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A Wonderful Workplace

A Wonderful Workplace

I’ve worked in places where the expectations and support for students was 100 percent different from the expectations and support for teachers, which I found stressful. Here at McLean there’s consistent messaging and a growth mindset among administrators, teachers, and students alike.

Learn more about the McLean Method – and its applicability to our hiring, evaluation, and professional development.

McLean School Walks the Talk

Many schools talk about the warmth of their community, the collegiality, and the deep sense of caring and trust among and between students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents. At McLean, born from the mission of serving learners that span the range of racial, socio-economic, cultural, and learning strengths and challenges, that deep sense of caring for one another provides bedrock foundation. Many schools talk about their expanding ability to serve students who learn differently, but McLean has been built for that mission from the start. Through its Abilities Model®, McLean teaches to each student’s strengths, while providing support in areas of need, and McLean never defines students by what they cannot do. 

McLean School in many ways looks like the framework of a typical, maybe even traditional college-prep school. But what happens within that framework is anything but traditional. The school has attracted deeply caring and trained educators whose passion is discovering and teaching to the unique abilities of each student in whatever innovative, personal, or progressive manner is best for the student. With close to 500 students in grades K-12, McLean School is delivering on the promise of giving students skills, confidence, tools, and knowledge to succeed in college and beyond. 

Commitment to Diversity and Equity

McLean School’s commitment to diversity/equity is an extension of our mission to make education accessible, stimulating, and meaningful to a broad range of learners. McLean embraces diversity and values the integrity of all individuals. We offer equitable opportunity to learn from the wealth that diversity renders to all community members in the recognition of differences of ethnicity, race, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sexual orientation, or gender. This recognition enriches our community and encourages our students to be better leaders and more responsible citizens. We believe that our students will acquire an appreciative sensitivity to different people and cultures and that they will be more secure in themselves and better prepared to enjoy the richness and possibilities of the wonderfully diverse world they will inherit.

Toward this end, McLean School commits itself to:

  • Continue to develop a school culture and curricula that will teach our students both the skills and the sensibilities necessary for living in a world of change and difference;
  • Achieve an educationally enriching level of diversity in the student body, the faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees; and
  • Provide the resources and support needed to secure the self-esteem of every child.

The School expects that all community members will support diversity/equity at McLean School, just as the School expects that all community members will benefit from that work.

Non-Discrimination

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training, retention and promotion on the basis of an individual’s ability and job-related qualifications and without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other classification proscribed and protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

Current Employment Opportunities

Grade 4 Teacher

McLean School seeks applications for a Grade 4 Teacher, beginning August 2022.

McLean School , a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for the full-time position to begin August 2022. McLean School has for over sixty-five years been helping bright students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. Through our Abilities Model®, we embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges. We recognize and teach to individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them.

The teacher will have an appreciation for students with mild to moderate learning challenges, and seek to build self-confidence in our students as they learn to advocate and to prepare for success in college and life. This position requires a dynamic educator with vision and patience. Most important, they will subscribe to McLean School’s Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy, and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them. Early childhood educators recognize that play is the work of young children and they build on children’s natural curiosity to promote a love of learning.

The ideal candidate has an advanced degree in Education and experience working with students with learning challenges, including dyslexia, anxiety, ADHD, organizational issues, and students who are gifted, skillfully assessing students’ strengths and areas of need to craft lessons to meet their academic needs. Creativity, flexibility, and strong communication skills are a necessity.

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, statement of educational philosophy, and list of references.

Front Desk Receptionist

McLean School, a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for the full-time position for an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist to begin June 2022.

The School

Transforming the lives of students and families, McLean School is Washington, DC’s most comprehensive and academically rigorous full-scope college preparatory school program for bright, college-bound students, with integrated support for those in the student body with dyslexia, anxiety, ADHD, and executive functioning challenges. For over 65 years, the school has helped students realize their full potential with a curriculum that is traditional without being rigid, challenging without being intimidating, and designed with the real world in mind.

Many schools talk about the warmth of their community, the collegiality, and the deep sense of caring and trust among and between students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents. At McLean, born from the mission of serving learners that span the range of racial, socio-economic, cultural, and learning strengths and challenges, that deep sense of caring for one another provides a bedrock foundation.

