Associate Teacher (Early Childhood, 2019-20 School Year)

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, CA


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The Primary School Associate Teachers are early career educators seeking to build their skills in rigorous instruction. They focus on a subset of content and skills and work with the support of the Lead Teachers and partnership of other associate teachers to integrate their lessons into larger units.  They teach multiple blocks during the day, providing them with the opportunity to quickly implement feedback and improve their practice. We believe in developing talent from within --- Associate Teachers receive coaching support and opportunities to practice literacy and math instruction and grow into Lead Teachers.  The will be supervised by an Assistant Principal.

Specifically, Associate Teachers are responsible for:

  • Instructional planning and delivery
  • Assessment and analysis of student data
  • Working with families and collaborating with other staff
  • Supporting individual students
  • Engaging fully in coaching and professional development

Essential Beliefs, Skills, and Experience

Successful Associate Teachers must hold a...

  • Deep Commitment to All Students
    • Unwavering confidence in the potential of all students
    • Absolute ownership over the growth of their students
    • Constant confidence that our team can achieve with every child
  • Parent- and Family-Centered Mindset
    • Belief that parents are essential partners in our work.
    • Ability to foster a welcoming school and class environment for families
    • Willingness to invest the time and energy to engage all families
  • Passion for Our New School Model
    • Recognition of the multi-dimensional needs of kids and families
    • Desire to dedicate time and energy to work beyond academic instruction
    • Excitement to engage fully in an innovative “start-up” environment

In their work so far, they have demonstrated a...

  • Proficiency turning provided units and curriculum into internalized lessons
    • Fluency in articulating clear and specific learning objectives
    • Competence in designing engaging lesson materials
    • Developing and leveraging formal and informal assessment
  • Understanding of how to engage groups of students
    • Ability to foster a rigorous, urgent and joyful environment
    • Strong sense of appropriate tone in leading groups of students
    • Recognition of diverse needs of learners and willingness to tailor approach
  • Cultural competence in engaging with our community of children and families
    • Basic understanding of how to support English Language Learners instructionally
    • Experience supporting students experiencing the effects of trauma and poverty
    • Competence in bridging cultures with kids and adults alike

Experience and Credentials

  • One or two years of teaching, or completion of a teacher preparation course or substantial experience working with students in an instructional setting, preferably serving a community similar to East Palo Alto and Belle Haven
  • A minimum of 24 ECE units for preschool associate is required
  • Currently held or in pursuit of a college degree strongly preferred

A Plus If

  • You have an understanding of early childhood education and child development.
  • You speak fluent Spanish.
  • You are an internal candidate.

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 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: FT

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!