PE teachers educate the whole child. They appreciate that kids need hands-on, kinesthetic experiences to help them grow and develop.

Teaching Physical Education

Do you value physical fitness and health? Would you like to have an impact on students’ social and educational development? Then you should teach PE! Teaching students both the enjoyment and the benefits of being physically active is something that can change their lives forever. Students learn imperative life skills in PE class such as teamwork, goal setting, self-discipline, and self-care.

PE also tends to be many students’ favorite subject, a class that they look forward to and get to be themselves in. PE teachers are often a very prominent and memorable figure in schools because they interact with so many grade levels and faculty.

Teaching Physical Education at an Independent School

In a private/independent school, Physical Education 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. Physical Education and Health teachers find independent schools can be a great place to develop school-wide events, inspire students, and promote healthy lifestyles.

P.E. Teacher Requirements

Private/independent schools are always looking for highly qualified Physical Education teaching candidates. Teacher certification is often, though not always, required.

ST can help Physical Education and Health candidates who have: 

• Degree(s) in Physical Education, Health Education, Exercise and Sports Science, or a related field.

• Strong professional recommendations

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

• Additional experiences to bring to an independent school community, such as coaching, teaching Health, Outdoor Education, etc.

  • 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


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