The Ancona School seeks a full-time Assistant Teacher for an elementary classroom, beginning August 2021. Assistant teachers at Ancona play an integral role in supporting high-quality classroom experiences rooted in progressive education. Our teachers provide the architecture for the academic and social/emotional development of young children. This is an excellent opportunity to work under the tutelage of a master teacher and observe the theories of progressive education—with an emphasis on social justice—in action throughout our vibrant learning community.
Essential Job Function
Responsible to the head teacher and will assist in establishing and maintaining a harmonious classroom
Help to establish and maintain classroom culture, pay particular attention to the needs of students
Carefully observe and keep records on each student’s individual progression through the classroom, always available to offer gentle guidance
Participate in weekly staff meetings
Participate in all school events and conferences
Travel to camp with students
Responsibilities to the Head Teacher:
Assist the head teacher with the children in their learning and understanding of the materials
Be informed and carry out duties as assigned by the head teacher
Be familiar with the Family Handbook.
Inform the head teacher of any classroom difficulties, including discipline, health, equipment needs, repair, and maintenance
Meet with the head teacher to discuss goals for the class and individual students
Responsibilities to the Children and Parents:
Keep information confidential
Be professional and positive in all dealings with children and parents
Share all information from parents with head teacher
Allow the children to be as independent as possible and try not to be an obstacle in their growth
Responsibilities to the Classroom:
Clean-up of the classroom, ensuring that it is always tidy
Update bulletin boards and student work both in and out of the classroom
Required Qualifications: Education and Experience
BS or higher
Previous experience in an elementary classroom
CPR/First Aid certification (preferred)
Pass a background check
Have the physical capacity to work with young children
Keep up with professional development – 15 hours per school year
To apply, submit cover letter and resume in one PDF.
About The Ancona School
The Ancona School is a 21st century independent school for preschool through 8th grade students located in Chicago's historic Hyde Park-Kenwood community. Since its founding in 1962, Ancona has been a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. The school combines the best of Montessori and progressive educational traditions with innovative teaching and curriculum in open, multi-age classrooms. Ancona graduates go on to Chicago’s most selective public, independent and parochial high schools. Outstanding teachers, active parent involvement and a true concern for social justice distinguish our community of learners.