The Middle School Associate Teacher Program at the Spence School provides the foundation for beginning teachers to prepare to ultimately become lead teachers of their own classroom. Associates typically remain at Spence for two years, which allows the Associate Teacher to have broad and increasingly deep experience. Head Teachers work closely with their Associates to mentor them in the following areas:
The craft of teaching and the development of curriculum
Strategies for teaching, including differentiation of instruction
Development of personal teaching style
Communication with parents
Active observation of students
Co-teaching three sections of Science 5, so some background science is preferred
Serving as a Grade 5 homeroom teacher
Attending all faculty and grade level meetings
Attending curriculum night
Writing at least one student report a semester
Participating in school-wide professional development
Planning HR lessons, full grade gatherings and other homeroom and grade level experiences
Working with students to support their social and emotional development
Spence is committed to an equitable program and a diverse faculty and student body. We therefore actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Applicants should email cover letter and resume as a single file in PDF format—please
Finds joy in working with children and in school life
Approaches work with optimism, energy, kindness and a sense of humor
Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences
Supports Spence’s commitment to equity and inclusion
Has a disposition toward learning from and with colleagues about teaching practice
About The Spence School
The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an independent school for girls and young women with an enrollment of 750 students in Grades K–12.
Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.