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Careers at Potomac

Grow Your Passion at Potomac

Embodying Potomac’s core values – courage, humility, integrity, respect, and perseverance

Careers at Potomac
Careers at Potomac
Careers at Potomac

Equal Opportunity Employer

In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We are an equal opportunity employer. We look forward to hearing from you.

Careers at Potomac

Recognized as one of the premier independent day schools in the nation, The Potomac School is distinguished by its emphasis on excellent teaching and its vibrant, engaged community.

Potomac faculty and staff are among the finest in the country, in part because they work at a school that allows their unique passions and personalities to thrive. The teachers here are experts in their respective fields, with more than 75% holding advanced degrees. Our employees also get a great professional boost from working with dedicated, highly-skilled colleagues and mentors.

If the idea of being a part of this dynamic learning community inspires you… if you believe you have what it takes to make a positive difference in the life of our school and the lives of our students… we’d like to hear from you! Take a look at the open positions below and consider all that The Potomac School has to offer, including:

  • Competitive salaries and generous benefits
  • A commitment to supporting your continued professional growth
  • A support structure that will help you succeed and thrive as a member of our community
  • A rewarding work environment that offers you the opportunity to make a difference every day!

Job Openings

Employment Application

Qualified applicants should complete the online application which includes uploading a cover letter and resume. Please contact the HR Department with any questions regarding any open positions.

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Apply for General Consideration

We appreciate your interest in working at The Potomac School. If you do not see a current vacancy that fits your interests, but would still like to submit your materials for review, we welcome you to complete this application for general consideration. Please indicate your areas of interest on your cover letter or resume. 

Unless otherwise indicated, this general application will not serve as a substitute for an official job application for a position posted on our careers site. Please check back periodically for specific job openings and to submit an official job application for your position of interest if and/or when there is an opening.

If you have any questions about employment, please email the Human Resources Department.

General Consideration

Meet Our Faculty

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Dr. Donnette Echols

Head of Lower School

The early childhood years are where we teach students to dream while they are awake. Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

During my very first visit to the Potomac Lower School, I knew it was a perfect place for me. I saw students being encouraged to invent algorithms and write their own kindergarten how-to books. When I got an opportunity to join in on the fun while being served a bamboo salad on the playground, I was hooked.  Imagination requires the use of our whole brain, which increases our students' problem-solving abilities, social-emotional development, and empathy quotient.  I love that the Potomac Lower School encourages students to use their imagination to speak their dreams into existence.

I knew that I wanted to be an educator since I was five years old when my favorite at-home activity was pretending to teach my siblings and my teddy bears.  I consider it a badge of honor that most of my life has been spent in schools.  After college, I began my teaching career as a middle school mathematics teacher and found my love of early childhood while in graduate school.  Shortly after completing my doctoral studies, I became the founding Head of School for an early childhood school that grew into a preschool to a Grade 8 parochial school during my eighteen-year tenure.  

I love the natural curiosity, the kindness, and the willingness to take academic risks of our youngest learners. I am elated to be back to exclusively focusing on the Lower School, where we teach students to dream while they are awake.

My husband, Mark, and I have five children and two grandchildren.  Our youngest son, Donovan, will be an incoming Potomac 9th grader.

Mr. John Mathews

Head of Middle School

"Fourth, fifth, and sixth grades are really the 'golden years' of education."

I've been at Potomac for over a decade, but I can still remember the excitement I felt at my interview. At the end of the first of the two days, I called my wife and gushed, "Oh man, I hope I can work at Potomac. Today I visited a dozen classes, and in each of them the students were fully engaged in projects. The only time I saw a teacher stop the activity was to clearly and succinctly introduce a new project." Over the past years, this active learning is what I've seen consistently throughout our classrooms, and it's a large part of what makes me love working at Potomac.

After graduating from college and feeling a bit undecided about what I would "do" now that I was "grown up," I traveled to Kansas City to teach in a summer program for educationally at-risk public school adolescents. I was immediately bitten by the teaching bug--I taught biology, algebra, literature, ultimate frisbee, and improvisational acting to rising 7th graders. It was surely the toughest thing I'd ever done, but also by far the most fulfilling. After a year of misery in the business world, I was lucky enough to return to a school environment,serving as an assistant teacher at Grace Church School in New York City. That was over 20 years ago, and I've been an educator ever since, spending the first 10 years as a classroom teacher and the last decade-plus as an administrator.