McLean recognizes that all children are natural learners, but that they learn in different ways. The school’s Abilities Model® is a more complete way to understand how student minds work. This approach recognizes each child for their strengths, allowing them to excel while providing support in areas of need and fostering resilience This combination transforms how students view themselves and their futures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Among the key responsibilities are the following:

  • This position is the first person to greet and extend a warm welcome to students, families, and visitors to McLean School.
  • Answering the School’s main phone line and checking in visitors utilizing the visitor management software, VisitU.
  • Helping to track student attendance.
  • Managing student transportation plans through SchoolPass, a transportation database. This includes working with faculty and parents to ensure up-to-date dismissal information.
  • Monitoring school bus arrivals and departures, and serving as a liaison between the Transportation Service and the School when issues arise.
  • Supporting the School’s Admission efforts by regularly updating information in HubSpot, a marketing and communication tool.
  • Assisting Admission, IT, Business and Development Offices with various projects and special events.  
  • Maintains the emergency action and fire drill records.

Education and/or Experience

The ideal candidate will have a strong customer service background, the ability to communicate effectively with others and be capable of multitasking during busy periods of the day. This person must be organized, able to work independently, and flexible.

Candidates for this position must have:

  • A love of children
  • a Bachelor’s degree;
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position in a fast-paced environment.
  • a welcoming personality, excellent interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work with all constituency groups.
  • Proficiency in Apple products, Google docs/sheets,
  • Experience in navigating databases is a must.

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, and list of references.

Upper School Chemistry & AP Chemistry Teacher

McLean School, a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for an Upper School Chemistry and AP Chemistry position to begin August 2022. An appropriate candidate must be able to teach Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. The ability and willingness to teach additional science classes such as Forensics would be ideal. Overall, we are looking for a teacher with a creative mindset and an interest in helping to design more creative and less traditional science classes.

The Chemistry and AP Chemistry Teacher will have an appreciation for students with mild to moderate learning challenges, and ADHD, and will seek to build self-confidence in our students as they learn to advocate and to prepare for success in college and beyond. This position requires a dynamic science educator with vision and patience. Most important, the individual will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy, and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them. Additional duties will include sponsoring an Upper School club or committee, advising a group of students, assisting with projects and school wide-initiatives.

McLean School has for over sixty-five years been helping bright students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. Through our Abilities Model®, we embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges. We recognize and teach to individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them.

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their Cover Letter and Résumé.

Kindergarten-Grade 4 Math Specialist

McLean School seeks applicants for a 10-month, K-4 Math Specialist for the Lower School beginning August 2022.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school in Potomac, Maryland serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area. McLean School has for over sixty-five years been helping bright students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. Through our Abilities Model®, we embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges. We recognize and teach to individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them.

Summary

The K-4 Math Specialist consults with classroom teachers and provides support to both faculty and students in best practices in math instruction. The K-4 Math Specialist teaches small groups of students who need additional remediation or advanced math instruction.

We welcome candidates who are committed to student-centered pedagogy, differentiated instruction, and multi-sensory learning. Successful candidates must be willing to collaborate, innovate, and grow in their field. Most important, they will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Support teachers by suggesting math materials and curriculum to support best practices and consulting with them about meeting students’ needs.
  • Observe and informally assess students.
  • Facilitate Math Centers for Kindergarten.
  • Plan and lead daily small math groups for grades 1-4.
  • Teach additional small groups as needed.
  • Organize and order math supplies for teachers.
  • Meet with Lower School Academic Technologist to discuss math technology and apps.
  • Communicate with parents about math curriculum, achievement, and placement.
  • Stay up to date on current research and share with teachers.
  • Arrange Professional Development for K-4 faculty to incorporate best practices and share curriculum programs and materials.
  • Collaborate with team members to coordinate K-6 STEAM night.
  • Meet with Math Department Chair to discuss overall math program, as needed.

Education and Experience 

A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Candidates should have experience working with students who have diagnosed math disabilities or math difficulties, including dyscalculia. Candidates must have strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their Cover Letter and Résumé.

