Associate Teachers are an integral part of the teaching team at The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine. They work with Head Teachers in individual classrooms, and they participate fully in the life of the school. Associate Teachers are teachers-in-training, or prospective teachers, who may or may not yet had full-time classroom experience but are qualified to work with children in a classroom context based on previous experience and/or other skills. Associate Teachers are hired for a maximum term of three years.
An Associate Teacher’s responsibilities include collaborating with the Head Teacher in all classroom duties, both academic and organizational. These responsibilities include planning and implementing curriculum, teaching specific lessons, developing and participating in classroom management, observing and assessing students’ progress, helping complete paperwork, and general upkeep of the classroom. While the Head Teacher has final decision-making responsibility, Associate Teachers should be involved in planning all aspects of the curriculum. In support of The Cathedral School's mission, Associate Teachers must be willing and prepared to view curriculum and classroom culture through a lens focused on equity and justice.
Through frequent conversation and regular meetings, specific responsibilities and tasks are designated to each Associate Teacher for completion. Associate Teachers participate in parent-teacher conferences and support the Head Teacher in preparing written comments for each child sent to families twice a year. It is of the utmost importance that Associate Teachers work with Head Teachers in planning family interaction so that any messages are clear, and so that parents understand that the Head Teacher and Associate Teacher communicate frequently regarding each child.
Last, Associate Teachers participate fully in the life of the school. This includes attending faculty meetings and other school events, conferring with colleagues regarding teaching strategies and curricula, covering other classes when emergencies arise, and being part of each “duty” roster that applies to their division areas (lunch, recess, dismissal, et cetera).
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and current resume to Lower School Dean Rachel Geringer-Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org .
About The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine
The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine is an independent, Episcopal, K-8 day school for girls and boys of all faiths. The School is committed to a rigorous academic program that integrates the arts, athletics, and leadership development. Located on New York City’s Upper West Side on the 13-acre Close of the Cathedral, the School offers a unique setting for the celebration of the many traditions shared by its families. The School prides itself in being a diverse community in partnership with families who take an active role in their children’s intellectual, ethical, social, and emotional growth. The Cathedral School offers a stimulating environment in which each child can become an articulate, confident, and responsible citizen of the world. Continuing a century-old relationship, the School draws upon the Cathedral’s vast resources and provides its children’s choir.