Elementary school is where it all begins. We’d love to help you start or continue your elementary teaching career.

Teaching Elementary Grades

Have you wanted to be an elementary school teacher your whole life? Do you want to inspire, nurture, and support the youngest learners? Elementary teachers need to be patient, creative, organized, collaborative, and have a good sense of humor.

Elementary teachers don't just teach math and reading, but other skills for success—notably social and emotional skills. Elementary teachers have to motivate the most hesitant learners while teaching how to communicate, problem solve, deal with frustration and set goals. If this describes you, Southern Teachers can help you find a great teaching job.

Teaching Elementary School at an Independent School

In a private/independent school, elementary teachers enjoy small class sizes conducive for differentiated instruction, allowing you to give students the individual attention that they deserve.

Teachers can truly get to know all of their students as well as others throughout the school community. The community is what private schools are all about. Teachers find that the focus is not on standardized testing, but instead curricular innovation, collaboration, and nurturing a love of learning in young students. 

Elementary Teacher Requirements

Private/independent schools are always looking for strong, nurturing elementary teaching candidates. Teacher certification is usually required.

ST can help elementary candidates who have: 

• Degree(s) in Education, Elementary Education, or Early Childhood Education

• Very strong professional recommendations

• Enthusiasm for teaching in an independent, private, day or boarding college-prep school

• Often at least two or three years of full-time classroom experience

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


Latest News

  • Job Fairs in 2021

    Southern Teachers will hold two Virtual Job Fairs in 2021.

    Friday, February 5

    Friday, April 16

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

    Registration is now open!


  • 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?


  • 2021 Student Art Contest Coming Soon!

    Our 12th Annual Student Art Contest will begin accepting submissions on November 1.  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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