Enrollment Associate & Alumni Engagement Coordinator

McLean School, a K-12 co-educational, independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for the position of Enrollment Associate & Alumni Engagement Coordinator to begin August 2022. This is one position shared between the Admission and Development Offices.

School Overview

Transforming the lives of students and families, McLean School is Washington, DC’s area most comprehensive and academically rigorous full-scope program for bright, college bound students, with integrated support for those students with dyslexia, anxiety, ADHD and organizational challenges. For over 65 years, the School has helped students realize their full potential with a curriculum that is traditional without being rigid, challenging without being intimidating, and designed with the real world in mind.

Many schools talk about the warmth of their community, the collegiality, and the deep sense of caring and trust among and between students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents. At McLean, born from the mission of serving learners that span the range of racial, socio-economic, cultural, and learning strengths and challenges, that deep sense of caring for one another provides a bedrock foundation.

McLean recognizes that all children are natural learners, but that they learn in different ways. The School’s Abilities Model® is a more complete way to understand how student minds work. This approach recognizes each child for their strengths, allowing them to excel, while providing support in areas of need and fostering resilience. This combination transforms how students view themselves and their futures.

Reaching all corners of the McLean experience, the School’s commitment to diversity and equity is an extension of its mission to make education accessible, stimulating, and meaningful to a broad range of learners. McLean embraces diversity and values the integrity of all individuals. This recognition enriches the community and encourages students to be better leaders and more responsible citizens.

Mission

McLean School’s mission is to make education accessible, stimulating, and meaningful to a broad range of bright K-12 learners. We understand each student’s unique strengths and challenges, and support both in a way that fosters intellectual growth as well as confidence, self-advocacy, empathy, and connection. At McLean, students succeed because they learn how to learn in an inclusive, conscientious community of caring teachers and peers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities for Enrollment Associate

The Enrollment Associate is an integral part of the Admission Office, responsible for assisting families through the admission process.

  • Experience with Blackbaud software for Admission database is preferred, and experience with database entry and processing.
  • Provide parent interviews, small group, and individual tours to prospective families;
  • Engage with prospective parents during the admission process and become familiar with McLean’s Mission, Core Values, and Abilities Model®.
  • Be familiar with or learn to interpret Psychoeducational or Neuropsychological testing on applicants.
  • Assist in pairing all visitors with a student host and send weekly emails to appropriate division, teachers, and/or ambassadors.
  • In consultation with the Director of Enrollment, organize Open Houses, New Family Welcome Party, and other Admission Office events.
  • Keep track of data in Hubspot by entering new inquiries, change status of prospective applicants; respond to the Chat feature in Hubspot.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities for Alumni Engagement Coordinator

The Alumni Engagement Coordinator will play a critical role in re-launching the Alumni Engagement efforts of the School. They will build and manage a Strategic Alumni Engagement Plan that includes the ongoing development of a new virtual engagement platform, establishment of an Alumni Association volunteer network and activities, and a communications plan. The goal is to build affinity among alumni and with McLean and increase philanthropic and activity-based support for the school.

  • Develop annual strategic plan to build affinity and increase engagement among Alumni.
  • ​​Re-establish the Alumni network and relaunch the Alumni Association by recruiting new members and building leadership among volunteers.
  • Build and maintain a database of McLean Alumni and create the first Alumni Online Directory.
  • Lead the planning of the 20th Anniversary of the First Upper School Graduation in 2003 and other annual tradition setting gatherings for Alumni.
  • Create an alumni calendar of events, ensure consistent cultivation opportunities throughout the year, and assist with the logistics, and planning.
  • Contribute to ongoing communication efforts and online social media activities, including the launch of a new engagement platform for alumni.
  • Market the Annual Fund Program to expand the portfolio of donors.

Qualifications, Experience, and Education

Among many attributes, successful candidates will:

  • Have 3-5 years of experience in Admission or alumni work.
  • Be particularly attuned to and skillful in working with parents who have a high level of concern for their children as learners.
  • Lead with outgoing, energetic, positive, and engaging communications and personal style.
  • Experience with Blackbaud software for Admission and Development database.
  • Have demonstrated a strong ability to collaborate with colleagues and also work independently when needed.
  • Have at least a Bachelor’s degree

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé,  and list of references.

