About

Working at Norwood

We welcome your interest in a career at Norwood School, a coeducational independent school serving approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Our school is conveniently located on 38 beautiful acres in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Norwood School’s child-centered program inspires confident, compassionate, independent, and creative thinkers who embrace lifelong learning. We are committed to attracting and retaining exceptional faculty and staff to carry out this mission. We seek talented and experienced individuals who celebrate and respect childhood, know how to blend traditional teaching methods with 21st century resources, and are excited about incorporating character education and service to the community in their work with students.
Embracing diversity is integral to the School’s tradition that recognizes the worth of each member of the community. Norwood does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. We provide competitive salaries, excellent benefits, professional development, and tuition remission for children of full-time faculty and staff.

If you wish to apply for a position that matches your interests and professional qualifications, follow the instructions in the specific job posting. Applications are accepted only for positions that are currently available. The search committee will carefully review your materials and will contact you if the School decides to move forward with further consideration of your application.

- Isabel, '17

"I have had the experience of working with teachers who are extremely passionate about learning."

Current Openings

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  • Physical Education Teacher

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.
     
    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.

    Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, Norwood has an opening for an experienced, dynamic, child-centered educator to teach kindergarten through eighth-grade physical education. Responsibilities include implementing age appropriate curriculum, focusing on skill development, promoting character education through physical activity and developing students’ motor skills and physical development. In addition, the physical education teacher is responsible for reporting on student progress, coordinating with the PE department and completing various other duties connected to being a full-time faculty member.

    Applicants must have at least three years of experience working with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Strong applicants will have an in-depth knowledge of the psychomotor development in children ages 5-13 and will have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Candidates will have the desire and ability to work in a collaborative, team-centered work environment and demonstrated successful coaching experience at the middle school level. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with children.

    Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Ryann Williams Berry, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at rberry@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please.
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Kindergarten Teacher

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.
     
    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.
     
    Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, Norwood has an opening for an experienced and dynamic kindergarten homeroom teacher. Kindergarten teachers co-teach with a partner and are responsible for approximately 18-20 children. He or she will also collaborate regularly with specialists who teach art, library, music, physical education, science, and Spanish.  
     
    Kindergarten teachers at Norwood create and maintain a loving, nurturing, joyful, and child-centered learning environment in which children are challenged, encouraged, and supported. The ideal candidate will be responsible for working with his/her co-teacher to plan, instruct, and assess reading/language arts, math, and social studies in their homeroom; to integrate lessons about character throughout the curriculum; and to deliver differentiated instruction for a wide range of abilities and interests. He/she is also comfortable and excited about using technology for teaching and learning. 
     
    Applicants for the position must have at least three years of experience working with students in lower elementary grades or early childhood settings. A familiarity with Readers and Writers Workshop is preferred. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with children.  
     
    Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Risen, Head of Lower School, at mrisen@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please.
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Math and Reading/Language Arts Teacher, Grades 3 and 4

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.
     
    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.
     
    Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, Norwood has an opening for an experienced and dynamic third and fourth grade reading, language arts, and math teacher to co-teach these subjects with homeroom teacher partners. Successful candidates will have experience developing the academic and social-emotional growth of students within the upper elementary age range. In this position, the teacher collaborates with third and fourth grade homeroom teachers to teach reading, language arts, and math. Strong applicants will have a deep commitment to child-centered instruction and a demonstrated knowledge of Readers and Writers Workshop Units of Study. Prior experience with the Bridges in Mathematics curriculum is preferred. Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience in highly collaborative instructional environments.
     
    Applicants for the position must have at least three years of experience working with students in upper elementary grades. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with children.
     
    Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Risen, Head of Lower School, at mrisen@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please.
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • 6th Grade Advisory, Social Studies, and Math Teacher

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.
     
    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth-grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.
     
    Norwood has an opening in its Middle School for an experienced, dynamic sixth grade advisory/homeroom, social studies, and math teacher beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. Norwood’s middle school includes fifth through eighth grade. Sixth grade has four classes and a total of 60 students. Teachers in the grade work closely together. Responsibilities for this position include advisory/homeroom, social studies, and both fifth and sixth grade math. Successful candidates will plan and implement engaging lessons, report on student progress, provide differentiated student support and enrichment as appropriate, and perform various duties connected to being a full-time faculty member.
     
    Applicants must have at least 3-5 years of experience as a lead teacher working with middle school aged children. Strong applicants will have experience teaching middle school math and a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with young children. 
     
    Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Michele Claeys, Head of Middle School, at mclaeys@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please.
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Middle School Drama Teacher

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.
     
    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth-grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.

    Norwood has an opening in its Middle School for an experienced, dynamic drama teacher beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. Norwood’s middle school includes fifth through eighth grade. Under the guidance of the drama teacher, students in fifth and sixth grade have drama units built into the year and perform grade-level shows. Students in seventh and eighth grade choose from theater electives each trimester and perform in two optional productions per year, the fall play and the spring musical, which rehearse after school. Responsibilities for this position also include one seventh or eighth grade advisory (approximately ten students) and various duties connected to being a full-time faculty member. The drama teacher collaborates closely with fifth and sixth grade reading and language art teachers; the choir teacher, art teacher, and others who work on the play and musical; and other advisors.
     
    Applicants must have at least 3 years of experience as a lead teacher working with middle school aged children. Strong applicants will have experience directing middle school musical productions and a commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, time-management, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with young children. 
     
    Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Michele Claeys, Head of Middle School, at mclaeys@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please.
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Middle School Librarian

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.
     
