Summer Studies Instructors 2021

Georgetown Day School opened its doors in 1945 as the first integrated school in a segregated city. Governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the parent body and administered by an appointed Head of School, it was founded by seven families who wanted to create a school committed not only to academic excellence and educational innovation but also to a value system emphasizing appreciation and respect for others. Believing that diversity was the ground out of which all deep and rich learning occurs, they established a school where all children would be welcome, celebrated, and challenged to be their best selves.
Today, the School's philosophy, programs, and position in the national educational landscape strongly reflect its roots. Having grown from 12 children in 1945 to 1075 students in PK-12 today, GDS is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s and the nation’s most dynamic educational institutions.

Georgetown Day School’s Office of Auxiliary Programs seeks instructors for its GDS Summer Studies Courses.

GDS Auxiliary Programs Mission:  While participating in GDS Auxiliary Programs, children will explore, learn, and create through hands-on and interpersonal inquiry, gaining an appreciation for themselves, others, and the world. GDS Auxiliary Programs Team Members teach new skills and provide tools that enable children to develop into individuals who strive to learn and understand, try new things, and care for others.

Position Description: GDS Summer Studies Program seeks to hire instructors to teach enrichment classes that will challenge our students academically, physically, and artistically. We seek individuals with experience teaching children ages 5-18, as well as professional expertise in such areas as science, math, visual or performing arts, language arts, computer programming, technology and engineering, and more. 

Instructors must be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about ways to support learning through guided activities. The ability to provide rich, mission-aligned content and creative pedagogy, to establish authentic relationships,  to work collaboratively with colleagues, and to place children’s interests and experiences at the heart of the classroom are essential components of the job. Instructors must also submit a program-long syllabus and regular lesson plans. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting.

GDS and our summer programs are committed to following all of the safety guidelines provided by the Department of Health including testing, screening, mask wearing, social distancing, sanitation, and more. Instructors must play an active role in mitigating the risks of COVID-19 within our program.

This position reports to the GDS Summer Studies Director.

Seeking instructors for the following summer studies classes:

Assistant Teachers for various programs and age groups

Geometry Teacher

6th Grade Math Teacher

7th Grade Math Teacher

Pre-Algebra Review Teacher

Algebra 1 Teacher

Summer Nurse


Responsibilities for Lead Teachers include the following:

Submit a program syllabus prior to the start of the program

Plan, prepare, and execute lessons and activities for a cohesive and engaging program

Lead classes, ensuring that learning goals are met

Collaborate with co-teachers as needed

Prepare a demonstration of mastery as a culmination to each season

Provide a weekly write up of the topics and accomplishments in class to send home to families 


Responsibilities for co-teachers, interns, and extended day staff:

Deliver course curriculum 

Co-lead activities planned for the day

Lead small group activities as assigned

Support lead teacher with various responsibilities including lunch, playground monitoring, arrival and dismissal, etc.


Responsibilities for All Summer Studies Staff:

Arrive promptly and prepared for class

Ensure that students are learning in creative, hands-on, interactive, and age-appropriate ways

Enthusiastically engage students 

Supervise actively

Incorporate opportunities for students to collaborate, problem-solve and create

Other duties as assigned

Additional responsibilities vary by role and course.


Lead and Co-Teacher Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in the subject area

Professional experience in the subject area

Prior history of teaching the class to the target age group

Previous teaching experience preferred; demonstrable teaching and behavior management skills required


All Summer Studies Staff:

Must enjoy working with children and demonstrate good judgement in doing so

Prior experience working with children in the target age group

Ability to think on one’s feet

Ability to work collaboratively

Ability to attend staff training 


Pay:  Varies depending on role and experience

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references using our online application system. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at 

How to Apply

Coronavirus Safety

  • Screenings the night before and morning of being on-campus
  • Required face coverings
  • 6 feet physical distancing
  • PPE freely available including 
    • Cloth mask
    • Surgical mask
    • Face shield
    • Goggles
    • Stylus (for touching shared screens such as copiers or time clocks)
  • Classrooms and shared offices spaces equipped with sanitizer dispensers, microfiber cloths, and cleaning spray bottle
  • Signs throughout the building, including posters for every classroom with health and safety reminders
  • Additional HEPA filtration devices in all classrooms and shared office spaces
  • Required GDS-specific health and safety video training 
  • Ongoing COVID-19 testing for staff and students

See our Hopping into 2020 site for more information about our reopening plan.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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