Part-Time School Nurse

McLean School in Potomac, Maryland announces a search for a dynamic part-time nurse to work in our busy health room. The health room nurse will assist with the daily clinical operations and provision of care required for the Health Room. 

This is a part-time, 10-month position, beginning August 2022 with one week of training in May.

The School

Transforming the lives of students and families, McLean School is Washington, D.C.’s most comprehensive and academically rigorous full-scope college preparatory school program for bright, college-bound students, with integrated support for those in the student body with dyslexia, anxiety, ADHD and executive functioning challenges. For over 65 years, the school has helped students realize their full potential with a curriculum that is traditional without being rigid, challenging without being intimidating, and designed with the real world in mind.

Many schools talk about the warmth of their community, the collegiality, and the deep sense of caring and trust among and between students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents. At McLean, born from the mission of serving learners that span the range of racial, socio-economic, cultural, and learning strengths and challenges, that deep sense of caring for one another provides a bedrock foundation.

Many schools talk about their expanding ability to serve students who learn differently, but McLean has been built for that mission. McLean recognizes that all children are natural learners, but that they learn in different ways. The school’s Abilities Model® is a more complete way to understand how student minds work. This approach recognizes each child for their strengths, allowing them to excel, while providing support in areas of need and fostering resilience This combination transforms how students view themselves and their futures.

Job Responsibilities

  • Uses knowledge, skills, clinical experience, and critical thinking to meet the health care needs of students and faculty.
  • Maintains and reviews student health records using Magnus Health
  • Communicates current health problems, needs, and concerns of students to their parents and appropriate school faculty and staff
  • Assist in maintaining a system for providing first aid and emergency care
  • Administers medications and treatments to students as approved by school policy and Maryland Nursing Law
  • Provides individualized patient education when warranted

COVID-19 responsibilities for the school year if still applicable:

  • Provide and recommend COVID-19 testing when appropriate for students and staff on campus
  • Manage and communicate with the Montgomery County Health Dept, staff, and families about COVID-19 cases as needed

Desired Skills and Personal Characteristics

The ideal candidate will have a strong clinical background and exceptional assessment skills. This person must be organized, able to work both independently and on a team, able to multitask, willing to work under busy conditions, and able to collaborate and communicate effectively.

Excellent customer service skills are essential. School-based health care experience is preferred; comfort with students from 5 to 18 years old is a must.

Among the many attributes, successful candidates will:

  • Have an unending love of children, and a desire to get to know each student in the school.
  • Degree from an accredited school of nursing
  • Actively licensed as a Registered Nurse in Maryland
  • BLS Certified
  • Triage experience a plus
  • Familiarity with current practices for common childhood illnesses and chronic diseases: asthma management, diabetes, seizure management
  • Experience in school, pediatric and/or community or public health nursing
  • Able to use electronic medical records to support the Health Room; familiarity with Magnus Health a plus
  • Three years of relevant experience in pediatrics or school nursing preferred

Mission

McLean School’s mission is to make education accessible, stimulating, and meaningful to a broad range of bright K-12 learners. We understand each student’s unique strengths and challenges, and support both in a way that fosters intellectual growth as well as confidence, self-advocacy, empathy, and connection. At McLean, students succeed because they learn how to learn in an inclusive, conscientious community of caring teachers and peers.

Reaching all corners of the McLean experience, the school’s commitment to diversity and equity is an extension of its mission. McLean embraces diversity and values the integrity of all individuals. This recognition enriches the community and encourages students to be better leaders and more responsible citizens.

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, two sample letters of recommendation, statement of educational philosophy, and list of references.

Lower School Teacher (K-4)

McLean School seeks applications for a K-4 teacher, beginning August 2022.

McLean School, a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for the full-time position to begin August 2022. McLean School has for over sixty-five years been helping bright students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. Through our Abilities Model®, we embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges. We recognize and teach to individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them.

The teacher will have an appreciation for students with mild to moderate learning challenges, and seek to build self-confidence in our students as they learn to advocate and to prepare for success in college and life. This position requires a dynamic educator with vision and patience. Most important, they will subscribe to McLean School’s Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy, and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them. Early childhood educators recognize that play is the work of young children and they build on children’s natural curiosity to promote a love of learning.

