St. Mary's Episcopal School
Memphis, TN
Grades PK2 - 12 with students

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St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee, seeks a dynamic and innovative Head of Early Childhood at one of the nation’s finest college preparatory girls’ schools. St. Mary’s offers an exceptional program that combines the best of tradition and innovation. The Head of the Early Childhood Center is responsible for the management and overall effectiveness of the Marlene R. Shaw Early Childhood Center, which serves girls ages two years old through Senior Kindergarten. Reporting directly to the Associate Head of School, he or she also serves as a member of the administrative team.
The Head of Early Childhood will ensure the care and quality of education for our youngest students and their teachers; guide students, parents, faculty, and staff; and oversee the development of the Reggio-inspired early childhood curriculum. He or she will spearhead all internal and external communications and meetings for ECC students, parents, and faculty and participate in a variety of school-wide community functions. Critical to a St. Mary’s education is the Early Childhood Center Head’s ability to keep our girls in health of mind and soul and body through our exceptional character development program in an academically challenging environment.
Opportunities for the next Head of the Early Childhood Center:
  • Serve as a senior-level administrator on a talented leadership team that plans strategically for the entire school.
  • Lead a talented ECC faculty that functions collaboratively through a team structure that is student-focused.
  • Lead a community that encourages wellness and creativity.
  • Build upon a strong foundation of academic excellence and best teaching practices with innovative new programs while balancing demands and expectations of resources and time for faculty and students.
  • Review staffing, evaluations, and responsibilities of ECC faculty.
  • Support the school in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative.
  • Partner with the admissions team.
  • Holds a Masters degree or higher in Education, Counseling, or related field.
  • Knowledgeable about curriculum, best teaching practices, and innovative trends in early childhood education.
  • Experienced in the classroom at the elementary/early childhood level, 7+ years of teaching experience preferred.
  • Experienced in recruiting, hiring, mentoring, supervising, and evaluating talented faculty.
  • Trained in the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children and able to apply that understanding in the creation and oversight of curriculum and programs.
  • Experienced in the education of both parents and children.
  • Approachable, warm, joyful.
  • Visible communicator who can articulate the school’s mission and program with passion and enthusiasm in large groups and one-on-one.
  • Possesses a growth mindset with samples of original programming and community involvement.
  • Balances innovation and tradition.
Early Childhood Center Curriculum
Ours is an emergent curriculum that is led by the interests of the students. Integrated into daily lessons and projects, our girls learn to build upon their natural sense of wonder, investigate the world around them, explore new concepts and ideas, engage in meaningful play, learn to cooperate in a group, practice communicating effectively with others, and to develop a sense of autonomy.  A great emphasis is placed on the development of all areas of literacy: written language, spoken language, and listening. Focusing on beginning writing and reading readiness skills, we introduce our girls to a wealth of literature and give them opportunities to engage in the creative process of telling their own stories.  Our math program is a developmental program that encourages an interest in mathematical concepts. Basic concepts are introduced and taught through interactive experiences that emphasize the use of mathematics every day. This "hands-on" approach to math has proven to be both effective and enjoyable.  Technology is integrated into and supports every aspect of our program in a meaningful and appropriate way. Our program is enhanced by special subject areas that include Spanish, Physical Education, Creative Movement, Music, Art, Science, Religion, and Library.
In keeping with our Episcopal identity, St. Mary’s supports a culturally responsive campus where we believe that the students who learn in our classrooms enrich the community with their cultures and backgrounds. Our faculty and staff are committed to knowing our students well, integrating diverse work and study practices, understanding student learning needs and styles, and empowering students to share their stories.
The mission of St. Mary’s Episcopal School is to provide a superior educational experience for girls which will encourage and enable each student to reach her individual potential.
The School
St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee, is an independent college-preparatory school for girls two-years-old through grade 12. At St. Mary's, we prepare our students in a vibrant learning community that balances core knowledge and transformative innovation. St. Mary's equips each girl to be collaborative, creative, and courageous so that she will seize the opportunities in the changing world and thrive in her generation. St. Mary's is committed to academic excellence, offering a classic liberal arts curriculum in conjunction with strong science and math programs. Students also enjoy a thriving performing and fine arts program, work with the latest technology, and participate in a multitude of extracurricular activities and community service. For more than 170 years, St. Mary's has been helping girls develop their minds, character, and spirit.  St. Mary's is an independent Episcopal School; although not governed by the Church of the Holy Communion or the Diocese of West Tennessee, we benefit from a close partnership. St. Mary's board-approved statement on Episcopal identity guides the school and board in policy-setting and decision-making. The policy of need-blind admissions, provisions of financial aid to students in need, and a commitment to diversity exist in all aspects of the school.
Our Episcopal Identity
St. Mary's seeks to express the Christian faith in the Episcopal tradition, providing a uniquely expansive environment in which Christians and non-Christians can affirm together God, who transcends all creeds and religions. Being strong and comfortable in one's faith, while being knowledgeable and respectful of the faith of others, may be more important today than ever.  St. Mary's helps students to delve more deeply into the Christian faith in a way that simultaneously deepens one's knowledge and love of Jesus while expanding one's appreciation of the ways in which God finds expression in the faith traditions of non-Christians. In such an environment, Christians and non-Christians are encouraged to find God at work in each other and to find truth in places they might otherwise not have looked.  The Middle and Upper School community gathers daily in the Church of the Holy Communion for worship according to the Book of Common Prayer, while the younger students attend regular chapel services that are age-appropriate. St. Mary's seeks to be an Episcopal School where love and respect for others are demonstrated through respectful behavior and service-learning. In such a community, acts of kindness are encouraged and community service is expected.  Such depth of personal commitment and expansiveness of spirit cannot be learned from books alone. Instead, these are things one learns from living, working, and worshiping in a community of faith and service. At its best, this is the kind of community St.
Mary's seeks to be.  As a school located in the heart of Memphis, we value our differences as much as our similarities. We honor the individual that lives inside each girl and help her learn how to recognize and develop her own unique abilities.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
St. Mary’s Episcopal School is committed to creating, maintaining, and nurturing a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Students, families, alumnae, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences collaborate in the often challenging and courageous work of understanding and respecting each other. Our diverse school community not only furthers the goals of an excellent education, but it creates an environment essential to the development of respect, responsibility, empathy, and unity.  To ensure that we pursue this goal, the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of the Board of Trustees was created in 2018. Task Force members include Board members, faculty, parents, and administrators. The group facilitates conversations and initiatives around the areas of community, curriculum, and faculty recruitment and retention.
Non-Discriminatory  Statement: St. Mary’s does not discriminate in its hiring on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political opinion, marital status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable state and federal law.

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