About AOS

Annunciation Orthodox School is an independent coeducational day school in the Museum/Montrose area of Houston, Texas. Founded in 1970 as a ministry of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, AOS is a Christian-based school that embraces all faiths and serves over 690 children from preschool through eighth grade. AOS offers a challenging academic curriculum within a nurturing Christian environment that encompasses a balance of academic, spiritual, physical, and social experiences that enrich students’ lives. In addition to preparing students academically, AOS works in partnership with parents to lay solid foundations for life as we help to develop “the whole child.” As our motto suggests, we are a school for hearts and minds.

Annunciation Orthodox School considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, marital or veteran status, the presence of a medical condition, disability, or any other legally-protected status. We are an equal opportunity employer.


Why Work at AOS?

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  • Teacher Longevity

    Our average teacher tenure is 15 years. Once a teacher comes to AOS, they never want to teach anywhere else!
  • Access to Materials

    With a strong commitment to teacher support by both the administration and the parent community, teachers have access to a wide array of teaching resources and materials.

    “AOS allows me to 'refresh' different learning centers in my classroom with new materials when needed - learning manipulatives, dress-up clothes, books, art supplies, and even a set of iPads." - Lucy DiNunzio, Delphi Teacher

    "With the support from AOS, my classroom and students are blessed with an AVer interactive flat panel, iPad applications that assist with research, a class set of Chromebooks that are utilized for lab summaries, and supplies for a variety of lab projects and demonstrations." - Lucy Barnard, 6th Grade Science Teacher
  • Professional Development

    AOS provides a generous amount of professional development for each of its employees. Through the Bid from the Heart Fund and the Mark Kelly Endowment for Professional Development, AOS will remain a place that believes in the continuing education and development of its employees. The forms of professional development that are supported are wide and varied and include conference fees and travel, support for advanced degrees, and weekly teacher-led meetings that encourage cross-departmental collaboration.
  • Competitive Pay

    Fully aware of the financial pressures that come with being a teacher in the United States of America, AOS is dedicated to a wide range of practices that keep our faculty in a happy, healthy, and balanced life. One of those practices is providing competitive pay. We reject the common practice of offering lower faculty wages due to being an independent school and typically offer more competitive salaries than traditional public schools.
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package

    • Medical Insurance (98% funded by AOS)
    • Dental Insurance (fully funded by AOS)
    • Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance (fully funded by AOS)
    • Life and AD&D Insurance (fully funded by AOS)
    • Flexible Spending Account for medical and dependent care expenses
    • Retirement Plan - Employees can begin making contributions immediately. Then, after one-year of employment, AOS makes contributions regardless if the employee contributes while also matching employee contributions.
    • Free lunch every school day in our world-class dining hall! Click here to see our lunch menu.
    • Paid Holidays (federal and school)
    • Paid Personal Days (for all employees)
    • Paid Vacation (for 12-month employees only)
    • Compassionate Leave
    • Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)

Immediate Openings

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  • Director of Admissions (Interim)

    Annunciation Orthodox School (AOS) seeks a dynamic, professional, passionate individual to lead our admissions team. The ideal candidate will have prior admissions experience or experience in a relatable school leadership position. This person will continue a legacy of providing families with an authentic, nurturing admissions experience as prospective families learn about AOS and the private school admissions process. The Director of Admissions reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the school leadership team.

    Work Schedule: The Director of Admissions is expected to work year-round each weekday, some evenings, and some weekends as necessary for the completion of the duties of the role.  
    Attitudes/Beliefs/Behaviors

    • Ability to work collaboratively in an accepting, collegial manner
    • Ability to think critically and creatively
    • Aptitude for building relational capacity with students, staff, and families
    • Understanding of faith-based education and support of the School’s Mission

