Reports toLower School Division Head and Assistant Division Head
Marin Country Day School seeks a gifted educator who is passionate about teaching grades k-4 students using a rich and rigorous curriculum. We seek an educator with a demonstrated background and or interest in cultural competency, curriculum development, technology integration and environmental sustainability. Also, we seek an educator with the belief in teaching with the interests of the whole child in mind. Our approach and philosophy center around collaboration, thoughtful innovation, team building and leveraging diverse and multiple perspectives.
About Marin Country Day School
MCDS School is an independent, K-8, co-educational day school enrolling approximately 595 students from across the Bay area, drawing equally from San Francisco and Marin. Our mission states:
Our school is a community that
Inspires children to develop a love of learning,
thoughtful perspectives and a diversity of skills;
Nurtures in each of them a deep sense of
respect, responsibility and compassion; and
Challenges them to envision and to work toward a better world.
We actively seek diversity in our administration, faculty and student body. As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but is not limited to: age, family structure, gender, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, and learning style. As our Statement of Community and Inclusion indicates, “Ours is a Community that would be uncomfortable without diversity and, therefore, has been intentional about creating and nurturing a diverse group of adults and children who share the core values of respect, responsibility and compassion.”
At MCDS, every employee is integral in creating a learning community in which all seek to improve as practitioners, learners and team members, and we support our outstanding faculty and professional staff through our strong professional development program.
Overview of Associate Teacher Position:
Marin Country Day School seeks motivated educators to support elementary classrooms. The Associate Teacher position is ideal for individuals beginning a career in education and/or in a credential or graduate program. This is a full time teaching position beginning in late August 2019 and ending June 2020. The position reports to the Division Head and Assistant Division Head.
Associate Teachers are paired with a teacher in a self-contained classroom of approximately 18-20 students in grades K-2. The Associate Teacher remains in that classroom for the academic year. In grades 3 and 4, the Associate Teacher is also paired with a teacher but works across the grade level in two different classrooms. Teaching, observing and collaborating with other teachers, an Associate Teacher is responsible for all aspects of school life, gaining valuable experience.
Responsibilities Include but are not limited to:
Meet with classroom teacher regularly
Prepare for plan and lead some whole group, small group and individual activities and teaching
Prepare for and participate in parent teacher conferences and report card writing
Participate in classroom preparation, organization and logistical responsibilities
Creates a supportive and inclusive classroom environment that honors and nurtures each child’s individual identity
Develops warm and respectful relationships with students
Identifies and responds to individual students’ learning differences and creates enrichment opportunities with the teacher they work with
Collaborates with Student Support Services to meet the needs of individual learners
Participates in regular team and/or department meetings and weekly faculty meetings
Attends Back to School Nights
Attends parent-teacher conferences and assists with report card writing
Participates in student admission process
Supervises students at recess, carpool, lunch room etc.
Chaperones field trips and overnight outdoor education trips in 3rd and 4th grade.
Participates in assemblies and other special events
Serves on committees as needed
Robust professional development program
Faculty and Staff of Color Affinity Group called Fusion
Active SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) group
Ability to design innovative curriculum in collaboration with colleagues
Strong and supportive professional community with a growth mindset
MCDS is an equal opportunity employer and promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. Compensation is competitive.
Minimum of an undergraduate degree
Desire to pursue a career in education
Strong preference for individuals in credentialing and/or advanced degree programs in Education
Relevant teaching experience
Commitment to professional growth, reflective practice, and growth mindset
Strong ability to work collaboratively
About Marin Country Day School
Marin Country Day School is an independent K-8 coed day school enrolling 595 students at a 35-acre campus in Corte Madera, California. Our school's mission, underscored by our core values of respect, responsibility and compassion, asks children to become skilled learners and ethical human beings, motivated to make a difference in the world.
Founded in 1956 by an adventurous group of parents and educators who believed that learning is a joyous and lifelong process, MCDS provides a distinguished education based on distinctive values, aspirations and practices. Students at MCDS enjoy the benefits of innovative teaching, enhanced understanding of how children learn, tools for clear and creative expression and an increasingly diverse student body.
Our rich and well-considered core curriculum includes a rigorous grounding in traditional academic disciplines: English, Spanish, mathematics, science and social studies. Art, athletics, drama, music and outdoor education are integral parts of the program. In addition, Aikido/Energy Time, developmental physical education and age-appropriate curricula covering nutrition, human sexuality and substance abuse promote health and wellness.
We strive as well to prepare our students to participate thoughtfully and meaningfully in the changing world of the 21st century, and to give them flexible skill sets that will serve them in a world that is more competitive and technologically integrated. Woven into the program are initiatives promoting ecoliteracy, global awareness and engagement and facility in the use of technology. Ongoing review of the core program assures that the curriculum is dynamic, incorporates current pedagogy and best practices, and is well-aligned through the nine grade levels.