Lower School Assistant Teacher
The Rashi School, Dedham, MA
Lower School Assistant Teacher
The Rashi School seeks collaborative and dynamic educators to join our Lower School as assistant teachers for the 2023-2024 school year. Rashi’s Lower School uses a collaborative teaching model to promote students’ academic, social, and emotional growth by nurturing an environment that promotes risk taking, flexibility, adaptability, empathy, and resilience through collaborative teaching which models behaviors of the adults. We seek to employ faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds who model these traits for our students and are eager to support Rashi in fulfilling its mission.
The Assistant Teacher works as part of a grade level team with two Lead Teachers in managing daily classroom tasks and activities. At the request of the Lead Teachers, the Assistant Teacher provides guidance to students to enhance and facilitate learning in a variety of subjects including math, social studies, reading, science, and Jewish Studies to inspire and challenge all learners.
The Rashi School is the Boston-area Pre-K-8 Reform Jewish independent school. In our warm and inclusive community, children are appreciated for who they are as they learn and develop their identities. With the school’s foundation of rigorous academics and differentiated instruction and a mission rooted in social justice, we want our students to ask the tough questions—not just the who, what, where, but the how, why, and what can I do to fix it? Rashi graduates have the confidence to try new things and to fail forward. With kindness at their core, they become change agents in the school and beyond.
The salary for first year assistant teachers is $30,960. Assistant teachers also participate in all professional development opportunities offered by the school. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and at least 3 professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Work directly with students as directed by the Lead Teachers (e.g. working with an individual student or small group, conferencing, etc.) to inspire and challenge all learners.
- Assist the Lead Teachers in ensuring that all students are receiving appropriate accommodations.
- Assist the Lead Teachers during transition times to and from specialists.
- Demonstrate leadership under the direction of the Lead Teachers–i.e., taking charge of a classroom when a Lead Teacher is absent; developing some areas of the curriculum for specific groups of students; creating activities for morning meetings.
- Participate in weekly planning meetings with the Lead Teachers.
- Assist the Lead Teachers in classroom set-up.
- Support the Lead Teachers with the writing and proofreading of report cards.
- Assist the Lead Teachers with other responsibilities such as photocopying, lesson preparation and set-up, maintaining bulletin boards, correcting student work, etc.
- Attend grade level meetings with the Division Director and/or Learning Specialists.
- Participate in Parent-Teacher Conferences.
- Share duties (recess, lunch, etc.) set by the Assistant Head of School for Academic Operations.
- Participate in Tefillah, Kabbalat Shabbat (worship services), and other holiday celebrations.
- Continuous learner
- Open to feedback
- Strong communicator
- Active listener
- Demonstrates joy working with elementary aged students
- Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
- Belief in Rashi’s Mission and Core Values
- Bachelor’s degree
- Prior experience working with elementary school students
- Able to sit, stand, type, twist, bend.
- Able to use telephone and computers.
- Able to lift 10-15 lbs.
Rashi is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Guided by our core values of justice, respect, learning, community, and spirit, and with social justice as a foundational cornerstone of our school, we are committed to building an inclusive community that honors and respects each individual, their varied identities, and their spirit. We seek to listen, learn, and grow together to ensure that we are a place in which all community members can thrive. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds, including age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, mental disorder, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.