Preschool Assistant Teacher 2021-2022

The Primary School - Hayward, 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.


We have opened our second site with a founding class of four-year-old children and families who started preschool this 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 Assistant Teacher reports to the Early Childhood Lead 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 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. As needed, the Assistant Teachers may substitute for regular Lead Teachers and Associate Teachers when staff absences occur.

In addition, as a new school navigating the needs of serving children and families within ongoing health protocols related to COVID, some days may necessitate providing flexible support to other parts of the TPS-Hayward team. Examples include operations support in the office, support with the health team, and/or support with the parent program, and before/after care support.

This role is an initial full-time, temporary role for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year. Future opportunities to continue beyond the initial term of this role could include classroom roles, program roles, and/or roles in other sites operated by The Primary School.


  • Build relationships and actively engage with all students across classrooms
  • Instructional delivery in small group and individualized formats as directed by Lead Teacher, and in large group formats if needed in the event of staff absences
  • Collaboration with Classroom Teams to practice skills and jointly problem solve
  • Support students in a variety of settings, including their classroom, recess, and before/after care
  • 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
  • Full participation in Professional Development with all teaching staff
  • Support with site operations, data systems, and family engagement

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.


  • You love spending time with kids and kids love spending time with you
  • 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 Hayward or a community similar to Hayward
  • 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 Hayward community


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.


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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