Mary McDowell Friends School is a K-12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community in which all students can reach their full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society.
Mary McDowell Friends School (MMFS) invites applications for a full-time Associate Teacher in the Lower, Middle and Upper School beginning August 2020.
Associate Teachers support the mission of the school by overseeing the safety and well-being of the students in advisory, content area classes, core classrooms, and homeroom classes, by monitoring and stimulating educational and social-emotional growth within the framework of the school’s mission by collaborating with the teaching partner to implement a curriculum that meets the needs of the MMFS student.
Associate Teachers work alongside experienced classroom teachers to develop skills in working with individual children and small groups, as well as, gaining experience and confidence in building relationships with families and communicating about student’s learning and development in-person and through documentation.
The essential duties of an Associate Teacher include, but are not limited to:
Work in collaboration with the teaching partner to implement parts of the curriculum and gradually assume increased responsibilities
Act as the advocate for homeroom students supporting each student in their relationships with other teachers and working with the cooperating homeroom teacher to be the primary point person with parents
Supervise homeroom students when participating in division-wide and school-wide activities such as silence, assembly, and meeting special guests
Implement individualized student plans for homework, organization, and behavior
Participating fully in the life of the school, including professional development, MMFS committee, weekly faculty meetings, regular supervisory meetings, and all school silence and staff meetings.
Write, edit, and submit timely trimester reports, grades, recommendations, evaluations and other requests as needed.
Duties based on assigned schedules include supervising a study hall, arrival/lunch/dismissal duty, student trips (including overnight trips), and student clubs.
Staff and reporting relationships
Associate Teachers report to the Division Directors. They also work collaboratively with their teaching partners (when applicable), occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, school counselors, social workers, and school psychologists regularly.
We offer a rewarding work experience in downtown Brooklyn. Our school has an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusiveness and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the school's administration and faculty.
To apply, please upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references as a .pdf (preferable) or word document to our online career center. If your background and experience are appropriate for the position, you will be contacted directly by a member of our search committee.
Please visit our website for more information on our school.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
BA required; special education experience a plus
Strong oral and written communication with parents, children, and colleagues
Commitment to equity and justice, including knowledge and skills related to cultural competencies
The ability to create a classroom environment where students feel safe, supported and challenged
Strong collaboration and teamwork skills
Growth mindset and ability to use feedback to improve practice
Familiarity with new technologies; GSuite and Veracross a plus