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Lower School Science Teacher
Burgundy Farm Country Day School
Alexandria, Virginia
Date Posted: 7/15/2022
Job ID: 66623
Position/Title: Lower School Science Teacher
Employer: Burgundy Farm Country Day School
Category / Heading #1: Teaching  Science
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Status: FullTime
Job Description/Responsibilities:

Burgundy Farm is an engaged and invested community of learners, who are committed to teaming together to ensure a more just, equitable and sustainable world. Students are involved in the learning process, and teachers develop curriculum that reflects the needs and interests of their students, while seeking to enhance their practice through ongoing professional learning. We seek to inspire and cultivate both curiosity and critical thinking in our students and ourselves.


Position Description

This opening is for a full-time 2nd - 5th grade science teaching position. This position is a science teacher’s dream vis-a-vis the opportunity to teach in nature and capitalize on a one-of-a-kind campus! The LS science teacher works closely with the classroom teachers in these grades to provide an interdisciplinary science curriculum. They also work with staff at our second campus in West Virginia, The Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies (a.k.a. The Cove), and participate in overnight class trips there during the early fall and late spring. A degree in science, elementary education or a related field is preferred. The LS science teacher reports directly to the Assistant Head of School and Lower School Head.



      Teach physical, earth and biological science and demonstrate thorough planning

      Maintain emphasis on preparing students for the joys and challenges of learning

      Participate in curriculum development, committee and task force work

      Perform necessary administrative tasks including narrative report writing and attend required meetings and events

      Provide differentiated instruction designed to meet social and emotional and academic needs of children

      Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity, both in teaching and in working with colleagues and families

      Teach and learn in and about the outdoors

Minimum Degree: BS
Certification Required: No
Minimum Experience: 1-3 Years



      Continue to build a science curriculum that connects with NGSS Standards, student interests, and general classroom studies

      Use our two fabulous campuses with myriad opportunities for nature-based learning as a launching pad for learning

      Work closely with 2nd-5th grade classroom teaching teams to plan and implement curriculum

      Partner with our learning specialist to provide differentiated instruction

      Participate in progressive education seminars in the first year

      Be paired with a mentor/guide in the first year

      Serve on cross divisional committees such as DEI, curriculum, and accreditation

      Participate in regular professional development offered through the school and through off campus workshops and conferences

Application Notes:
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      Arrive by 8:00 a.m., depart after 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Wednesday, when faculty meetings begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at 4:30/5:00 p.m.

      The School is closed for most national holidays, as well as Winter and Spring Break.


Salary and Benefits:

      Salaries are based on a competitive independent school scale with increases for advanced degrees and experience; $2000 step increase for master’s degree.

      Health, dental, life insurance, and long-term disability, as well as a retirement plan, are offered to all full-time employees.

      403(b) plan with TIAA, with an initial 3% match and then 6% match by the school after two years, irrespective of employee contribution.

      A tuition benefit (1/2 discount) is offered for one qualified child attending Burgundy to full-time employees only. (Fac-staff children are eligible for additional financial aid also.)

About our School

Burgundy Farm Country Day School is a progressive, coed day school on a pastoral 25-acre campus near Alexandria, Virginia. We serve 280 children in junior kindergarten through 8th grade. Burgundy believes children learn best in an inclusive, creative and nurturing environment that engages the whole child. Our innovative, hands-on approach to education cultivates independent thinking, promotes academic excellence, instills respect for diversity, and teaches responsibility for self, for others, and for the natural world. For more information, visit


Burgundy Farm Country Day School actively maintains its commitment to equal opportunity for all employees. To fulfill this commitment, we recruit, hire, promote, and retain individuals in all job titles without regard to race, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, or disability.

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Contact Info
How to Apply: Please submit a resume and a letter of interest to Elizabeth Lener, Lower School Head and Assistant Head of School at