I knew when I started at Potomac as head of Middle School that I had the best role in the place--fourth, fifth, and sixth grades are really the "golden years" of education, and our teachers help to facilitate an optimal learning situation in the classrooms, on the fields, and on the stage. Little did I know then that things would soon come full circle, and that in 2015, I would be back working with adolescents like those I had taught in Kansas City, and that I would potentially adore the seventh and eighth grades as much or even more. I supervised both Middle and Intermediate Schools simultaneously for four years (with a lot of help!), and learned so much in that time about child development, the beauty of the connection between Potomac teacher and Potomac student at multiple ages, and about myself and my capacities to juggle many balls in the air. That said, I am overjoyed to return to my "home" in Middle School, and see the division through our upcoming renovation project as well as supporting its growth academically.

Mr. Douglas McLane

Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid

Mr. Ryan Woods

Head of Intermediate School

”No two days are the same when you work with adolescents, and that is what I love most about working with seventh and eighth grade students. Their spirit, passion, and energy are infectious, and I can’t imagine spending my days any other way -- except being a rock star.”

For the entirety of my career I have worked in independent schools and with middle school students. I am incredibly excited to start my first year as the Head of the Intermediate School at Potomac after six years as the Head of Middle School at Alexandria Country Day School. Throughout my time in education I have coached soccer, basketball and baseball at the Middle and Upper School levels, and before becoming a full time school administrator I taught physical education, health and wellness, and seventh grade life science.

In my spare time I enjoy exercising, playing the guitar, reading about education, and listening to live music. My wife is the Upper School Director of Student Support Services  at Potomac and our two daughters will become Panthers this fall.

Ms. Gladys Alfaro Moisa

Lower School Math Specialist

"I am passionate about infusing math with art and thinking routines. I also love all kinds of making and design thinking. However, my greatest passion and joy as an educator is building strong connections with my students and their families!"

My 27-year teaching career began in El Salvador where I taught at private Catholic schools, and the American and British Schools. I have taught PK, Kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and sixth grade, and a brief stint as a College professor at Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador. 

In 2001, I took a year off from teaching to work as an Academic Consultant for Cambridge University Press. As an academic consultant, I got to live in Guatemala and traveled to Mexico and throughout Central America and Panama providing professional development to ESL/EFL teachers. It was a wonderful experience, but I missed being in the classroom!

I first came to the USA in 2002 as a member of  VIF (Visiting International Faculty Program). In 2006, I was honored as Wake County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Wake County is one of the largest counties in North Carolina. I moved to the DC area to work at Sidwell Friends School where I spent 10 years as a Third Grade Teacher. 

This year, I am embarking on a new adventure as the K-1st Grade Math Coordinator at The Potomac School. I am passionate about infusing math with art and thinking routines. I also love all kinds of making and design thinking. However, my greatest passion and joy as an educator is building strong connections with my students and their families!

I am a self-taught artist. I create paintings that proudly show my Latino traditions and culture. I was a featured artist for Hispanic Heritage Month at the Office of Multicultural Affairs at University of North Carolina Greensboro, and served as a Latino Community Advisory Board for the North Carolina Museum of History.

I live in Rockville, Maryland with my daughter Isabel, and our two cats Lola and Gabi. Isabel and I love traveling! One of our goals is to visit all major archaeological sites in Latin America.

Ms. Yuching Chung

Grade 5 Teacher

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

Growth Mindset, Student Agency, Inclusion and Social Emotional Learning have always been the most important pillars of my classroom culture. I was born in Taiwan, raised in Japan and have spent most of my adult life in the US which led me to become fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and English. Because of these experiences, I strive to show my students that struggles and mistakes are so crucial for our brain growth yet learning is a lifelong joy and journey. 

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Japan and taught in Florida and California. After moving to Virginia and starting at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, I served as a 4th and 5th grade homeroom teacher, where I taught Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies and as a Resource Teacher at, where I helped with curriculum building as well as coaching other teachers. I continued to help build the curriculum as well as being a 5th grade homeroom teacher at Whittle School and Studios. All of my students really enjoyed our interdisciplinary projects that integrated all the subjects, service projects and solutions to achieve United Nation Sustainable Development Goals.

When not teaching, you can find me giving presentations about unique teaching strategies and techniques. In the past three years, I have participated in seven different local and national conferences. I also enjoy reading, swimming, yoga and hiking with my two teenage children.

Mr. Greg Mueller

Grade 7 Dean and Intermediate School Science Teacher

"I always had a passion for both the outdoors and disassembling things to discover how they worked."