    Responsibilities

    • Lead and organize the admissions team in service of the team’s goals and responsibilities
    • Learn and promote the culture and climate of the school and the broader educational environment
    • Foster high ethical standards, integrity, and respect for colleagues, alumni, parents, and students throughout the admissions process, including maintaining confidentiality when appropriate
    • Formulate and enact forward-thinking admission and enrollment policies
    • Work with Director of Communications to update print and online marketing materials and develop a plan to reach targeted audiences, including identifying and implementing modern technologies
    • Coordinate, communicate, and conduct tours and open houses for prospective parents
    • Maintain and present accurate data throughout the admissions season, including records of applications, enrollment, & attrition
    • Coordinate admissions testing and evaluation process, including materials, interviews, and campus visits
    • Develop relationships with peer schools and maintain communication regarding applications, evaluation dates, and other pertinent information
    • Coordinate and facilitate the Admissions Committee process for candidate selection
    • Facilitate communication of admissions decisions
    • Plan and facilitate the onboarding process for new students and families, including information dissemination, event planning, and orientation process
    • Coordinate the re-enrollment process, including contract distribution
    • Actively participate in school culture, traditions, and functions
    • Serve as the primary contact for the school’s uniform supplier

    Qualifications and Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
    • Five to seven years of experience in education, preferably in admissions
    • Proven success in a senior administrative role, preferably working with a board
    • Demonstrated leadership qualities
    • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
    • Experience with data collection and management software

    Please provide the following information to this email address:    resume@aoshouston.org
    • A cover letter
    • Resume
    • The contact information of at least three references

2019-2020 Openings

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  • Extended Day Counselor

    Annunciation Orthodox School is looking for qualified candidates for Extended
    Day Counselors.  Counselors are needed to work with children 3 years old - 8th
    grade from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Extended Day Center Counselors help to
    support a flexible program and create an environment favorable to learning and
    personal growth.  They bring a creative and energetic quality and encourage
    children to learn through activities and experiences.
    Job Requirements:
    As with all openings, the School seeks candidates who are eager to support the Mission of Annunciation Orthodox School, as we develop the “hearts and minds” of our students.
    To be considered for this position, qualified candidates will meet the following  requirements:
    • Must be 18 years or older
    • High School Diploma or equivalent
    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not required
    • Experience working with children in an aftercare, summer camp or similar environment
    • Ability to write and speak effectively
    • Ability to work well with other teachers and families
    Please email your resume and cover letter to resume@aoshouston.org.

General Positions - Always Accepting Applications

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  • Elementary School Teacher

    Annunciation Orthodox School (AOS) seeks elementary teachers who demonstrate proficiencies in both progressive and traditional pedagogies while consistently utilizing child-centered techniques. Strong candidates will be energetic, organized, passionate about lifelong learning, and dedicated to developing students’ character. AOS is a dynamic work environment looking to add new ideas and hard work in the service of our students.

    AOS seeks candidates who are eager to support the School’s Mission as we develop the “hearts and minds” of our students.
    Reports to: Head of Lower School
    Status: Salaried/Exempt
    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-3:30 PM with additional time as needed for meetings and professional development.

    Responsibilities:
    ● Create a positive, supportive learning environment.
    ● Create developmentally appropriate, standards-aligned, research-based lesson plans and instructional activities for use in the classroom.
    ● Differentiate lessons and instructional activities to support various student needs.
    ● Observe and evaluate student performance. Maintain grade/record books.
    ● Utilize curricula that reflect the diverse educational, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds of the students served.
    ● Build relationships and communicate with parents and colleagues.
    ● Manage student behavior in the classroom by invoking approved and age-appropriate disciplinary procedures.
    ● Encourage communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.
    ● Actively engage in various forms of professional development.
    ● Model Christian morals, values, ethics, attitudes, and behaviors.

    Qualifications:
    ● Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in elementary education
    ● Minimum three (3) years of teaching experience
    ● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    ● Strong commitment to student progress and success
    ● Knowledge of current best practices in elementary education, as well as a working knowledge of technology (We are a Google school.)
    ● Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

    Please provide the following information to this email address:    resume@aoshouston.org
    • A cover letter
    • Resume
    • The contact information of at least three references
  • Substitute Nurse

    Annunciation Orthodox School is looking for qualified candidates for substitute nurses.  This work schedule would be on an “as needed” basis.
    Requirements include:
    • Valid Texas LVN or RN License
    • Minimum of one year of pediatric or school nursing experience
    • Current CPR Certification
    • IDDM experience (Pen and Pump)
    This person will need to be responsible and detail oriented.  They will be interacting with children, parents and educational professionals so they must be able to communicate easily at all levels.  Finally, this person will need to be able to work independently.

