Southern Teachers is the premier placement service for private school teacher jobs 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 isn’t just test scores and college acceptances; it’s also the unique way teachers maximize the potential of their students.

Independent schools have small 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.

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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 of private school teacher jobs 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 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

  • Atlanta Job Fair!

    Registration for Best of the South, our Atlanta Job Fair, will open November 1 for schools and candidates. Our fair on February 3, Super Bowl Saturday, will be a terrific way to find a private school teaching job. This annual event typically draws 125-200 teacher candidates and 50-60 schools from DC to Florida to Texas.

    This teacher job fair is only open to active Southern Teachers candidates. Free admission. All majors and degrees sought. Apply today to become a Southern Teachers candidate! 

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  • Spotlight Job—Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

    Southern Teachers is assisting Cary Academy in its search for a new Director of Admissions & Financial Aid to begin work next summer after the current Director retires.  The new Director of Admissions will lead a team of four professionals who have helped the Cary Academy become the most diverse independent school in North Carolina and develop a highly successful parent and student ambassador program.  With full enrollment, a wonderful reputation in the community, and outstanding student success in and beyond Cary Academy, the next Director of Admissions & Financial Aid will be stepping into a high functioning office with clear goals for the future.

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  • College Visits

    We're headed to a college near you! Southern Teachers recruiters are traveling to career fairs, information sessions, and interview days throughout the fall. We would like to meet you! If you're a student interested in teaching, be sure to attend and find us under the elephant! 

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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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