At an early age I knew that a career in science was my desired path. I always had a passion for both the outdoors and disassembling things to discover how they worked. I am originally from New Jersey but moved away to Clemson University in South Carolina and earned my degree in secondary science teaching in biological sciences. I spent the next four years teaching 7th and 8th grade science in both North Carolina and Virginia public schools, and then I was an environmental educator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for a year. I was the 4th and 5th grade science teacher at Potomac before relocating to the Intermediate School, where I teach life science and advise a group of 7th graders. In the summer I change roles and direct the day-to-day operations of Summer Programs. I enjoy teaching children in the outdoors using inquiry-based and hands-on techniques. I live in Burke, VA, with my wife, Erin, and two children, Jake and Isaiah. In my spare time I like to build (when I am not taking things apart), and my home improvement project skills have increased exponentially. My favorite time is spent in the outdoors with my family.

Ms. Suzanne Bailey

Upper School English Teacher and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator

“The intellectual energy, inclusivity and culture of kindness at Potomac have challenged and nurtured me as both a teacher and a learner over the past several years.”

The Potomac students I met when I interviewed in the spring of 2009 for an English position convinced me there was no other place I wanted to teach. While most independent schools have a mission similar to ours, these students were testament to the authenticity of Potomac’s philosophy. Indeed, the intellectual energy, inclusivity and culture of kindness at Potomac have challenged and nurtured me as both a teacher and a learner over the past several years. While I’m entering my ninth year at Potomac, my roots in the DC area and independent schools run even deeper.

After graduating from Holton-Arms in 1987, I headed to Brown University, where I played soccer and lacrosse with the same passion that I studied literature. I earned my bachelor’s in American civilization, with a focus on studying history through literature. In soccer, my teammates and I captured four Ivy League titles. New England became my second home, and I remained there for nearly 20 years, 17 of which I spent at Providence Country Day School teaching English, advising, coaching soccer and lacrosse, and finally serving as PCD's director of admission. Through coursework over several summers I earned my master’s degree from Georgetown University. With the encouragement of an inspiring professor, I wrote my thesis on athletics, learning and spirituality.

Surgical records confirm the adage that as an athlete I “left everything on the field;"thus, my physical pursuits today are low impact. I enjoy spinning, practicing Bikram yoga, and spending as much time as possible on my paddleboard or in my kayak. In fact, kayaking has helped me find Savasana—“stillness between the postures”—which can be the most elusive pose for me both on and off the yoga mat. Being on the water slows life down and provides the opportunity for reflection. I’m also energized by spending time with friends and family (four-legged members included!) and traveling whenever possible.

Mrs. Deirdre Furr

Grade 6 Teacher

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” –William Butler Yeats

I am local to the area, having grown up in Fairfax County and graduated from Stone Ridge in Bethesda. I attended Boston College, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and my Master of Education in curriculum and instruction. After graduating, I worked at a parochial school in Rockville, MD, where I taught fifth grade. Later, I moved to Oxford, Mississippi, to achieve my M.B.A. from the University of Mississippi. Upon returning to the area, I worked at a school in Tenleytown, where I taught science labs to kindergartners through fifth graders and science to sixth through eighth graders. When that school’s door closed, it opened one for me at Potomac.

Potomac has encouraged my growth as a teacher and as a member of the greater school community. Potomac has become my home away from home. Not only am I a faculty member, but I am a Potomac parent as well. I look forward to watching my sons grow and learn in such a wonderful and caring learning environment.

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our two sons, and our dogs, Sherlock and Rennie. We love old cars and spending time outdoors.

Ms. Sara Matey

Grade 8 Dean & Intermediate School Latin Teacher

"My teaching career actually began at Potomac as a paternity substitute for an Upper School Latin teacher. I was so grateful to be able to return to this community full time and call it home since 2015."

I grew up outside Philadelphia and attended a small Quaker school. It was in this tight-knit community that my teachers first encouraged me to seek the answers to difficult questions, engage with teachers as equals, and always aspire to learn more. I feel very fortunate to have landed at Potomac, where the same ideals are valued. In my own teaching, I strive to empower student voice, promote empathy, and instill a similar love of learning and inquiry.

I attended Franklin & Marshall College and earned a BA in Latin and a minor in classical archaeology and ancient history. I fell in love with the Latin language and thoroughly enjoy bringing it to life for my students. I also teach a humanities course, Frameworks of Identity, that encourages students to consider who they are, and how their actions impact their community.

Outside the classroom, I love to travel and explore the world. I spent a semester living in Edinburgh, a summer in Tuscany on an archeological dig, and I often spend my summers leading student travel groups.