Teaching Assistants are important members of the SFFS teaching team. We seek teachers compelled by the Friends school mission, which includes an exemplary education supported by a community dedicated to peaceful problem-solving, service to others, simplicity, respect for the individual, and silent reflection.
The middle school teaching assistant will be involved in the following duties:
• Supervision of children, including recess, lunchtime, arrival, and dismissal • Maintaining classroom spaces and preparing materials for lessons • Student observations • Serving as a co-advisor • Working with individual, small, and large groups of children in a variety of subjects • Accompanying students and attending specialist classes, as needed • Provide short-term coverage for lead teachers, as needed • Assist in coordination of field trips, service learning, and outdoor education • Participation in faculty and staff meetings • Serve as bridge between the regular school day and the after-school program
Additional responsibilities may be negotiated based on the skills, expertise, and profile of the applicant. The assistant is encouraged to join school activities and serve on school-wide committees. The middle school assistant will attend a few evening special events, like Back to School Night, New Family Orientation evenings, and conferences, and may support teachers in assessments and preparations for report writing, as requested.
Overview of Qualifications Successful applicants will possess a sense of commitment to the school's mission and eagerness to participate in a developing community. We seek flexible applicants willing to adapt to the needs of a range of students and teachers. Qualified applicants will possess a talent for working with children in an educational setting, as well as strong communication skills and the ability to work in a team. We are particularly drawn to educators who have a pioneering spirit and are creative problem-solvers. We seek assistants who are open and adept at communicating with colleagues, parents, and students.