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Career Center
January 29, 2020

3rd Grade Lead Teacher (2020-21)

Canterbury School
Greensboro NC United States
Co-ed Day School, PreK-8th grade, 325 students
Position Starts: August 11, 2020
Application Deadline: Until Filled

Canterbury School is part of a long Episcopal school tradition of strong academics, an inquiry-based approach to learning, and a diverse environment. We give a central place to both the life of reason and the life of faith, and we believe that the ultimate purpose of education is to prepare students to become contributors to and leaders in an ever-changing world. Our PreK-8 structure concentrates on the learning needs and development of young children and middle school adolescents, without the added complexities of the high school experience. Since our founding in 1993, we have stressed that the most complete education develops the whole child: mind, body, and spirit.

Canterbury maintains a staff of approximately 70 employees, and its teaching faculty is a healthy mix of veteran, mid- and early-career educators who enjoy small class sizes where every child is known, cared for, and loved. Students of color comprise about 20 percent of our student body of 325. Our school is situated on a beautiful 35-acre campus with a natural area, ropes course, and pond – and also a well-equipped science center. From chess to outdoor exploration, faculty are encouraged to share their passions, and students and teachers participate together in service learning, as well. Canterbury Cougars are active in Greensboro, and we’re told that our students are some of the most polite in town – but they’re also still kids who love to have fun in a community that challenges their minds and nourishes their spirits.


Greensboro, NC is the birthplace of the Sit-In Movement, a progressive community full of religious and ethnic diversity. It offers outstanding universities, wonderful restaurants, beautiful parks and trails, minor league baseball and basketball teams, and a new 3,000-seat performing arts center opening in 2020.

3rd Grade Lead Teacher

Canterbury seeks a passionate and collaborative full-time lead 3rd grade teacher for the 2020-21 school year. Canterbury’s lower school utilizes the Math in Focus curriculum for math instruction, as well as readers and writers workshops for developing the language arts. Our 3rd grade social studies curriculum focuses on U.S. geography and regional socio-economic contributions.

Teachers at Canterbury are passionate, innovative, and dedicated members of the school community who embrace its unique philosophy and traditions while always striving for excellence. Teachers are committed to growth as professionals and individuals and value and respect every member of the community. Teachers are committed to helping students achieve success and to the mission and values of Canterbury School.

The successful candidate is an educator who:

--relates to and enjoys working with all children.

--creates and executes well-designed, meaningful lesson plans, mindful of best instructional practices of teaching and learning, including differentiation and inquiry-based models.

--collaborates easily and effectively with other teachers to plan and implement lessons.

--reads enthusiastically and widely and who can transmit that enthusiasm for learning to children. 

--enjoys writing, writes well, and can inspire this enthusiasm in students.

--fosters a climate of respect for each child as an individual.

--maintains strong relationships with students, parents, and colleagues. 

--maintains a safe, open, healthy and inviting learning space.

--cheerfully supervises lunch, recess, carpool and other duties as required and participates in all required school events and the life of the school.

--is experienced in and committed to the ongoing development and maintenance of an inclusive community.


The successful candidate is an educator who has:

--Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

--Three years minimum of successful relevant experience.

--Capacity to strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through respect, tact, helpfulness, and recognition of individual differences within the school community.

--Proven ability to work in a multifaceted environment while maintaining high standards of professionalism, discretion, a commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and a good sense of humor.

--Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

--Passion for the mission and the vision of Canterbury School.

Contact Information

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position, which begins in August 2020, to Roanne Ornelles, Lower School Director, at ornellesr@canterburygso.org.