GCDS recruits nationally to attract exceptionally talented teachers who combine a deep knowledge of their subject area with the ability to spark their students’ interest and imagination.
Whether our teachers are creating a new, more challenging class project, writing their own textbook, or organizing a field trip that connects their students’ studies with the wider world, GCDS teachers exemplify the initiative, integrity, and commitment to excellence we seek to cultivate in our students.
Their dedicated effort is at the heart of Country Day's success, as Headmaster Rohdie noted in his 2011 Annual Dinner Speech: "True growth is not easy or comfortable. And yet our teachers have embraced this challenge. They are leading from the front. And that makes all the difference because you can add technology, rearrange the classroom, and add new projects, but unless every teacher embraces this willingness to grow, the right signals won’t get through to your children. What our teachers are doing—the way they are jumping in and taking risks for growth—that is what makes everything else possible.”
A Commitment to Continuous Learning
The best teachers are great learners, and at Country Day there is a school-wide commitment to continuous learning. In addition to supporting graduate study and opportunities to attend conferences and workshops, GCDS has recently introduced an innovative professional development program that enables teachers to collaborate in small groups on an on-going basis to improve their teaching skills. The result is an immediate, positive impact on student learning.
More than 50% of Country Day's teaching faculty hold advanced degrees.