Teaching Assistants are important members of the SFFS teaching team. We seek teachers compelled by the Friends school mission, which includes an exemplary education supported by a community dedicated to peaceful problem-solving, service to others, simplicity, respect for the individual, and silent reflection.
Overview of Responsibilities
Our Lower School has two classes at each Lower School grade level, K–4, and our Middle School has three sections in grades 5–8. Lower School assistants support lead teachers in grades K–2, with a shared assistant in grades 3 and 4. Assistants will be involved in most, if not all, of the following duties:
•Supervision of children, including recess, lunchtime, arrival, and dismissal •Social emotional learning support for students •Maintaining classroom spaces and preparing materials for lessons •Student observations •Teaching individual, small and large groups of children in many subjects •Accompanying students and attending specialist classes, as needed •Assembling student portfolios •Provide short-term coverage for lead teachers, as needed •Assist in coordination of field trips, service learning programs, and outdoor education •Participation in all team, grade level, and faculty meetings
Additional responsibilities may be negotiated based on individual interests and experience. TAs will attend a few evening special events, like Back to School Night and New Family Orientation evenings. Assistants may attend some parent conferences and may support teachers in assessments and preparations for report writing, as requested. TAs are encouraged to join committees and school-wide activities. While SFFS does not have a formal mentoring program, we are eager to support assistants who wish to develop their skills as educators or are enrolled in a training program that requires curriculum development. We seek to staff our school with assistant teachers who are flexible and willing to adapt to the needs of their mentor teachers, and the overall school; educators who have a pioneering spirit, take initiative, and are developing creative problem-solving skills will find SFFS to be a lively and engaging community.
Please email a resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, with attention to Jennifer Arnest, Lower School head.