Kindergarten Teacher's Aide / Paraprofessional (Immediate)

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, CA


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The Teacher's Aide (TA or paraprofessional) is an aspiring educator with a deep love of working with, supporting and spending time with young children. In this role, the TA will primarily support The Primary School teachers during early (7:15 - 8:45am) or late care (4 - 5:15pm) as well as during the school day.  Depending on your availability and program needs, TAs may also facilitate child care forThe Primary School parent programming, ensuring that parents and caretakers have the opportunity to fully engage in adult programming. Collectively, TAs, will have the opportunity to experience theThe Primary School model of coordinated care across school, parent coaching and health realms. This role may be part-time or full-time.


TAs will supportThe Primary School Teachers in creating a warm and welcoming environment for children ages (mostly 1-6). Specifically, the Teacher's Aide will:

  • Support daily preparation of early/late care materials along with supervision of students
  • Support parent sign-in/-out process, transition to/from classroom, and/or other operational procedures
  • Assist Lead and Associate Teachers with needed tasks during the school day
  • Communicate information gathered from children or families to appropriate staff
  • Collaborate with Lead and other Assistant Teachers to practice skills and jointly problem solve


  • You have experience working with children in a school or similarly structured environment. Whether it’s from your time in a classroom, after-school group, summer camp, child care program or tutoring session, 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 love spending time with kids and kids love spending time with you. Your family and friends know you as the kid-magnet and you are famous for your impromptu cooking classes, dance parties, fort-building and reading circles. When kids are with you, they feel heard, connected and invested, because even in a group, you make every child feel like they are at the center.

  • You have a parent- and family-centered mindset. You are a parent or empathize deeply with parents, and recognize that long before a child steps foot into a classroom, he or she has been learning at home with their parents. Throughout your life and/or career, parents look to you for guidance, camaraderie and support. You believe that parents are essential partners in the work of schools and know that strong parent relationships will improve your own practice.

  • You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across differences. You believe that differences - in race, culture, gender, age, background, experiences - enrich our community and know how to bridge those differences with grace and humility.

  • You are kind, humble, and collaborative. You bring a positive attitude to every interaction and always see the best in others. You have the courage to step out of your comfort zone, and when you fall, you get right back up, remember what tripped you up and unabashedly try it all over again. You have an open mind and a thirst to learn and improve, and you can’t help but wonder what it would be like to work in an environment where every door is open and feedback is second nature. Even during challenging times, you see the “small victories” and maintain constant confidence in the team’s ability to achieve with every child.

A Plus If

  • You have an understanding of early childhood education and child development.
  • You speak fluent Spanish.
  • You have Early Childhood Education credits


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.



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Job Details

Category: Educators/Classroom

Type: PT

Location: East Palo Alto, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: February 4th, 2019

Agency Details


We are excited to grow our instructional team for the immediate 2018-2019 school year and 2019-2020.  We look forward to reading your application!


The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. We received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development.
  • We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children.
  • We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. 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 nearly  250 children and their families. In the fall, we will have classes for children in Pre-K3 (3 year-olds), Pre-K4 (4 year-olds), Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. We will continue to open a new grade every year through eighth grade.

Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in the Bay Area. It’s an exciting time to join the team!