    Please email your resume and cover letter to resume@aoshouston.org.
  • Substitute Teachers

    Annunciation Orthodox School uses Charter School Teacher Network ("CSTN") for finding and assigning all of its substitutes.  If you are interested in substituting for Annunciation Orthodox School, please contact CSTN.
  • General Inquiry Applications

    Annunciation Orthodox School accepts general inquiry application submissions. Please send your resume to resume@aoshouston.org. We keep resumes on file for one year. We will contact you directly should a position come available within that time.

Employee Testimonials

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      Matthew Panozzo, 7th Grade English

      "We're allowed to take risks with our curriculum and teaching. I've always been supported in trying something new or taking a different approach to teaching. That amount of trust empowers me as an educator."

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  • Read Matthew's full testimonial.

    What is the most interesting thing about working here and about the work you do?

    I really enjoy working at AOS because the students have varied interests that they bring into the classroom. For example, students will bring in their passion for gaming or computer technology to discuss how a scene in a book is similar to a quest in their game. I also like that we celebrate student achievements whether it's sports, music, or academics.

    What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

    1. Agape. This assembly-style time builds a sense of community as we share announcements in front of the whole Middle School student body. It also provides a space for students to practice public speaking as well as celebrating student achievements.
    2. Close-Knit community. In my two years here, I've seen agape in action through the way our community has supported those affected by Hurricane Harvey and through our work with various non-profits in Houston. Parents, students, and teachers come together to support each other and to support the local community.
    3. We're allowed to take risks with our curriculum and teaching. I've always been supported in trying something new or taking a different approach to teaching. That amount of trust empowers me as an educator.
    When you tell people about your job, what’s one thing that surprises them or gets them excited about the work you do?

    My teacher friends are always impressed by the level of freedom and trust we are given as teachers.
     
    • "The school offers great benefits which I take full advantage of to get great healthcare and plan for my future. Lunch is provided for all faculty and staff which makes such a difference when I’m preparing for the day in the morning. I feel that AOS values its staff and goes to great lengths to take care of them."
      Kim Chapman, 2nd Grade

      "The school offers great benefits which I take full advantage of to get great healthcare and plan for my future. Lunch is provided for all faculty and staff which makes such a difference when I’m preparing for the day in the morning. I feel that AOS values its staff and goes to great lengths to take care of them."

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  • Read Kim's full testimonial.

    AOS lets you be the best teacher you can be. I have the freedom to explore new teaching methods and to be flexible within my classroom. I have a supportive team, and the administration allows me to grow as an educator with professional development opportunities and in-house training. I have all the tools I need to do my job to best of my ability.

    When I first arrived at AOS, I had only lived in the US for 4 months. I felt instantly welcomed by the AOS community and found that sense of belonging I had been looking for. People genuinely want to get to know you and are always willing to help you out. The school offers great benefits which I take full advantage of to get great healthcare and plan for my future. Lunch is provided for all faculty and staff which makes such a difference when I’m preparing for the day in the morning. I feel that AOS values its staff and goes to great lengths to take care of them.

    AOS is the “school for hearts and minds,” and we teach the whole child. Our curriculum is not just focused on academics - we encompass children’s spiritual, physical, emotional, and social learning, too. AOS gives me the time, opportunities, and resources I need to fulfill this mission and give my students a well-rounded education. We are not only teaching students, but we are also preparing them to become responsible members of society.

    I knew as soon as I walked around the AOS campus that this was a place I wanted to work. I would recommend that anyone thinking of applying for a position here take a visit around the school. As you walk around you will feel the buzz of excitement, see the happy faces, and hear the cheerful chatter.

    AOS does everything to a high standard, and my family and friends are always blown away when I tell them about our school events. Whether it’s the Olympics, pep rallies, productions, or fundraisers, AOS always goes all out to make it the best it can be. I love being part of a community that strives for the best at every possible opportunity.
     
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      George Turley, Physical Education & Coach

      "Be prepared for one of the most fulfilling and life-changing experiences you've ever had. AOS is unlike other independent schools in that it hasn't grown to a size where it has lost its identity. It continues to educate both the heart and the mind! AOS is family."

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  • Read George's full testimonial.

    What is the most interesting thing about working here and about the work you do?