    Norwood’s child-centered education and its very intentional emphasis on being a happy place of learning create an environment where each individual child is loved, nurtured, challenged, and truly known. As a result, children flourish at Norwood. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.
     
    Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, Norwood has an opening for an experienced, dynamic Middle School Librarian who can develop library programs that inspire curiosity, inquiry and a life-long love of reading. The librarian will oversee the maintenance of the middle school library’s collection and will create a welcoming environment for students in fifth through eighth grade using displays, book clubs and other methods to promote an interest in and love of reading. As an instructional partner, the librarian will collaborate with faculty to build connections to curriculum content and develop lessons plans and guides to teach research skills across grade levels. The librarian will collaborate extensively with the Lower School Librarian to develop curriculum, teach classes in the Lower School, and plan special events such as author visits. As an information specialist, the school librarian will provide expertise in the selection, evaluation, and organization of information resources and the ethical use of information.
     
    Applicants for the Middle School Librarian position must have at least three years of experience as a librarian for students in fifth through eighth grade with a demonstrated skill in supporting and working with classroom teachers. Candidates will have a strong knowledge of how to curate a diverse collection of young adult literature, information technologies and educational research related to middle school learners and readers. Candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with children.
     
    Master of Library Science preferred.  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Ryann Williams Berry, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at rberry@norwoodschool.org. No phone calls, please.
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Payroll and Benefits Manager (Part-Time)

    Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment. We are a diverse and inclusive community where the voice of every student is heard and where adults model a love for learning.
     
    Norwood is looking for a Payroll and Benefits Manager to work with our team in the Business Office. Norwood has approximately 120 full-time, part-time, and hourly workers during the school year and about 80 temporary employees in summer. As such, this role calls for a professional with strong technical and quantitative skills, as well as a customer service acumen. This manager is responsible for all payroll functions and processing, including 24 payrolls per year plus six payrolls for summer camp. Duties include managing monthly and semi-monthly functions such as pre- and post-payroll, time-keeping, benefits changes, tax changes, payroll deductions, salaries, and stipends. The Payroll and Benefits Manager reconciles benefits invoices against payroll deductions for medical and dental insurance, TASC flexible spending, and legal resources benefits. This role encompasses the full cycle of entering new employee data in the payroll system, deleting departing employees, and processing and distributing annual W-2’s. Benefits administration duties include the following: processing new employees on benefits plans and internal databases; reconciling, preparing and submitting twice monthly 403b retirement plan remittance reports to TIAA-CREF; assisting the school’s auditors with the annual 403b retirement plan audit, Form 5500 and Form 8895 preparation and submission; assisting the school’s consultant with preparing the required discrimination testing for the 403b plan; reconciling, preparing and submitting monthly Section 125 Flex Plan remittance reports to TASC; and, maintaining and monitoring a spreadsheet for employees who contribute the maximum to the 403b plan to ensure they do not exceed federal limits. Other benefits administration duties include supporting annual onboarding in July and August, and open enrollment in December and January, as necessary.
     
    Ideal candidates will have experience with payroll processing and benefits administration, and an awareness of reporting requirements and compliance matters. Qualified applicants will be able to handle multiple priorities gracefully, be comfortable in an internal customer facing role, and demonstrate competence in the above listed areas.  
     
    This part-time, 50% FTE position offers competitive compensation, flexible work days/hours, benefits package, paid vacation, and a collegial work environment. The Payroll and Benefits Manager is required to be present in the office at least three business days for a total of 20 hours per week. Regular office hours are between 7:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on weekdays. The start date is July 15, 2018. Please email your resume and cover letter to Bill Teachum, bteachum@norwoodschool.org, Business Manager. No phone calls, please.
     
    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Lower School and Middle School Substitute Teachers, Grades PK-8

    Norwood School’s child-centered program inspires confident, compassionate, independent and creative thinkers who embrace lifelong learning. It is our core belief that how you lead your life matters. Our dynamic, integrated curriculum – focused on academic excellence – challenges and encourages each student’s intellectual development. Our program is designed to help students experience joy in learning, develop self-confidence, and learn respect for the rights and feelings of others. Embracing diversity is integral to the School’s tradition that both recognizes the worth of each member of the community and emphasizes the common values of academic achievement, mutual respect, cooperation, and personal responsibility.

    Substitute Teacher Qualifications
    :
    • Bachelor's degree with a background in education or child development
    • Love of elementary- and middle-school age children
    • Solid understanding of child development
    • Strong communication skills
    • Ability to be "on-call" for both short-term and long-term positions
    • Dependable, responsible and reliable
    • Sense of humor
    • Strong conflict resolution skills
    • Enthusiastic, energetic and flexible
    • Three years of consistent teaching, preferred

    Application and Hiring Procedure:

    Interested candidates should submit a resume with cover letter, and three professional references to:

    Lower School (Grades PK-4):
    Mike Risen
    Head of Lower School
    Norwood School
    8821 River Road
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
    Email: mrisen@norwoodschool.org
     
    Middle School (Grades 5-8):
    Michele Claeys
    Associate Head of School & Head of Middle School
    Norwood School
    8821 River Road
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
    Email: mclaeys@norwoodschool.org

    If you are interested in substituting school-wide, please indicate so in your cover letter and send it to either contact. Compensation Rates: $75 for half day; $150 for full day
    *Norwood School requires that all individuals undergo and pass a full fingerprinting, background check, and verification of employment procedure.

    Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
     
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.