Our Community: Connelly School of the Holy Child is a Catholic, college preparatory school, committed to the intellectual, spiritual, artistic, physical, and social development of young women in grades 6 through 12. The school emphasizes academic challenge, joy of learning, and education of well-rounded women of faith and action. Building an inclusive and diverse school community is a priority for Holy Child, and we are committed to hiring faculty and staff with diverse experiences and backgrounds, to empower our students to connect, belong, and grow.
Holy Child creates a student-centered academic culture focused on transforming students, inspiring faith, fostering belonging, promoting innovative teaching, and cultivating creativity, critical thinking, curiosity, and compassion to develop globally minded women of conscience and action.
The goal for all English Teachers at Holy Child is to lend their students an ever-growing facility with reading, writing, and thinking that leads to critical insight, self-awareness, and a connection with the world. English Teachers relish the close, caring, and lighthearted relationships they develop with our young women. They aim to draw out each student’s unique abilities. They joyfully present an academic program that is student-centered, interdisciplinary, authentic, and well-rounded.
We are currently looking for candidates experienced in teaching a variety of upper school English courses, but especially those with experience teaching African American Literature and Culture.
Other responsibilities include:
Create lessons that offer a differentiated approach for the sake of student learning.
Establish a classroom where all students feel safe and comfortable expressing their ideas or seeking help from their peers or the teacher.
Integrate the use of technology and instruct students in a way that prepares them for college and careers in the 21st
Use updated and innovative practices like Project-Based Learning, Inquiry-Based Learning, Harkness Discussion, and other student-centered methods to authentically engage students.
Discuss recent studies and practices in teaching and learning at department meetings.
Evaluate student performance by providing timely and effective feedback.
Coordinate with other teachers to develop interdisciplinary lessons and assessments across the curriculum.
Implement accommodations recommended by educational testing and Academic Support.
Stay current on the latest developments in education and take advantage of professional development opportunities offered at the school and in the community. Faculty are required to attend at least one professional conference or workshop per year.
Write progress reports at the midpoint of each grading period and report cards at the end of each grading period. Substantive comments about student strengths and areas of improvement should be included.
Be an enthusiastic and forthcoming contributor in department or school-wide discussions around theories of teaching and learning, as well as content-specific debates.
Make phone calls or send emails to parents as needed for commendations on student work and specific concerns.
Conduct parent/teacher conferences during the first semester.
Notify the Department Chair, Academic Dean, Dean of Students, or the Division Head with specific concerns regarding students’ academic, emotional, or moral development, information shared by parents which will impact student progress, or personal concerns which may impact the teacher’s ability to successfully function in the classroom.
Serve as a homeroom and/or club advisor and faculty mentor to students.
Attend school functions, including Community Time, Chapel Time, Admission Events, Athletic Events, Open House, and Back to School Night.
Establish a rapport where trust, care, and intellectual exchange is shared with all the students at Holy Child.
Qualifications & Skills:
Previous experience as an English teacher
Knowledge of teaching methods promoted by schools of excellence and English professional organizations.
Exceptional organizational and communication skills. Superior writing skills.
A patient and resilient personality
BS/BA in English Language or English Literature; MS/MA recommended; PhD desirable.
Connelly School of the Holy Child Founded in 1961 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus as a college preparatory school for girls grade 6-12. The school is part of a network of 33 Holy Child schools in the United States, Europe and Africa, which is guided by the educational philosophy of Cornelia Connelly. Holy Child enrolls approximately 300 students every year from the Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as across the globe. Holy Child creates a personal learning experience with an 8 to 1 student to faculty ratio and offers fine arts programs as well as competitive sports teams in soccer, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, cross country lacrosse and more. Service is part of the Holy Child curriculum and students last year completed 5,000 hours of community service.