Assistant Preschool Teacher (2021-2022)

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, California - Full time

The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age. We recognize the entrenched racism that exists within our public systems and the unjust impact this has had on families of color. Our aim is that children and families most impacted by systemic poverty and racism receive the multidisciplinary support they deserve to be well, learn, and thrive.

Long-term, we hope to create a game-changing school model that can be replicated across the country. As we continue to learn and grow, we plan to share what we’ve learned and pursue policy and systems change on a local, state, and national level. We are proud to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with children as young as 8 months and provide full-time school starting at age three to reach them at a critical stage in development.
  • We partner with parents. We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children.
  • We integrate services. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four year olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school, which will grow through eighth grade. In 2020, we began programming at our second site in Hayward, California.

ABOUT OUR EAST PALO ALTO SITE

We are continuing to grow our East Palo Alto site and are excited to launch 4th grade for our 2021-2022 school year. In our school we currently serve ~250 students across two preschool grades (3 and 4 year olds), kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade. Beyond school, core components of our model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The Assistant Teacher (Preschool) reports to the School Leader and is responsible for supporting Lead and Associate Teachers in developing and delivering engaging, comprehensive and integrated units across a student’s day. Assistant Teachers provide students with continuity and support, and leverage multiple modalities of learning to ensure that all children receive the small group and individual attention they need to maximize growth. Additionally, Assistant Teachers work across multiple classrooms in the same grade level and provide classroom teachers with coverage for prep time and lunch. Assistant Teachers also help to support classroom and school-wide systems (e.g., student pick-up, meal preparation) that allow The Primary School to provide students and families with a seamless and enriching day-long experience. Assistant Teachers receive coaching and feedback from the classroom teams with whom they work as well as the School Leader.

Responsibilities

  • Build relationships and actively engage with all students across classrooms
  • Weekly instructional planning support as directed by Lead Teacher
  • Instructional delivery in small group and individualized formats as directed by Lead Teacher
  • Support regular assessment and analysis of quantitative and qualitative student data with the goal of tailoring responsive instruction and support
  • Collaboration with Classroom Teams to practice skills and jointly problem solve
  • Regular communication with and outreach to families.
  • Proactive collaboration and frequent engagement with The Primary School Parent Coaches and staff, and external health practitioners and partners
  • Active participation in the ongoing design and implementation of the The Primary School model through research, curriculum development, engagement with school and organizational leadership, and focused professional development

The critical features of this role are described above but are not all encompassing; as our school grows and evolves your responsibilities may shift accordingly.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • You love spending time with kids and kids love spending time with you
  • You have a high school degree or GED-equivalent and are in pursuit of a college degree
  • You have a minimum of 6 ECE units
  • You have experience working with students in a school or similarly structured environment - after-school program, summer camp, child care program or tutoring session, preferably serving East Palo Alto or a community similar to East Palo Alto
  • You know that a great environment for children doesn’t just “happen” - it’s built with great care, preparation, practice and love. With or without “teacher” in your job title, you have always been the “teacher” - at home, at your job, with your family, in your community - and caring for and engaging children has been a consistent theme and/or area of interest in your life
  • You get that starting a new school and organization is no easy task and are not scared - in fact, you’re energized - by the idea of putting in the hours and deep commitment needed to bring The Primary School to life
  • You have a parent- and family-centered mindset
  • You recognize the multidimensional needs of children and families, because you’ve seen the intersection of education, health, and family support services in your own life
  • You learn new systems quickly and feel comfortable with technology
  • You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across difference
  • You are kind, humble, and collaborative

A Plus If

  • You have an understanding of early childhood education and child development
  • You speak fluent Spanish
  • You have ties to the East Palo Alto community

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

COMPENSATION

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan with employer matching, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.

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Teaching

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Mid Level

The Primary School

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four year olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school.
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