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’s integrated curriculum emphasizes reading at all grade levels. The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten program utilizes a developmental approach, while the curriculum in grades 1-4 stresses the acquisition of basic skills. Spanish instruction begins in pre-kindergarten. Grades 5 and 6 are semi-departmentalized, and grades 7 and 8 are fully departmentalized. The School provides a setting in which each individual can develop and emerge with positive attitudes and values and strong academic achievement. Students have physical education almost every day, and art, music and drama are integral components in the overall program.
Overview of Position
The head of lower school at Norwood School is responsible for the lower division’s program coordination and student well-being for grades PK-4, which includes approximately 225 students and 40 teachers. The head of lower school works collaboratively with both teachers and parents to assure both the social-emotional and academic development of each student.
Working in conjunction with the head of middle school/associate head of school, who is responsible for grades 5-8, and the director of curriculum and instruction, the head of lower school has shared responsibility for curriculum development and professional development. The head of lower school also has selected school-wide responsibilities for various on-going programs and initiatives.
The head of lower school is a member of the lead administrative team and works closely with other administrative staff members, such as: the director of curriculum and instruction to oversee curriculum alignment and development; the director of admission and enrollment management to evaluate prospective students; the director of development to identify and craft programs for possible outside funding; and the business manager to oversee the budget.
Successful experience as an elementary teacher
Prior experience with independent school leadership
Thorough knowledge of early childhood educational theory and practice
Accomplishment with faculty development
Well-versed in learning styles, differentiated instruction, and social-emotional development
Commitment to cultivation and celebrating a multicultural Norwood
Skilled in both consensus-building and decision-making
Organized, with effective communication skills
Compassionate, flexible, and reflective
Intelligent, sensitive, resourceful, creative, and a sense of humor
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.
About Norwood School
We welcome your interest in a career at Norwood School, a coeducational independent school serving approximately 440 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.