The Assistant Teacher is responsible for assisting with the daily program under the direction of the Lead Classroom Teacher. The Assistant Teacher is flexible and committed to a continuous process for professional growth and a collegial member of the Lower School teaching team and of the FFS faculty and staff.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Assist the lead teacher in planning and implementing a creative, engaging and stimulating classroom program that entails a high level of collaboration amongst students, includes interdisciplinary, project-based work, and which utilizes educational technologies appropriately both on-campus and in the FFS@Home program if necessary;
Instruct children in small and large groups, and work one-on-one with students;
Promote high expectations, demonstrate a caring attitude, and establish an environment that supports social, emotional, and academic development in students;
Direct all parental inquiries to the Lead Teacher;
Be available for individual meetings at the direction of the Lead Teacher;
Use positive and productive techniques for improving student behavior;
Help with maintaining classroom materials and general housekeeping tasks;
Integrate the Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, integrity, community and stewardship into the curriculum and when interacting with community members;
Assist in the Extended Day and Otter Camp programs when required;
Other related duties as assigned.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required
The successful candidate is a collegial and dedicated teacher who is well versed in their subject area, able to form excellent relationships with young children and has:
experience with young children;
excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
the ability to establish cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and parents;
strong organizational skills;
a comfort and excitement about working with children from diverse backgrounds;
a high level of interest in collaboration;
BA or BS in a related field.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
Be able to work both standing up and sitting down for the length of the school day
Be able to walk up and down at least two flights of stairs, supervise children on the playground, and walk between school buildings
Be able to work in a wide variety of school environments, including the buildings, gardens, playgrounds, and other areas of the campus, in all seasons
Be able to pick up children and objects up to 35 lbs.
Be able to pass all criminal record checks, background checks, and child abuse clearances