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Faculty Fellows Program

 

The Whitefield Faculty Fellows Program gives guidance, training, and experience to college graduates considering teaching as a career. Faculty Fellows are not considered interns or student teachers; rather, they are treated as colleagues within their departments as they teach in real-life Lower School, Middle School, or Upper School classroom settings under the mentorship of mentor teachers. Within the scope of the program, the Faculty Fellow team-teaches with a mentor teacher.  Over the course of the year, in a scaffold approach, the Faculty Fellow will assume the main teaching responsibilities under the mentor teacher’s guidance. 


In addition, Fellows attend monthly teaching seminars for professional development and help as an assistant coach and/or sponsor an extracurricular activity each season.  Applications for Fellows positions are reviewed for all academic departments. Faculty Fellows are not normally reappointed to the faculty.

 

All interested candidates can apply via our employment opportunities page.

 

ACADEMIC ASSIGNMENTS

  • Each Fellow is assigned to a mentor teacher who helps him/her learn the basics of teaching methodology, discipline, and parent/student relations.
  • As the Fellow’s comfort level increases, the mentor teacher eases him/her into assuming classroom teaching responsibilities. Most Fellows are teaching at least one class by the end of the first grading period.
  • Fellows work one-on-one with students in extra help, allowing them a chance to try different instructional methods with those who are experiencing academic difficulty.

EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

  • Small class size, averaging 18 students across all grade levels
  • Honors and Advanced Placement courses
  • Bible classes, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve
  • Technology available in the classroom
  • Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and Cognia as well as a Member of Council with the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ASSIGNMENTS

  • During every extracurricular season, each Fellow assists with an activity.
  • Coaches act as mentors in the athletic arena, helping Fellows expand the boundaries of classroom teaching onto the playing fields, where the Fellows can observe student behavior in a different environment.
  • Fellows in the Upper School assist with various J-Term trips at the return of Christmas break.

COMMUNITY STRENGTHS

  • Faculty and staff anchored in the Christian faith
  • College preparatory program that challenges, nurtures, and strengthens all its students
  • Honor code supported by students, faculty, and parents
  • Parents as essential partners in Whitefield’s educational endeavors
  • Accomplished faculty and colleagues committed to the school, its mission, and its vision

 

TEACHING SEMINARS

 

Faculty Fellows attend monthly teaching seminars. Together with a seminar instructor, the Fellows explore various teaching strategies and issues with an emphasis on practical application; Fellows are encouraged to examine the philosophical basis of their practices. Most of the seminar discussions are based on readings, videotapes, or journal reflections. Sometimes a faculty member or community guest presents a workshop or facilitates the discussion. In the second semester, the Fellows conduct the seminar presentations. An important element of the seminar is the teaching portfolio, which includes a journal for reflection and any artifacts which the Fellow wishes to highlight in illustrating growth, success, and struggle. Fellows are asked to develop learning goals for their portfolios and to share their progress with their mentor teachers, the seminar instructor, and one another.

 

FELLOW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Generous support and encouragement to attend local conferences and workshops
  • On-site technology training
  • Meaningful in-service programs
  • Internship course led by an academic professional to provide professional support for beginning teachers

 

COMPENSATION

 

In addition to a salary of $30,000 paid over 12 months, Faculty Fellows are provided an option for coverage under the school’s benefits program.  Fellows will be paid a coaching stipend for each season of extracurricular activities.

 

BENEFITS

  • Health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Flexible spending plan
  • Lunch

 

A NOTE TO WHITEFIELD ALUMNI

 

At this time, Whitefield alumni will not be eligible to apply for the Faculty Fellows Program. While we welcome the application of alumni for full-time teaching positions, the Faculty Fellows Program is designed to include candidates with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We would welcome the opportunity to direct any alumnus to other Fellows programs in Atlanta and across the country.  Please contact Lindsey McClellan with any questions.