Early Childhood Lead-Instructional Coach 2022-2023

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 2021, we opened our second site in the East Bay of Northern California.


We are continuing to grow our East Palo Alto site and are excited to launch 5th grade for our 2022-2023 school year. In our school we currently serve ~300 students across two preschool grades (3 and 4 year olds), kindergarten, and first grade to fourth 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.


We have opened our second site with a founding class of four-year-old children and families who started preschool in August 2021. Drawing on key learnings from our first site, core components of the model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support and offering a full-day school; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.


The Early Childhood Lead/Instructional Coach reports to the Principal in East Palo Alto and will be part of the Instructional Leadership Team. The ECE Lead/Instructional Coach is expected to support teachers with planning, push into classrooms to model lessons, observe teachers, and offer ongoing feedback aligned to comprehensive coaching goals. They will work alongside the GLCs to ensure every student is engaged in excellent instruction and every teacher is engaged in excellent professional growth opportunities.


  • Build deep relationships with teachers, support staff, and families
  • Support teacher performance and conduct on-going CLASS observations, mentoring, training and support for ECE teachers.
  • Manage preschool team in continuous improvement through CLASS, DRDP assessments, and the tracking of student progress.
  • Contribute to the revision of LTPs and unit plans for ECE.
  • Coach teachers to achieve academic and SOUL benchmarks in ECE classrooms.
  • Ensure alignment of Literacy Instruction from grade to grade and tier to tier.
  • Support school-wide literacy planning and data-driven instruction.
  • Support school-wide cultural programming and community events.
  • Support day-to-day campus needs for supervision, student support, special event preparation, and fun.
  • Ensure assessments are conducted on time and with fidelity. Support teachers’ use of assessment data to differentiate instruction.
  • Coach and support classroom teachers to achieve quality implementation of oral language and literacy strategies (PAC time, TALK, START, LENA, Sesame, etc)
  • Observe classrooms, provide coaching and feedback aligned to rubrics and quality indicators, and ensure fidelity to program model and school-wide practices
  • Lead professional development sessions/workshops for ECE teachers
  • Collaboration across teams
  • Collaborate with Principal to support junior level teacher coaching and development (coaching and development plan for junior level teaching staff)
  • Collaborate with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction to support furthering academic priorities (ELD instruction, content instruction, etc.)
  • Collaborate with parent wellness, health and integrated supports teams to coordinate services and best care for children and families
  • Support teachers to integrate strategies and plans provided by health and/or integration teams
  • Support with entry to school via planning and execution of School Readiness Sessions in partnership with the Birth-to-Three program
  • Participate in transitional Children’s Circles for identified children as they enter the school programming.


  • Deep instructional experience with early childhood (preschool-kindergarten) grades. (minimum of 5 years teaching experience)
  • Ability to inspire and lead teachers to accomplish exceptional things
  • Experience managing teachers or grade levels and/or coaching teachers
  • Track record of building a positive, collaborative and joyful culture for staff and children.
  • Cultural competence and humility in working with people of all backgrounds.
  • Understanding of child development and experience designing developmentally appropriate activities, curriculum, and lesson plans for young children.
  • Ability to work with different types of data to understand child needs and tailor instruction.
  • Ability to plan lessons that are intentional but child-centered, and rigorous but joyful.
  • Track record of helping children from high poverty, English Language Learner, or otherwise at-risk backgrounds achieve incredible things.
  • Relentlessly high expectations for all children and sense of urgency in your work.
  • Humility, compassion, and vulnerability in your work with colleagues, families, and children.
  • Belief in a whole child approach and the role of schools in developing the academic, health, and socio-emotional well-being of a child.
  • Highly collaborative attitude.
  • Experience with trauma-informed practices and/or anti-bias education
  • Exceptional planning and project management skills

A Plus If

  • You are an East Palo Alto or Belle Haven native and/or have experience working with a community similar to East Palo Alto and Belle Haven.
  • You speak fluent Spanish or Tongan.


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 is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit. Annual salary range begins at $80,600.


TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please complete the online application and submit your most recent resume. These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover letter, so take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you feel that the questions do not accurately capture what you have to offer The Primary School, you are also welcome to attach a cover letter. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application!

The Primary School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.The Primary School complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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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.
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