Teaching at Sycamore


Sycamore School is an independent, co-educational day school, accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, that serves the needs of over 400 academically gifted students in preschool through grade 8.  Founded in 1985, Sycamore is the only school in Indiana, and one of few in the nation, where the entire program is designed to meet the needs of gifted learners. Dedicated and talented teachers provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which engaged students experience a challenging, enriched, and accelerated program in a beautiful facility.
Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, current resume, copies of degrees and licenses if applicable, a list of three professional references, and a list of salary history, and salary requirements to:
Julie Szolek-Van Valkenburgh, Human Resource Coordinator

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
Please note that no phone calls or walk-ins will be accepted for these positions.

Why Teach at Sycamore?

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    Our teachers and administrators know and care for one another.

    Our teachers, whether they have five years or 50 years of classroom experience, learn together and mentor one another.

    Respect, empathy, moral courage, and relationships civility are all part of the Sycamore experience for teachers and staff as well as students.

    Sycamore endeavors to attract teachers and students from a variety of backgrounds and supports diverse ideas and opinions.

    Sycamore teachers are encouraged to pursue their passions and develop their knowledge through experiences ranging from conferences to travel.

    Sycamore students are engaged learners who seek purpose and excellence.

    Students and teachers have opportunities to build important relationships in an intimate learning environment.

    Sycamore teachers are empowered to build an innovative and enriching curriculum that will change children's lives.

Sycamore earns Top Workplace Award for 2023

Sycamore School has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2023 honor by The Indianapolis Star Top Workplaces. It is the third time (2014, 2019, 2023) that Sycamore has earned this honor. We are also the only Top Workplace organization that was selected in the Primary/Secondary School sector. Of the 123 Top Workplace winners, Sycamore is one of just eight non-profit organizations recognized.

The award was a joint venture from  employee engagement technology company Energage and the Indianapolis Star. The confidential survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection.

 “I’m very proud,” says Sycamore’s Diane Borgmann, who has served as Head of School since 2009. “The unanimous focus on our mission and its delivery unites our faculty and staff in every way, and we are passionate about what we do. Through this award, we’ll be able to share with others why we love our school and why Sycamore is a great place for both kids and teachers!”

Job Openings

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  • Educational Technology Specialist

    This is a full-time teaching position for the 2023-2024 school year. The Educational Technology Specialist is a special area teacher who is responsible for providing instruction to students in the subject of computers, programs, and other related technology to Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School students (Kindergarten through Grade 6).
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  • Preschool Teacher

    This is a full-time teaching position in one of our preschool classrooms for the 2023-2024 school year.  In your role as lead teacher, you will be expected to collaborate with your fellow colleagues to bring preschool to life for our students.
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  • 2nd Grade Teaching Assistant

    Sycamore School seeks a 2nd Grade Teaching Assistant for its Lower School Division for the remainder of the 2023 - 2024 school year.
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  • Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

    Sycamore School seeks a Pre-Kindergarten teaching assistant for its early childhood division for the 2023-2024 school year.
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  • Preschool Teaching Assistant

    Sycamore School has an opening for a Preschool Teaching Assistant position in its Early Childhood Division for the 2023-2024 school year. 
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  • Media Center Assistant

    This is a full-time position in our Media Center for the 2023-2024 school year.  The Media Center Assistant works with the Media Specialist and the Technology Integration Specialist to maintain a current collection of media resources and deliver media services to the school population. The Media Assistant also works with students, both in small and large group settings, and will be called upon to lead the Media Center any time that the lead Media Center faculty members are absent.
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  • Sycamore School - Substitute

    The primary purpose of a Sycamore School substitute is to provide coverage for absent classroom teachers and assistants as needed, primarily in Early Childhood and Lower School Divisions. 
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Eligible faculty members may participate in the school’s benefits plan. Benefits can vary slightly depending on your faculty employment category.

Health insurance
Dental insurance
Vision discount program
Health club discount
Wellness program 
Annual flu vaccines
Maternity/paternity/adoption leave
FMLA leave
Discounted summer and after school programs

Generous professional development budget
Professional development days
New teacher mentor program
Faculty/Staff Advisory Committee

Life insurance 
Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
Disability insurance
TIAA-CREF defined contribution retirement annuity with matching school contribution
TIAA-CREF supplemental retirement annuity

Paid time off
Computer loans

Employment FAQ

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  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants

    Teachers at Sycamore School are hired on the basis of their training, experience, personalities, and their perceived enthusiasm and energy for teaching. Lead teachers typically have a license to teach and several years of successful teaching experience. Teachers hired at Sycamore who do not have specific training in gifted education are asked to get that training at school expense in a timely manner.

    Teaching assistants at Sycamore School are in every classroom up through fourth grade. In the Middle School (grades 5-8) there are shared assistants in some subjects. Specialists teach music, art, Spanish, physical education, and technology at all grade levels. Teaching assistants in Early Childhood and Lower School often have the same training as lead teachers, but assistants sometimes have training in other professional fields.

    The assistants work under the direction of their classroom teachers, interacting with students in many instructional activities, on field trips, and by providing class supervision at special events. The teaching assistant position is often an ideal way for a young teacher to gain experience when a full-time teaching job does not appear elsewhere. Other assistants find that this is a way to participate professionally in school life without the ultimate responsibility of a lead teacher.

    Teachers and assistants are sought out by the Division Heads in Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School. The Division Heads screen résumés and conducts preliminary interviews. Finalists are interviewed by teachers and the Head of School. When possible, teacher candidates are asked to teach a sample lesson to a class of Sycamore School students.
  • Other School Employees

    Other staff members support Sycamore teachers in their work. The purpose of all non-teaching positions at Sycamore School is to support and facilitate the teachers’ work with students and parents.

    The procedure for hiring non-teaching staff members varies with the position being filled. Administrators are hired by the Head of School, following procedures that he/she believes are most appropriate for the position to be filled.
  • The Hiring Process

    The typical hiring process involves résumé reviews, interviews, reference checks, and a police background check. For administrative positions, there is usually consultation within the school involving a broader base of school constituents.

    All hiring at Sycamore is formalized through a contract or a letter of agreement issued by the Head of School. The Head of School is hired by the Sycamore School Board of Trustees; all other employment and staff management is the Head’s responsibility, in concert with relevant members of the administration.
Indiana’s Only Accredited, Private, Independent Preschool - 8th Grade School for Gifted Students