Rye Country Day is a coeducational, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, independent day school that offers faculty a very competitive compensation and benefits package, including extensive support for professional development. For all teaching positions, a bachelor's degree is required, and an advanced degree is preferred. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 years teaching experience. We encourage a diverse pool of candidates to apply.

Rye Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Current Openings

Percussion Teacher

Part Time Percussion Teacher


  • Higher education degree, with extensive coursework and excellence in music
  • Experience working with young people as a teacher or in another leadership position
  • Reliability and consistency in working with students
  • Flexibility, creativity and organizational skills are needed, as is a high sense of professionalism

The Percussion Teacher primarily teaches lessons as part of the Private Lesson Program. In addition, the Teacher may teach group lessons in the 5th grade Band program and introductory groups lesson to the 4th graders at the end of the year. Lessons are scheduled both during the school day and afterschool and are numbers are subject to the enrollment in the program. Lesson times are scheduled at the availability of student and teacher, but as the school day schedule is on a 6-day rotation, the teacher will need to be available on a variety of days of the week during the school day. Teachers are paid on a per lesson basis, monthly.

To apply for any of these open positions, please email a current resume and cover letter to employment@ryecountryday.org.

Benefits Overview

What do current faculty say about working at RCDS?

Mary Marcell, Head, Music Department

I teach at Rye Country Day because I get to realize so many of my musical and pedagogical visions. Rye Country Day School has supported me in so many creative projects. I feel that I've been offered tremendous freedom to program repertoire and realize my musical projects... As for professional development, RCDS has supported me in vastly different types of study: from American Choral Directors conferences to a workshop at the Oregon Bach Festival to African drumming workshops to private voice lessons. I know of no school more supportive of professional development and more understanding of the profound effect of personal growth on one's teaching. I also really enjoy the students here at RCDS. In some schools, students are pigeonholed into single areas of interest: "scholars" or "musicians" or "athletes." Here, students participate across all sorts of complementary and contrasting programs. For example, the captain of the football team might easily also be a member of choir and do extensive volunteer work. This translates into teaching really interesting students. We spend a good deal of time with our students, and it's fun to teach such great people.

Ileana Hernandez Carafas, Upper School Spanish

While every day brings challenges to the classroom, some that are new and exciting and others that require a traditional approach, I am secure in the knowledge that my efforts are respected and appreciated. At RCDS, I have the freedom to be creative and autonomous with the complete endorsement of both the administration and my colleagues. I find great encouragement to pursue my interests in art and diversity, as well as furthering my own education and professional growth. Most important for me is that, although my days are filled with the demands of teaching, the moments spent in conversation with a student outside of the classroom are the true rewards.

Aundrea Smith, Grade Four Teacher

When I had the opportunity to enter Rye Country Day School for the first time, I witnessed a strong unified community. As I observed the teachers in action, I saw a great deal of support and motivation, not only from teacher to student, but also from teacher to teacher. Coming to work every day is a pleasure because I know I am not alone. My colleagues continue to share and learn wonderful tools that help them not only become better educators, but also help those around them thrive. I get so much joy out of teaching; working at RCDS I am surrounded by a school culture that represents individuals who feel the same joy that I do.

Debra Simpson, Lower School

I am the Lower School science teacher for pre-kindergarten through fourth grade at Rye Country Day School, have been here for many years now, and have LOVED every moment of my teaching career here. Before becoming part of the RCDS family, I taught for ten years in different states, at different schools, and at different grade levels. Of all my teaching experiences, I have found this school the most supportive, both professionally and personally. Professionally, I daily have the opportunity to work both with colleagues who are eager to collaborate and enrich students' learning and with an administration that supports my curriculum decisions. Personally, I feel uplifted, valued, and constantly intellectually stimulated by the entire RCDS community.