Assistant Preschool Teacher (2020-2021)
ABOUT US The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. The Primary School was founded in 2015, and we received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.Our approach has three defining characteristics:We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development. We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children. We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs. In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families via a 0-3 parent/child program, a preschool and elementary school, and a parent wellness program.Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2020 we will expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and open our next site in Hayward, California. It’s an exciting time to join the team!ABOUT OUR HAYWARD SITE We are opening our second site in Hayward in 2020 with a founding class of three-year-old children and families. During the first year of operation in Hayward, parents with toddlers will engage in programming focused on family well-being and preschool readiness. Parents will then be able to enroll in the preschool in the fall of 2020. Drawing on key learnings from our first site, core components of the model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support and offering a full-day school starting with three-year-olds; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.ABOUT THE ROLE The Assistant Teacher (Preschool) reports to the School Leader and is responsible for supporting Lead and Associate 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. Additionally, Assistant Teachers work across multiple classrooms in the same grade level and provide classroom teachers with coverage for prep time and lunch. 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. Assistant Teachers receive coaching and feedback from the classroom teams with whom they work as well as the School Leader.ResponsibilitiesBuild relationships and actively engage with all students across classrooms Weekly instructional planning support as directed by Lead Teacher Instructional delivery in small group and individualized formats as directed by Lead Teacher Support regular assessment and analysis of quantitative and qualitative student data with the goal of tailoring responsive instruction and support Collaboration with Classroom Teams to practice skills and jointly problem solve Regular communication with and outreach to families. 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 The critical features of this role are described above but are not all encompassing; as our school grows and evolves your responsibilities may shift accordingly.QUALIFICATIONS You love spending time with kids and kids love spending time with you You have a high school degree or GED-equivalent and are in pursuit of a college degree You have a minimum of 6 ECE units You have experience working with students in a school or similarly structured environment - after-school program, summer camp, child care program or tutoring session, preferably serving Hayward or a community similar to the city of Hayward 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 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 hours and deep commitment needed to bring The Primary School to life You have a parent- and family-centered mindset 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 learn new systems quickly and feel comfortable with technology You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across difference You are kind, humble, and collaborative A Plus IfYou have an understanding of early childhood education and child development You speak fluent Spanish You are from or have ties to the Hayward community Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.COMPENSATION Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan with employer matching, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.