Assistant Preschool Teacher
ABOUT THE ROLE The Primary School Assistant Teachers are educators looking to develop new skills and build an enriching career in early childhood education. Assistant Teachers provide consistent support and connection to a classroom of students throughout the day and with guidance from a Lead Teacher, create and deliver a joyful learning environment. You will also get the opportunity to build relationships with all students in a grade level, and observe other teaching styles, as you might be asked to support in different classrooms within the grade level throughout the week. Additionally, Assistant Teachers play an active role partnering with families, The Primary School staff, and health providers in delivering on our system of coordinated care for children. On a daily basis, Assistant Teachers move seamlessly across the many different demands of their day -- from preparing classroom materials, to setting up for nap, to leading morning circle, to lesson planning, to analyzing student performance data, to discussing socio-emotional outcomes with parents and Parent Coaches, to following up with the Medical Director about a student health need. Beyond the scope of daily instruction and integration, The Primary School Assistant Teachers also play an active role in the continued development and evaluation of The Primary School model.Responsibilities Assistant Teachers support Lead Teachers in developing and delivering engaging, comprehensive and integrated units across a student’s day. Assistant Teachers provide students with continuity and support, and leverage multiple modalities of learning to ensure that all children receive the small group and individual attention they need to maximize growth. Assistant Teachers also help to support classroom and school-wide systems (e.g., student pick-up, meal preparation) that allow The Primary School to provide students and families with a seamless and enriching day-long experience.Specifically, Assistant Teachers are responsible for:Annual, weekly, and daily instructional planning as directed by Lead Teacher Instructional delivery in large group, small group, and individualized formats Support regular assessment and analysis of quantitative and qualitative student data with the goal of tailoring responsive instruction and support Collaboration with Lead and other Assistant Teachers to practice skills and jointly problem solve Regular communication with and outreach to families, including daily documentation and notes Proactive collaboration and frequent engagement with The Primary School Parent Coaches and staff, and external health practitioners and partners Active participation in the ongoing design and implementation of the The Primary School model through research, curriculum development, engagement with school and organizational leadership, and focused professional development ABOUT YOU You have experience working with children in a school or similarly structured environment and hold a high school degree or GED-equivalent + Early Childhood Credits. Whether it’s from your time in a classroom, after-school group, summer camp, child care program or tutoring session, you know that a great environment for children doesn’t just “happen” - it’s built with great care, preparation, practice and love. With or without “teacher” in your job title, you have always been the “teacher” - at home, at your job, with your family, in your community - and caring for and engaging children has been a consistent theme and/or area of interest in your life. You love spending time with kids and kids love spending time with you. Your family and friends know you as the kid-magnet and you are famous for your impromptu cooking classes, dance parties, fort-building and reading circles. When kids are with you, they feel heard, connected and invested, because even in a group, you make every child feel like they are at the center. You have a parent- and family-centered mindset. You are a parent or empathize deeply with parents, and recognize that long before a child steps foot into a classroom, he or she has been learning at home with their parents. Throughout your life and/or career, parents look to you for guidance, camaraderie and support. You believe that parents are essential partners in the work of schools and know that strong parent relationships will improve your own practice. You recognize the multidimensional needs of children and families, because you’ve seen the intersection of education, health, and family support services in your own life. You may not be a teacher, doctor or social worker, but you’ve helped your brother get access to additional tutoring and explained to a teacher why your niece’s asthma plan is different. You personally know that it’s worth the extra effort to connect the academic-health-family dots, but also wonder why it has to be so hard. You read The Primary School’s “About the Organization” section and thought “Yes! This is what I’ve been thinking!” You learn new systems quickly and feel comfortable with technology. You may not be fluent in Google Docs, Excel and Asana, but you are driven by curiosity and are not frustrated by a learning curve (in fact, you just took a break to look up “Asana”). You know that technology has the potential to empower the work of educators and you are motivated to build out your analytical skill set. When doing something for the first time, you take notes, ask questions, and constantly tweak your actions to do it better, faster and with greater fidelity. You get that starting a new school and organization is no easy task and are not scared - in fact, you’re energized - by the idea of putting in the long hours and deep commitment needed to bring The Primary School to life. You know that the Assistant Teacher role will present a vast set of learning experiences and you relish the opportunity to grow as a professional both inside and outside of the classroom. You are self-motivated, always on time, and meticulously plan your schedule, because there’s a lot to get done and time is a valuable resource. When you see a need, you fill it, navigate change with ease, and are not above breaking down cardboard boxes and hauling them to the dumpster. You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across differences. You believe that differences - in race, culture, gender, age, background, experiences - enrich our community and know how to bridge those differences with grace and humility. You are kind, humble, and collaborative. You bring a positive attitude to every interaction and always see the best in others. You have the courage to step out of your comfort zone, and when you fall, you get right back up, remember what tripped you up and unabashedly try it all over again. You have an open mind and a thirst to learn and improve, and you can’t help but wonder what it would be like to work in an environment where every door is open and feedback is second nature. Even during challenging times, you see the “small victories” and maintain constant confidence in the team’s ability to achieve with every child. A Plus If You have an understanding of early childhood education and child development. You speak fluent Spanish.