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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  • Thanks again for putting on a class event. Your Atlanta Job fair is one of the highlights of the year for me. I once again came away energized and excited about the future of our school and the entire profession. Keep up the good work!

    Jay SpencerMontgomery, AL

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  • I want to formally extend my appreciation for you efforts at your Atlanta Job Fair. This was truly a worthwhile experience. Thanks again for all your hard work, dedication, and personalized efforts in ensuring that each candidate is afforded an equal opportunity.

    Jenoy MerchantAsheville, NC

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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 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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Latest News

  • Careers at Southern Teachers

    Are you interested in helping teachers find great jobs? Southern Teachers is currently accepting applications for an additional placement counselor in our office in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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  • 2018 Student Art Contest

    Southern Teachers works with the best schools in the South. We want you to see what they look like! Enter Southern Teachers Student Art Contest and your school could appear in our 2018-2019 Calendar. The deadline is March 31, 2018. We can't wait to see what you submit! Click Read More to see rules and previous winners.  

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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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