The ideal candidate has an advanced degree in Education and experience working with students with learning challenges, including dyslexia, anxiety, ADHD, organizational issues, and students who are gifted, skillfully assessing students’ strengths and areas of need to craft lessons to meet their academic needs. Creativity, flexibility, and strong communication skills are a necessity.

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their cover letter, résumé, statement of educational philosophy, and list of references.

American Sign Language Teacher (ASL)

McLean School, a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for an American Sign Language Teacher to begin August 2022. McLean School has for over sixty-five years been helping bright students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. Through our Abilities Model®, we embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges. We recognize and teach to individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ASL Teacher will will seek to build an appreciation for and love of American Sign Language among our students and strengthen their self-confidence as they learn to advocate for themselves and to prepare for success in college and beyond.

  • They  will teach 5  Middle and Upper School classes a day spanning beginning to advanced courses.
  • Additional duties will include sponsoring an Upper School club or committee, advising a group of 12-15 Upper School students, assisting with projects and school wide-initiatives and attending various school functions.

Qualifications, Experience, and Education

  • A dynamic educator with vision and patience. Most important, the individual will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy, and will seek passionately to uphold and promote them.
  • Fluent in American Sign Language,
  • College degree in ASL instruction
  • At least two years teaching experience at the Middle or High School level
  • An appreciation for and experience working with students who have mild to moderate learning challenges such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, executive functioning challenges, and ADHD.
  • Displays a collaborative spirit and growth mindset
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills with students, faculty, staff, and parents
  • An ability and willingness to assist with our growing social and emotional curriculum would be a plus.

McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application, and upload their Cover Letter and Résumé.

Substitute Teachers
McLean School (mcleanschool.org), a K-12 co-educational independent school in Potomac, Maryland, seeks applicants for Substitute Teachers immediately. College degree preferred.

McLean School has for sixty-five years been helping bright students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. Through our Abilities Model®, we embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges. We recognize and teach to individual strengths, responding to areas of challenge, but never defining students by them.

This position requires a candidate that can teach to a diverse population of students who possess a wide range of learning strengths and challenges. Most importantly, the McLean Substitute Teacher will subscribe to our Core Values, our Mission, and our Philosophy.

The McLean School is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, genetic status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please contact Executive Support Manager, Robin Speller.

Interested applicants should fill out an online Application and upload their Résumé.

It’s no surprise that McLean’s teachers and staff are as happy to be here as the students we teach: we all feel supported in our efforts to learn, stretch and grow. It’s a culture that can be hard to come by… which is one reason our faculty tends to stick around! Here are a few of the other reasons:

Reason #1McLean “Magic”

There’s something about this place that’s hard to put into words, but you know it when you feel it. An energy, a culture, a certain type of confidence that comes from having a job you love and being surrounded by people who feel the same way.

Reason #2Our Mentorship Program

You’re always encouraged to change and modify your approach based on what is best for each child. And you don’t have to figure that out all on your own.  There’s a wealth of resources from mentor teachers who support you all the way.

Reason #3Flexibility in What We Teach and How We Teach It

Teaching the way kids learn requires flexibility you won’t find in most school settings. And it’s one thing to say ‘hey, do what you need to do,’ but another to actually provide the structure and professional support to make that possible. And knowing I have the trust and confidence of my colleagues means everything to me.

Reason #4Professional Perks

We work hard, but we get to have fun, too. We are fully encouraged to enjoy the weight room, yoga, fitness classes, mindfulness programs, our wonderful lunch offerings, and more. This is a place that supports us fully: mind, body, and soul!

Reason #5Location

Our proximity to DC opens up experiential learning opportunities and is just a great place in general to live.  From the Smithsonian to Congress, free cultural events, and parks, the Greater Washington area is packed with places and programs that enrich my professional and personal experiences.

Reason #6We Prioritize Professional Development

This is a culture of learning, and that includes the faculty. When it comes to professional development, McLean is generous and encouraging. It creates a sense of excitement, like we’re incubating new ideas all the time and making our best practices even better. As an educator, I couldn’t ask for more.