Dr. Cottingham was appointed Interim Upper School Director in July 2021, and her Pingry experience includes three years as Upper School Academic Dean and a semester as Interim English Department Chair.
“Pingry encourages its teachers to continue growing, supporting their ability to keep up with the latest in best pedagogical practices.”
- Dr. Reid Cottingham, Director of Teaching and Learning
As a school that values lifelong learning, Pingry cultivates intellectual engagement, inquiry, and personal empowerment among its employees. We encourage faculty and staff to discover professional growth opportunities through conferences and workshops, visits to other schools, summer fellowships, and the pursuit of advanced degrees. To support their ongoing personal and professional growth, the following offerings are available to full-time Pingry employees :
- Financial Support for Advanced Degrees
- Endowed Chairs for Teachers
- Plus-One Initiative
- Summer Fellowships
- Conferences and Workshops
All newly-hired faculty who hold bachelor's degrees will continue their education with a master's or other advanced degree within four years of their start of employment. In turn, Pingry provides full financial support in the form of a loan that the school forgives at a rate of 20% per year for a five-year period (faculty who remain at the school for the full five years receive 100% forgiveness). Currently, approximately 70% of Pingry faculty members have earned a master’s degree or higher and more than 20 of our teachers have earned doctorates.
Pingry encourages teachers to pursue their passions and get to know their students outside the classroom by coaching a team, advising a club, or assisting with a drama production. In every instance, we encourage teachers to strike a balance between “investing” (trying something new) and “harvesting” (working with an existing passion).
All full-time Pingry faculty members are eligible to apply for summer fellowships, which typically involve a summer project or trip aimed at enhancing their understanding of the subject area they teach. Teachers have the flexibility to propose their own ideas for approval one year in advance of their summer program.
Caring for our employees
Pingry provides generous benefits that meet the needs of our faculty and staff at all stages of their lives. We also believe in rewarding employees for jobs well done and we offer some of the most competitive salaries in the region. The following benefits are provided to full-time employees:
- Medical and prescription drug insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision plan
- Retirement plan and school matching program
- Group life insurance with AD&D coverage
- Supplemental employee-paid life insurance
- Short-term and long-term disability
- Medical/dependent care flexible spending accounts
- Health savings accounts
- Financial support for advanced degrees and other approved classes or workshops
- Tuition remission for children of employees and summer camp discount
- Wellness program and free use of school's state-of-the-art athletics center
- Fitness, yoga, and mindfulness classes
- Free lunch on campus
The Pingry School aspires to be an anti-racist community and is committed to the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Pingry is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Pingry School's employment policy is that individuals will receive equal opportunity in all matters pertaining to recruitment, employment, salary, promotion, and assignment, regardless of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran, or other basis proscribed by federal, state, and local law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.