Founded in 1902, Southern Teachers is the oldest teacher agency in America.

The history of teacher agencies in America is surprisingly interesting.  The first agency was established in Boston in 1846.  By the end of the nineteenth century there were dozens around the country.  In the first three decades of the 20th century, the growing ubiquity of compulsory public education produced hundreds of placement firms.  Among the leaders was Southern Teachers Agency, originally located in Columbia, SC.

William Jones, Southern Teachers’ founder, was instrumental in assembling a regional association of southern agencies and then the National Association of Teachers' Agencies in 1915.  With the help of his nephew, Henry Forbes, Southern Teachers expanded to include branch offices in Chattanooga, Richmond, Memphis, and Louisville.


The Great Depression took a heavy toll on the teacher-placement industry, but Southern Teachers survived.  In particular, the Richmond office enjoyed many years led by Susan Forbes Guess (Henry’s daughter) and her husband, Doug.  When Mr. Guess died, Bob and Virginia Goodman, both career educators, bought the agency in 1981.  Their son Carey assumed leadership in 1997 and moved the office to its current location in Charlottesville in 2000.

Over five generations in two families, Southern Teachers has proudly served schools and educators.  Though we've made changes in operations, we’ve diligently preserved the personal service that has always defined Southern Teachers.

We provide a free service to candidates seeking jobs in private/independent schools. We’re the only agency dedicated to work in the South, and we’ve placed far more teachers in our region than any other service. Interested in joining our team? Visit our Careers page.

Latest News

  • Welcoming Warren Gould

    Warren's 35-year career in education has included service as a teacher, dean, college advisor, academic affairs director, and division director at independent schools in several Southern states. Most recently he was the founding Upper School Director at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. We are honored that he now brings his knowledge and proven understanding of schools' needs as our North & South Carolina Consultant.

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  • Welcome to Dr. Tim Green

    A Certified Master Athletic Administrator, Tim joins our team after nearly two decades at Kentucky Country Day School and prior stints at Porter-Gaud and Darlington School. With his well-known success in developing athletics programs at independent schools, Tim brings a unique skill set to his work as Athletics Consultant. He conducts our new Athletic Director mentoring program and advises in Athletics Administration searches.

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  • Welcome to Kirk McClintock

    Throughout her nearly 15 years at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee, Kirk invested deeply in her school community, first as a teacher and then as a key staff member in admissions, advancement, and communications. Her priorities are family and education, and her positive energy is contagious. She brings a wealth of experience and joy to her new role as ST's Consultant to schools in Georgia and the MidSouth States.

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  • Job Fairs in 2022

    Southern Teachers will hold our Atlanta Job Fair in 2022.

    Saturday, February 5

    All active Southern Teachers candidates are eligible and encouraged to participate!

    Registration is not yet open.

    Proof of full vaccination will be required for participation.

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  • ST Leadership Study

    In our groundbreaking Leadership Study based on assessments of almost 250 sitting heads of school, you'll read about the specific personality traits that distinguish independent school leaders.  Nine reports published serially this fall on topics such as Ambition, Learning Approaches, and Interpersonal Sensitivity.  Does your personality predict your performance?

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  • 2022 Student Art Contest Coming Soon!

    Our 13th Annual Student Art Contest will begin accepting submissions on October 31.  Students at member school in grades 8-12 are eligible to participate. One art teacher from each member school should register to coordinate submissions.

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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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