The role of the Early Childhood Floating Assistant is vital in the success of the Early School Classrooms. The Floating Assistant’s main responsibility is to support Early Childhood teachers in a number of capacities during the morning hours (8:00 am to 12:00 pm daily). The Floating Assistant’s job is to continue to foster a love for learning directly and indirectly in those moments when lead teachers may be otherwise engaged in classroom activities with students on a one-on-one basis or in other small groups. The position starts August 16, 2021 and will continue through the 2021-2022 academic year.
Move from one classroom to the next, where needed, helping lead teachers and classroom assistants in any way possible.
Foster a love of learning through whole child education by upholding and teaching the Quaker values (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship) as the main cornerstones of classroom activity.
Collaborate with lead, assistants, and specialist teachers to ensure the best possible learning experience for all children, share possible activity ideas, share essential information about child and parents’ experience.
Follow teacher-designed plans and goals, anticipate needs, and set up materials for lessons, as instructed by the lead teacher and assistant teachers.
Serve as an assistant teacher to specialist teachers when children have outside classroom experiences like gardening, physical education, art, music, etc.
Guide and redirect children in their interactions with adults and peers, as appropriate.
Be present and engaged at all times with children during all activities and address student needs as they arise.
Supervise indoor and outdoor play and other activities, independently or as directed by the lead teacher.
Ensure that safety, immediate physical needs, and bathroom needs are addressed.
Participate actively in activities and events designed to enhance the children’s enjoyment and educational experience.
Attend Early School Open Houses throughout the calendar year.
Associate's Degree Required, in addition to at least one year of experience in a classroom setting with children 5 and under.
About Virginia Beach Friends School
Virginia Beach Friends School (VBFS) is a Quaker co-educational independent school serving students ranging from Pre-K through Grade 12. Located just miles from the Chesapeake Bay yet situated in the heart of the bustling Hampton Roads metropolitan area, our school's unique location allows students to learn by doing. Whether harvesting oysters in local riverbeds for environmental science or creating a curated art show as a Senior Project - VBFS students see their learning come to life. Plus, our balanced student to teacher ratio allows instructors to deliver an unprecedented level of attention to each individual learner, ensuring student success no matter the age or academic level.
Founded in 1955, Friends continues a 350-year tradition of Quaker educational principles committed to an inquiry-based curriculum and experimental learning. VBFS is as much of an idea as it is a location. We have progressed from a simple gathering of children to the thriving community that it is today. We not only serve students from the greater Virginia Beach area, but students from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, and even exchange students from Europe to Asia and even South America.
But above all e...lse, VBFS is a community that values diversity and inclusivity, as our student body represents a wide variety of religious faiths, backgrounds and cultures. In keeping with the Quaker philosophy of honoring each individual, students representing different ethnic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds are challenged daily to respect and learn from one another.