers was vastly superior. My counselor stayed in regular contact with me and helped me find a great job at Norfolk Academy.
Southern Teachers is the main reason I'm currently employed—at the school of my dreams, no less! It was a very easy process, and my counselor walked me through everything I would need to get the work I want. She was my advisor and advocate, and I'd still be living at my parents' house without her.
I highly recommend Southern Teachers to fellow teachers that are looking for a job in the world of independent schools. Southern Teachers opened me to a world of possibilities that I would never have been able to find on my own. Through their hard work, and diligence, I was able to land my dream teaching job. Overall, I cannot say enough good things to say about ST. It is not an exaggeration to say that they changed my life!
I have always enjoyed working with Southern Teachers. In our school, as in most, the person responsible for faculty recruitment wears many hats. Southern Teachers send us the only the potential candidates interested in our school and therefore saves us much, much time. But more than that, the placement officers are very honest and thorough; they know their candidates and are willing to answer any questions we might have about a candidate.
St. Margaret’s Head of School
I have always been impressed by the level of personal service that Southern Teachers provides for each position we list. They take time to understand our needs and to provide a thoughtful and focused group of pre-screened candidates whom they have met, feel have the potential to make a true match, and have a true interest in our school. Working with Southern Teachers saves our administrative team valuable time; we have made some incredible hires whom we never would have discovered otherwise.
The Country School Headmaster