Lower School Assistant Teacher
Sierra Canyon seeks Lower School assistant teachers who will work with the classroom lead teacher in specific grade levels to maintain a learning environment that supports the Mission and Core Values of the School, for the 2023 - 2024 school year.
Sierra Canyon teachers enjoy an outstanding work environment and engage with students who are eager to learn. As an independent school, the school actively seeks to increase the diversity of its faculty and develop an inclusive community.
DESCRIPTION OF MAJOR EXPECTATIONS
- Work with teachers and staff to ensure the greatest academic, intellectual, social, emotional and physical development as possible of all students;
- Teach with a full understanding of Sierra Canyon’s Character Education model in mind, reinforcing respect, kindness, responsibility and honesty;
- Communicate to community members with dignity and respect, maintaining a professional attitude and confidentiality as is necessary;
- Provide instructional and clerical support for the lead classroom teacher;
- Support and assist children in learning class material under the lead teacher's direction and guidance;
- Lead class when necessary as directed by the lead teacher and administration;
- Provide students with personalized support and attention in different the frameworks common to the academic day including group, small and individual classes and centers;
- Become familiar with the pedagogy, materials and resources that the school provides;
- Faithfully and competently report on student growth and challenges, observing any concerns or praise that is noteworthy and necessary to assure student progress includes those reports that require discretion and sensitivity;
- Supervise students at all times of the day to assure safety and health including, but not limited to the playground, specialist classes, recess and lunch, et al;
- Prepare materials for instruction, check student work, keep attendance records, duplicate, laminate, and file materials. They may label, organize and display student work and other materials on bulletin boards;
- Maintain all classroom resources in an organized and intentional fashion commensurate with lead teacher and administrative direction;
- Assist in any special events, projects or duties as directed by Sierra Canyon administration or lead teacher;
- Attend staff meetings, recommended training, school activities as assigned by administration, and parent-teacher conferences scheduled by the lead teacher;
- Help to maintain a clean, neat, and organized classroom, and promote healthy habits in students;
- Participate in other duties as assigned by the Lower School Director.
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- Experience working with elementary aged children in a private independent school setting, strongly preferred;
- A minimum of a college degree, strongly preferred;
- General interest in pursuing a career in education or a school environment;
- A team-oriented approach with the ability to work effectively with grade-level and divisional faculty and staff, as well as other members of the school;
- A positive, enthusiastic, flexible, adaptable and warm personality in addition to a demonstratively strong work ethic, proactive approach, growth-mindset and positive attitude.
Expected compensation falls within the range of $17 - $23/ hour depending upon experience.
Sierra Canyon School is a nonprofit independent, nondenominational, coeducational day school in the northern San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. With an enrollment of 1,150 students in grades PK-12, admission is selective. Sierra Canyon School is located on 42 beautiful, rustic acres and has two campuses across the street from each other: the Lower Campus for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Six and the state-of-the-art Upper Campus for students in grades Seven through Twelve. Students of color comprise over 50% of the student body, 10% are international students, and students reside in 102 different zip codes. There are roughly 500 students on the Lower Campus and 650 students on the Upper Campus with 134 students in the Class of 2023.
At its core, Sierra Canyon School develops students who are as keen to realize their potential as their teachers are to inspire it. Our faculty prepares each student for a lifetime of learning and active citizenship. Academic and extracurricular programs encourage the broadening of student perspectives and provide an exposure to both the surrounding community and the wider world. Experiential learning opportunities form a healthy, challenging part of Sierra Canyon School’s program.