Head of the Early Childhood Center

St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee seeks a dynamic and innovative Head of the Early Childhood Center to lead a community of children ages 2 - Senior Kindergarten at one of the nation's finest college preparatory girls' schools. The next Head of the Early Childhood Center will be committed to fostering a learning center steeped in emergent education that follows the natural curiosity of children while encouraging a sense of wonder that defines the learning experience at the Marlene R. Shaw Early Childhood Center. St. Mary's offers an exceptional program that combines the best of tradition with a focus upon an education for a lifetime that balances a child's learning through four specific lenses of knowledge set, skill set, mindset, and value set that form the St. Mary's experience. Critical to a St. Mary's education is the Early Childhood Head's ability to keep our youngest citizens in health of mind and soul and body through our exceptional character development program that focuses upon mindfulness and wellness.

Opportunities for the next Head of Early Childhood:

  • Serving as a senior-level administrator on a talented leadership team that plans strategically for the entire school.
  • Leading a talented Early Childhood faculty that functions collaboratively through a team structure that is student-focused.
  • Serving as a leader in a community that encourages wellness and creativity.
  • Continuing to build upon a strong foundation of academic excellence and best teaching practices with innovative new programs while balancing demands and expectations of resources and time for faculty and students.
  • Reviewing staffing, evaluations, and responsibilities of early childhood faculty.

The Ideal Candidate will be:

  • Knowledgeable about curriculum, best teaching practices, and innovative trends in early childhood education.
  • Experienced in the classroom at the Early Childhood level, 7+ years teaching experience preferred.
  • Knowledgeable with the state standards for school administered child care.
  • Experienced in recruiting, hiring, mentoring, supervising, and evaluating talented faculty
  • Trained in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children and the ability to apply that understanding in the creation and oversight of curriculum and programs.
  • Experienced in the education of both parents and children.
  • Approachable, warm, joyful.
  • A highly visible communicator who can articulate the school's mission and program with passion and enthusiasm in large groups and one-on-one.
  • Sees him/herself as part of an admissions team.
  • Provides evidence of a growth mindset with samples of original programming and community involvement.
  • Capable of balancing innovation and tradition.

Early Childhood Curriculum

Ours is an emergent curriculum that is led by the interests of the students. Integrated into daily lessons and projects, our girls learn to:

  • build upon their natural sense of wonder
  • investigate the world around them
  • explore new concepts and ideas
  • engage in meaningful play
  • learn to cooperate in a group
  • practice communicating effectively with others
  • develop a sense of autonomy

A great emphasis is placed on the development of all areas of literacy: written language, spoken language, and listening. Focusing on beginning writing and reading readiness skills, we introduce our girls to a wealth of literature and give them opportunities to engage in the creative process of telling their own stories.

Our math program is a developmental program that encourages an interest in mathematical concepts. Basic concepts are introduced and taught through interactive experiences that emphasize the use of mathematics every day. This "hands on" approach to math has proven to be both effective and enjoyable.

Technology is integrated into and supports every aspect of our program in a meaningful and appropriate way. Our program is enhanced by special subject areas that include Spanish, Physical Education, Creative Movement, Music, Art, Science, Religion, and Library.


The mission of St. Mary's Episcopal school is to provide a superior educational experience for girls which will encourage and enable each student to reach her individual potential.

The School

St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee, is an independent college-preparatory school for girls two-years old through grade 12. At St. Mary's, we prepare our students in a vibrant learning community that balances core knowledge and transformative innovation. St. Mary's equips each girl to be collaborative, creative, and courageous so that she will seize the opportunities in the changing world and thrive in her generation. St. Mary's is committed to academic excellence, offering a classic liberal arts curriculum in conjunction with strong science and math programs. Students also enjoy a thriving performing and fine arts program, work with the latest technology, and participate in a multitude of extracurricular activities and community service. For more than 165 years, St. Mary's has been helping girls develop their minds, character, and spirit.

St. Mary's is an independent Episcopal School; although not governed by the Church of the Holy Communion or the Diocese of West Tennessee, we benefit from a close partnership. St. Mary's board-approved statement on Episcopal identity guides the school and board in policy-setting and decision-making. The policy of need-blind admissions, provisions of financial aid to students in need, and a commitment to diversity exist in all aspects of the school.

Our Episcopal Identity

St. Mary's seeks to express the Christian faith in the Episcopal tradition, providing a uniquely expansive environment in which Christians and non-Christians can affirm together God, who transcends all creeds and religions. Being strong and comfortable in one's faith, while being knowledgeable and respectful of the faith of others, may be more important today than ever.

St. Mary's helps students to delve more deeply into the Christian faith in a way that simultaneously deepens one's knowledge and love of Jesus, while expanding one's appreciation of the ways in which God finds expression in the faith traditions of non-Christians. In such an environment, Christians and non-Christians are encouraged to find God at work in each other and to find truth in places they might otherwise not have looked.

The Middle and Upper School community gathers daily in the Church of the Holy Communion for worship according to the Book of Common Prayer, while the younger students attend regular chapel services that are age appropriate. St. Mary's seeks to be an Episcopal School where love and respect for others are demonstrated through respectful behavior and service learning. In such a community, acts of kindness are encouraged and community service is expected.

Such depth of personal commitment and expansiveness of spirit cannot be learned from books alone. Instead, these are things one learns from living, working, and worshiping in a community of faith and service. At its best, this is the kind of community St. Mary's seeks to be.

As a school located in the heart of Memphis, we value our differences as much as our similarities. We honor the individual that lives inside each girl and help her learn how to recognize and develop her own unique abilities.

Send letter of interest, resume, and educational philosophy to:

Albert Throckmorton, Head of School
60 Perkins Extended
Memphis, TN, 38117