Careers at Doane
What we seek:
Doane Academy is looking for entrepreneurial, innovative, and flexible teachers. We are interested in applicants who are devoted to an education for life, who are willing and able to embrace our small school culture, who are committed to mastering the art and craft of educating, and who can combine an enthusiasm for their expertise with an understanding of the many different ways students learn.
Benefits for Full Time Employees:
- Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Company Provided Life/AD&D
- 403(b) Retirement with a Company Match
- Professional Development
- Tuition Remission
- Employee Assistance Program
- Paid Time Off
Who we are:
Doane Academy, founded in 1837, is an independent Episcopal day school serving students from age 3 through grade 12 in Burlington, New Jersey. The student body currently includes 243 students. Doane maintains a deep commitment to academic excellence, leadership, the arts, athletics, and character development. We are located on the banks of the Delaware River, about 30 minutes from Philadelphia and slightly over an hour from New York City.
Teaching at Doane is a unique and special experience. I enjoy the flexibility and freedom that comes with teaching here; I can change and adjust my curriculum however I see fit. Most of all, the family atmosphere is amazing. I love being able to bring my dog to soccer games and cheer on my students.”
- Amy McMinn - Upper School History Teacher
“This year I went with flexible seating in my classroom and my kiddos love it. If you walk into my classroom, you might see us going over a tough math equation, you may also find us doing yoga or practicing our public speaking skills. My 5th graders are challenged to think of how they learn best and develop as leaders; they even take the responsibility of being ambassadors for the school when people come to visit. I love being able to teach the whole child at Doane.”
- Kathleen Megahan 5th grade teacher
“Middle School is a vital time of growth and development. Students are learning who they are and questioning the world around them. At Doane, I have always been able to provide Middle Schoolers with socially and emotionally appropriate tools to find themselves. We set out time in our schedule to have intentional conversations about mental health, diversity, and faith. When students fall short of expectations, we address them in a stern yet restorative way. At Doane, our aim is not to make kids feel bad for making mistakes, but to help them grow and develop into strong upper-school students. I am so thankful to work in a place where I can put the individual needs of the child first.”
- Donte Milligan, Head of Middle School
Faculty members teach in one or more of the three divisions (Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School). In both Middle School and Upper School, the standard teaching load is 4 classes, advisory, and lunch duty. Some faculty members teach an extra section and others take on administrative responsibilities, coaching, and/or club supervision. A Lower School classroom teacher, depending on their grade, will have a much different type of schedule. Lower school teachers are expected to have a homeroom, teach all academic classes, and have lunch duty. Lower School teachers are given planning time during specials and Pre-K and Kindergarten have nap time daily.
Faculty members at Doane play vital roles in our student life. Many faculty members coach, run clubs during the day, and organize community events like Harry Potter Night and the STEAM Fair. It's fair to say faculty members wear a lot of different hats, which means they get to know our students in different ways. We all know the way a student carries themself in the classroom isn’t necessarily how a student acts on the athletic field. Being visible and involved both in and out of the classroom allows us to make strong connections with our students.
At Doane, faculty members are encouraged and fully supported to pursue professional development that will enhance their curriculum and benefit their students. Faculty members have attended workshops through NJAIS, POCC, CSEE, NAIS, and more. Doane supports faculty professional development by allocating funds to allow as many staff as feasible to attend the training of their choosing.
“Professional development for me has been a huge part of my personal and professional growth and Doane has been fully supportive of my endeavors in that respect. Attending POCC in my first year opened my eyes to all of the possibilities that a career in independent schools could offer. Since then I have been appointed to be the Director of DEI and have moved our school forward exponentially in recognizing and affirming our diverse learners. In a true full-circle moment, I returned to POCC this year to present on a national stage what we have been doing. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities Doane has given me.”
- Julian Cook; Director of Diversity, Justice, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
Our Upper School and Middle School students each receive Chromebooks or bring their own device to school. Additionally, each faculty member is equipped with their own Pixelbook device. Teachers actively integrate technology in the classroom and teach students how to responsibly use technology.
- Colleen McCormick, History Department Chair, Bowling Coach, 8th grade advisor.