The role of Assistant Teacher is designed to give a beginning teacher an apprenticeship opportunity of one to two years in a classroom with a Lead Teacher as mentor while concurrently earning a Masters degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education. The Lead Teacher is ultimately responsible for the overall program and the successful operation of the classroom, but the goal is for the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher to form a collaborative unit that works in concert in the best interests of their students.
Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, Pre-k to Grade 12, college preparatory school located in Westchester County, New York dedicated to providing students with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. We are actively committed to creating and sustaining a school community that is nurturing, supportive, diverse, and inclusive, one in which all students can participate fully and achieve their maximum potential through academic, athletic, creative, and social endeavors. We expect and promote moral responsibility and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community.
Preferred qualifications: Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree preferably with a focus on elementary education, and a commitment in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education. Candidates should have experience working with children between the ages of 4-10 and a nurturing, approachable, and professional manner with students.
Some of the key expectations of the Assistant Teacher are as follows:
Assist the Lead Teacher with planning for the different class activities. This usually involves at least two “planning” periods during the week.
Assume responsibility for instructional planning, implementation, and assessment under the direction of the Lead Teacher.
Work with small groups in activities under the Lead Teacher’s supervision.
Help children on an individual basis with academic, social, and emotional support and with following directions.
Plan and conduct class meetings under the direction of the Lead Teacher.
Provide support to the Lead Teacher and give clerical assistance in reviewing student work and in copying and laminating materials for the classroom; with Lead Teacher, assemble instructional materials and prepare display and bulletin board spaces.
Help to prepare the classroom prior to the opening of school in the fall, and attend the parent orientation evening and “Back to School Night.”
Assist the Lead Teacher in preparing written reports and conducting parent conferences.
Maintain positive relationships with colleagues and parents; contribute in a supportive manner to the life of the community; treat information related to students as strictly confidential.
Attend all meetings called by the Head of School as well as all division and grade level meetings.
Utilize release time and financial support to attend workshops, conferences, and other professional growth opportunities as approved by the Lower School Principal and the Head of School.
Share responsibilities for the Primary Bus Duty, Afternoon Waiting Rooms, Morning Greeters; help with dismissal at the end of the day.
Maintain appropriate grades in the graduate degree program of his/her choice.
RCDS seeks employees who support our mission to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world, and who share our commitment to creating and sustaining a vibrant, thriving, and inclusive multicultural learning community. The school is committed to providing invigorating and supportive work experiences for its diverse community of employees. Employees are offered meaningful opportunities for professional development, growth, and leadership; highly competitive salaries; and extensive benefits. RCDS is committed to diversity and inclusion throughout the community and curriculum. Please visit our website-http://www.ryecountryday.org – to learn more about the school’s rigorous curriculum, values, and strategic initiatives.
Rye Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws, which prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and veteran status.