La Jolla Country Day School’s Lower School is a place where we are often reminded of the best aspects of childhood. Lower School is where we lay the foundation for the joy of learning and identity exploration, and our educators play an important role on this journey as leaders and mentors. The sense of exhilaration present in this age group is something that’s special. Here, children’s natural curiosity and questioning are nurtured alongside a well-balanced educational experience. LJCDS is a teaching and learning environment where proven and progressive educational practices are blended together.
We are seeking an energetic, student-centered associate educator to join our kindergarten team for the 2021-2022 academic year.
All community members work together to fulfill the school’s mission and vision, as well as meet the established goals and objectives. An associate educator is one who is assigned to partner with a lead educator to support students and families on all aspects of the grade level experience. This individual will be asked to provide instruction to students in whole group, small group, or individual settings. Associate educators are expected to perform all responsibilities professionally, treating themselves and others with dignity at all times.
The ideal candidate is committed to anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
Oversight and responsibilities
Support the lead teacher in creating a positive, inclusive learning environment
Help in reviewing and providing feedback on classwork and homework
Assist in the preparation of classroom materials
Assist in the planning of the weekly curriculum and instruction
Assist in maintaining a classroom environment that supports the learning of students with a wide range of learning profiles
Support academic and social/emotional growth of students in individual and small group settings
Reinforce and support students in upholding the Torrey Traits and all school behavioral expectations
Lead group activities and lessons when needed
Teach small reading, math, and other intervention and enrichment groups
Teach lessons in a subject area that uses the associate teacher’s skills and talents
Maintain ongoing communication with the lead teacher on classroom issues and individual student progress
Model patience, flexibility, kindness, responsibility, a sense of humor, and a respect for others
Partner with grade level teachers to create and maintain classroom updates and social media communication for families
Supervise morning drop-off, dismissal, lunch and recess, as assigned
Exhibit appropriate and accurate math, spelling and grammar skills
Participate and/or contribute to the formal communication with parents, such as parent conferences and report writing
Attend staff meetings and required events
Engage in ongoing professional development relevant to the position
Other duties as assigned by the Lower School leadership team and/or Assistant Head of School for Academics
Support the School and its mission, maintaining a high degree of professionalism at all times
Work with lead teachers and room parents to organize field trips, library volunteers, and classroom party volunteer schedules
Manage classroom volunteer activities and events in conjunction with lead teachers
The candidate must hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Prior teaching experience is expected.
Expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction and manage daily expectations as a team member is also needed. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Google Suite Apps (Google Docs, Slides, Forms, Sheets, Jamboard, etc.) and Microsoft Outlook, and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Seesaw, Apple TV, On Record, Blackboard, etc.).
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
To be considered, please submit your current CV/resume, a cover letter detailing your interest and experience for this role, and your educational philosophy statement.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.