    The most interesting thing about working here is that I am surrounded by a very supportive family of teachers, administrators, and staff. Everyone here at AOS is committed to the kids. As a parent and faculty member, I have had the unique opportunity to see the inner workings of the school from both perspectives.

    What are your thoughts about the school’s vision and direction and your role in that vision?

    I think that AOS is in a transition phase right now. We have been under the leadership of the previous Head of School for a very long time, and we are now embarking on a new journey with Sam Fragomeni. I think my role is to help with the transition by being open to new ideas and routines while maintaining the school’s culture and traditions. We must look forward to the future while still honoring our past.

    What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a job with us?

    I would tell anyone who wanted to work at AOS to be prepared for one of the most fulfilling and life-changing experiences you've ever had. AOS is unlike other independent schools in that it hasn't grown to a size where it has lost its identity. It continues to educate both the heart and the mind! AOS is family.

    When you tell people about your job, what’s one thing that surprises them or gets them excited about the work you do?

    People can't believe how lucky I am to have a job that is so much fun and so rewarding at the same time. I always hear them say, “You get to coach? I wish I could do that, too! You are so lucky!” I always, reply with the same response, " Yes....yes, I am."
     
    • "When I started here, the makerspace was brand new, and I had the exciting opportunity to create a curriculum full of all the design, engineering, and tech lessons that I didn’t get when I was in school. My adult hobbies have become my job, and I think that is pretty exciting. I get to watch students create projects, and the individuality of their work is so interesting to see each week."
      Jamie Jackson, K-4th Grade Enrichment

      "When I started here, the makerspace was brand new, and I had the exciting opportunity to create a curriculum full of all the design, engineering, and tech lessons that I didn’t get when I was in school. My adult hobbies have become my job, and I think that is pretty exciting. I get to watch students create projects, and the individuality of their work is so interesting to see each week."

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  • Read Jamie's full testimonial.

    What is the most interesting thing about working here and about the work you do?

    The most interesting part of my job is getting to run the Eureka Lab (our makerspace). When I started here, the makerspace was brand new, and I had the exciting opportunity to create a curriculum full of all the design, engineering, and tech lessons that I didn’t get when I was in school. My adult hobbies have become my job, and I think that is pretty exciting. I get to watch students create projects, and the individuality of their work is so interesting to see each week.

    What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

    When I interviewed, I could tell that AOS was full of friendly people, but what I didn’t know was just how warm and caring this community is. I hadn’t experienced that level of community in a school environment before, and I treasure the friends that I have made here. I also discovered a good work-life balance here and that employees have full lives outside of school. Additionally, I was new to the Greek Orthodox community and to Greek history which is interwoven into the life of the school. It has been such a benefit to get to participate in the rich traditions and feel the sense of community that comes with a diverse influence.

    What are your thoughts about the school’s vision and direction as well as your role in that vision?

    I know that everyone here wants the best for our students academically; but, more importantly, we want them to have a positive social and emotional experience at school. I am glad that I get to work in a place where I can take the time to get to know the students I teach and that I am not pressured to teach a certain way while other needs go to the wayside. I came here because I was looking for an environment where I could flex my teaching in creative ways to interest all of the students in my class. In the Eureka Lab, my role in contributing to this vision comes through in offering them a time to try and fail and to create something without the pressure of scrutinization. The Eureka Lab is about the process, and I think it helps them become better learners.

    What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a job with us?

    AOS is a place where you will get a lot of freedom to run your class your own way. If you thrive on a rigid structure or you like to be told what to teach each day, this might not be the place for you. Working here requires a lot of close work with coworkers and a greater connection to the parents and community at large. If being part of a community is important to you, this is a great place to work.

    When you tell people about your job, what’s one thing that surprises them or gets them excited about the work you do?

    People are often surprised when I tell them that I work at a Greek Orthodox school and that it is inclusive and welcoming to all faiths. I like that we have students from a wide variety of religious and cultural backgrounds - Greek Orthodoxy is an enhancement, not a limitation, to what we do here. People are also very excited when I tell them that our elementary students are doing real technology and design projects that are nothing like the computer lab they grew up with. That is currently an uncommon opportunity in schools.

Annunciation Orthodox School

3600 Yoakum Boulevard | Houston, TX 77006
Phone - (713) 470-5600 | Fax - (713) 470-5605