Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 470 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Every day our exceptional teachers connect students' academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop the courage to become more than great students, but great people. Please visit our website,www.prospectsierra.org, for more information.
Overview of Position
This position is for a Transitional Kindergarten Associate Teacher, beginning October 2020. This teacher will report to the Elementary Division Head and will work in close collaboration with their lead teacher. This is a full time teaching position.The associate teacher is responsible for providing support to the lead teacher in assisting students both academically and socially.
At Prospect Sierra School, associate teacher positions are full-time, and these positions exist in grades TK-4. The school recognizes that the scope of an associate’s work will depend in part on that associate’s particular schedule and grade level, as well as particular teacher training program expectations which vary depending on the program. Prospect Sierra is committed to supporting associate teachers who are considering or are already in credential programs; our associate teacher program typically supports associates for 2-4 years as they complete their credential program and/or gain the necessary skills to move into lead teaching roles.
We have created the following system to help define goals within the two to four year experience of the program.
Stage One: Limited time and background in teaching and learning-- possibly year one in a teacher credential or ECE program. Might be considering a program but not yet enrolled in classes.
Stage One Expectations:
Able to share ideas and contribute to planning units
Able to lead morning meetings
Able to provide small-group instruction with guidance
Able to support emergent curriculum units
Takes helpful observation notes on students that may be used for assessment
Able to write conference notes and support progress report process by providing observations and peer edits for lead teacher
Observes lead teacher assessing students, but does not administer any assessments until the 2nd half of the year, with training
Stage Two: Second-year in a credential program or holds a masters degree with limited student teaching experience.
Stage Two Expectations:
Deepen all of the above
Participate actively in all forms of communication about teaching and learning
Take the lead in a certain area of depth or interest (with targeted feedback from the lead teacher)
Write one area of the progress report in the 2nd half of the year, and also provide observations and peer edits for lead teacher
Complete teacher takeover week
Take over one part of the curriculum (math or an aspect of writing)
Present one area of academics to parents during second semester parent conferences
Daily Responsibilities of an Associate Teacher
Support the Lead Teacher in creating a positive learning environment
Assist in the preparation of classroom materials
Share in the planning of the weekly curriculum
Assist in maintaining a clean, well-organized learning environment
Maintain ongoing communication with the lead teacher on classroom issues and individual students
Model patience, flexibility, kindness, responsibility, a sense of humor, and a respect for others
The salary is competitive. Benefits included.
How to Apply
Send a résumé (including contact information for three references) and one-page cover letter to:
Abby Guinn, Elementary School Division Head
Prospect Sierra School is an equal opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.
Appreciation for and desire to work with four and five year olds
Demonstrated desire to learn best practices in early childhood education
Knowledge of the essential role social emotional literacy plays in the workplace and interest in application of SEL within the educational setting
Recognition of the importance of creating an inclusive classroom community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected, potentially including knowledge of identity safe and anti-bias educational practices
Ability to take initiative, work passionately and joyfully, and collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies
Willingness to be a team player, show initiative, and take on leadership roles as needed
A passionate commitment to creating an innovative, joyful environment for students
Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and/or professional coursework or certification
In addition to required qualifications, desirable additional skills include:
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Excellent interpersonal skills
Organizational skills and the ability to multitask
Willingness to engage in learning how best to use current technology tools to support teaching and learning
Nuanced understanding of DEI/social justice knowledge from a personal or programmatic perspective
Participation on committees as needed and appropriate
Attend Back to School Night and Open House
Ancillary duties include responsibilities that are part of elementary school life, e.g., team and staff meetings, attendance at school functions, and recess duties weekly
Oversight of a "family" of mixed-grade students once a month
About Prospect Sierra School
Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 465 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Everyday our talented teachers connect students' academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop courage to become great people, not just great students.