Our nationally-recognized faculty members are extremely knowledgeable in their academic disciplines and devoted to the art of teaching. More than teachers, faculty members are connected to all aspects of student life. They coach, mentor, advise and sponsor. More than 55 percent of the faculty hold advanced degrees and the average tenure is 18 years.
Excellent educators from throughout the United States and with diverse backgrounds, our faculty connect classroom ideas with real-world experiences. Through a comprehensive professional development program, faculty continue to grow in their insight and knowledge, benefiting all students and modeling active lifelong learning. Whether through experiential instruction, one-on-one tutoring or hands-on laboratory experimentation, Fort Worth Country Day teachers combine the best of established methodologies with instructional innovation and creativity to seek the most effective ways to work with their students.
Salaries for teachers at Fort Worth Country Day rank as some of the highest in NAIS. FWCD is committed to remaining competitive with national and regional faculty salaries. Teachers are paid for extra duties and coaching assignments. All teachers are expected to teach five classes and do two extra activities. Merit pay increases are determined by the Division Heads and the Head of School and are incorporated into the yearly salary increase.
Beyond the salary stated above, full-time teachers and staff receive a complete benefits package. This includes a 403-B retirement plan, a health insurance program, life insurance and long-term disability insurance, as well as a cafeteria plan for un-reimbursed expenses. Faculty wishing to have their children attend FWCD are invited to apply for admissions and if necessary, for need-based financial aid as determined by School Scholarship Service (SSS).
Each year the school sets aside funds for faculty development. Faculty and staff attend conferences, seminars or visit places of educational interest using these funds. For those full-time teachers who wish to pursue advanced degrees, the school has established the Advanced Degree Loan Program. The school will lend the necessary funds to the teacher. Once a degree has been awarded, the teacher can pay the loan back by continued employment at the school.
Teacher Induction Program
New faculty members will participate in FWCD's Teacher Induction Program for their first year at Fort Worth Country Day. This program will help new teachers learn about FWCD and the Philosophy, Mission and Core Values of the School. Additionally, the School has a Buddy Program, which offers every teacher a chance to spend a day with a "buddy" in another division of the school. Finally, the Head of School meets with all new teachers multiple times during the academic year to discuss their experiences and offer survival suggestions.