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Employment Opportunities at Gillispie

Gillispie School

Portrait of a Gillispie Teacher

  • We are Outstanding Educators, who set high learning expectations, differentiate instruction, and establish meaningful relationships with all students in a stimulating and purposeful learning environment.
  • We are Reflective Learners and Dynamic Contributors, who seek out varied and effective ways to improve student learning, embrace professional development opportunities and new techniques, and take initiative to collaboratively promote positive change with curiosity, flexibility, and a growth mindset.
  • We are Community Builders, who proactively communicate and engage with all constituents responsibly, respectfully, and discreetly, ensuring that all individuals are treated with dignity.
  • We are Good Citizens, who strive to embody the Gillispie Values, show empathy towards all members of the Gillispie community, and do my best in a way that exhibits my love for the work of educating.

Endowment for Excellence in Teaching

“The most important factor in determining whether a school is a setting in which children grow and learn is whether the school is a setting in which adults grow and learn.” – Thomas Hoerr, School Leadership for the Future

One of the most exceptional aspects of Gillispie School is our teaching staff. These dedicated employees are the lifeblood of the Gillispie Experience, and Gillispie and its community invests heavily in recruiting, retaining, and enriching these extraordinary individuals through the Gillispie School Endowment for Excellence in Teaching. In 2009, an anonymous donor family seeded the Endowment with a gift of $1.5 million, and offered a challenge grant to match the gifts and pledges of our community for an additional $1.5 million. With great enthusiasm, our community met the challenge, and in 2011, the Endowment for Excellence in Teaching was established with a total of $4.5 million.

The Endowment’s purpose is to retain and secure the best teachers, while creating a culture that makes excellence in teaching a top priority of the School. Eighty percent of the interest garnered from the corpus of the funds is used each year toward supplementing salaries or providing discretionary funds for outstanding work, while approximately 20% is designated for professional growth opportunities.

To date, the Gillispie School Endowment of Excellence in Teaching has paid out over $1.125 million to our faculty.

Available Positions


We hire constructivist educators that have a deep respect for children and are committed to their own life-long learning. Educators at Gillispie School team teach in nurturing environments, which meet the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical needs of children.

Minimum qualifications include:

*Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field

*At least two years teaching experience in an elementary classroom, preferably with a social constructivist, inquiry-based environment

*Familiarity with project-based approaches

*Ability to collaborate well with other teachers and administrators

Duties and Expectations include:

  • Provide classroom instruction to students per teacher direction
  • Perform lunch area and play yard supervision of students
  • Follow classroom management routines and frameworks left by the classroom teacher
  • Aid in the supervision of students during morning drop off and/or afternoon pickup times
  • Other duties as assigned by administration

Application Process

Please submit a résumé, references, and letter of interest to Assistant Head of School, Jon Bluestein, at [email protected] unless the position you are applying for indicates another administrator to submit your application to. No phone calls, please.

In accordance with the requirements set forth in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX),
Gillispie School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, pregnancy status, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, hiring, and other school-administered programs.