Permanent Substitute Teacher

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

ABOUT US

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 Permanent Substitute Teacher reports to the Principal and is responsible for supporting classrooms across Kindergarten-4th grade. They work with the support of the grade level and in partnership with Instructional Coaches to support classrooms when a teacher is absent. The permanent substitute will teach multiple grade levels throughout the year, so they will need to be skilled at working with different age levels and building relationships quickly. While this person will not be responsible for instructional planning, they will be responsible for the execution of plans. Should there not be a need for a substitute, the Permanent Substitute Teacher will float between classrooms that need extra support and care. This person will need a strong academic and social-emotional background to be able to adapt to various environments.

Responsibilities

  • Instructional delivery in large group, small group, and individualized formats
  • Ongoing collaboration with the multiple grade levels to sustain enriching, positive, joyful classroom climates and rigorous academic content
  • Collaboration with other teachers to practice skills and jointly problem solve
  • Participation in reflection and coaching, both 1:1 with the School Leader and in group context with colleagues
  • Full participation in Professional Development with all teaching staff

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 have at least three years of teaching experience
  • You have substantial experience serving a community similar to East Palo Alto
  • You have an Associate’s degree or are in pursuit of a college degree
  • You are adaptable and able to think on your feet
  • Your work demonstrates a practice of creating transformative classroom culture for all kids. You are committed to social justice and take proactive steps to build an equitable classroom practice
  • You have a deep commitment to all students
  • You’re energized by the opportunity to join a growing school community and organization
  • You have a parent- and family-centered mindset

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, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.

HOW TO APPLY

TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please complete the following application and submit your most recent resume. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reviewing 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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Teaching

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The Primary School

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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