The Kew-Forest School seeks a warm and motivated Associate Teacher (3-month maternity leave replacement) for our Preschool 3s classroom during the 2019-2020 school year. The Preschool class is made up of 8-13 students, led by a Lead Teacher and Associate Teacher. The 3s classroom provides a rich environment for cognitive, social and emotional development, and actively engages each child in the learning process.
This full-time maternity leave position, running from the beginning of January through the end of March (with a few days in December to overlap with the Lead Teacher), comes with the responsibility of working with the Lead Teacher to teach Preschool in support of the school’s mission and curricular goals. The role of the Associate Teacher is a collaborative one. While the Lead Teacher shoulders primary responsibility for the class, both teachers are expected to plan together to deliver whole and small-group instruction across content areas. The Associate Teacher participates actively in teaching and assessment, supports parent-teacher conferences (if applicable) and report-writing, and substitutes for the Lead Teacher as necessary. Associate Teachers meet regularly with their cooperating Lead Teacher as well as a designated Mentor Teacher and with the Assistant Head of Lower School. Along with a good sense of humor, the ideal candidate will bring the ability to collaborate and take initiative. The candidate will be responsible, mature, nurturing, enthusiastic, and dedicated with a strong desire to teach. The Associate Teacher holds a B.A. degree, and typically holds or is working toward their teaching credential or masters degree. Prior classroom experience is desired, preferably at the nursery level.
Kew-Forest, an independent, coed, college preparatory school for students in Preschool - Grade 12, was established in 1918 to serve the Kew Gardens/Forest Hills community of Queens. Today, the Kew-Forest student body is one of the most diverse and international to be found at any independent school in the country. Kew-Forest students have varied cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and a majority are multilingual. At Kew-Forest, our mission is to do more than just educate—it is to deeply inspire. Through challenging, thought-provoking curriculum taught in a vibrant multicultural community, we have created a truly unique learning environment. Students are encouraged to ask questions, to challenge the norm, and to try new things every day, so learning is perpetually exciting and rewarding. Please learn more about our school at kewforest.org.
The Kew-Forest School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
Please send resume, cover letter, and a list of at least three references to Vita Russo (email@example.com), Assistant Head of Lower School, and include “Preschool Associate Teacher - Maternity Leave” in the subject line.
About The Kew-Forest School
The Kew-Forest School was founded in its current location in 1918 by Louis D. Marriott and Guy Hinman Catlin. Their objective was to establish “a country day school which has modern equipment, high standards of scholarship and discipline, and a sincere spirit of service.” Kew-Forest opened its doors to neighborhood residents and currently has students from Forest Hills and 40 other communities in Queens, as well as areas of Brooklyn, Long Island, Bronx and Manhattan. Today, the Kew-Forest student body is one of the most diverse and international to be found at any independent school in the country. Kew-Forest students have varied cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and a majority are multilingual. The current school building, anchored by the original brick building of Georgian architecture, includes lower and upper school wings, a gymnasium/auditorium, a library wing, and a laboratory building on two acres of land. Kew-Forest is in close proximity to public transportation.
The Kew-Forest School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the New York State Department ...of Education. The School is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York (GISNY).
MISSION The Kew-Forest School is an intimate early childhood through 12th grade learning community that is small by design, inclusive, and globally representative. Kew-Forest provides a safe, nurturing, and intellectually vigorous environment that inspires every student to explore and expand creative interests, to apply courageous and innovative thinking, and to become an ethical contributor to ever-widening communities. Kew-Forest students develop the skills necessary for pursuing higher education and for acquiring the essential competencies of a responsible citizen.