The Chapin School, a vibrant all-girls independent school on the Upper East Side, seeks Lower School Associate Teachers. The Associate Teacher position (Grades K–3) is a two-year, full-time position for collaborative and passionate educators who believe in our mission: empowering diverse, ambitious, and resolute young women. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to anti-racist education, a flexible attitude, and a willingness to learn.
Our Lower School Associate Teachers are essential to our school community and create a warm learning environment for our students. Associate Teachers work closely with a Head Teacher, gaining hands-on classroom experience and responsibility. Associate Teachers will receive support, coaching, and in-house professional development with the goal of building confidence in their authentic teaching style, curricular mastery, and a deep understanding of child development as they gain skills necessary for lead positions in the Lower School setting.
Candidates must be committed to culturally responsive teaching that makes meaningful connections between students’ identities and life experiences and how they manifest themselves in a Lower School classroom. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate a passion for and recognize the importance of an all-girls setting. Ideal candidates are reflective about their practice and avail themselves of professional development opportunities. Strong collaboration skills and a sense of humor are critical as this position requires working closely with a Head Teacher, Associate Head of Lower School, and other colleagues. While many Associate Teacher candidates have one or two years of student teaching experience in independent/charter/public schools and have obtained or are working towards a Master’s degree, Chapin welcomes qualified career changers with limited classroom experience.
The Chapin School believes that equity, inclusion, and collaboration are critical to personal growth and therefore actively seeks diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body.
The responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:
Supporting and collaborating with a Head Teacher
Planning and conducting small group or whole group lessons
Assessing and documenting students’ needs
Attending and participating in grade-level meetings, student support meetings, and professional development
Participating in conversations around curricular planning and classroom management
Supervising lunch, recess, and bus duties
Candidates should have:
Previous experience with Lower School Students preferred
A commitment to ongoing learning about diversity, equity and inclusion, and justice initiatives
Bilingual English/Spanish speakers are of special interest as our students learn Spanish starting in Kindergarten
About The Chapin School
The Chapin School is dedicated to empowering a diverse, ambitious and resolute community of young women to thrive and lead in their world. Guided by our motto, Fortiter et Recte, Chapin considers bravery, compassion, service and respect for self and others to be fundamental values. We believe that equity, inclusion and collaboration are critical to personal growth. By advancing and deepening each student’s agency, confidence and resilience within an affirming and joyful learning environment, Chapin strives to ensure that each student is emboldened to pursue distinction as a leader and contributing citizen.
The Chapin School, founded in 1901, is an independent, all-girls day school in New York City currently serving 802 students K–12.
Chapin’s signature Focus Forward strategic plan, which guided our work for more than a decade, intensified Chapin’s historic commitment to offering the most challenging academic curriculum while also teaching the social, emotional and other skills that will set the stage for its students’ success in this century. Chapin’s institutional priorities continue to be imbued with the spirit of Focus Forward. We have fine-tuned our... articulation of the School’s purpose as we approach the third decade of the 21st century. A forward-focused learning community whose symbol is a wheel will never cease to strive toward achieving its vision of cultivating in girls the skills and attributes that will allow them to be brave for themselves and for others.
UNDER ONE ROOF
Chapin’s single building provides a unified learning environment under one roof for all students, the 128 faculty members who teach them and the 85 staff members who support all other aspects of school life. An ambitious construction project to be completed in 2020 will feature an entire floor dedicated to the arts and a gymnasium with suspended running track—all with spectacular views of our urban location. The Hayot Center for Innovation, to open in 2020, will provide our entire learning community the opportunity to extend our commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry-based investigations and explorations, deepening students’ interests through experimentation, invention and the development of out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues.
Our vibrant, inspiring and welcoming new spaces will further our commitment to a forward- focused learning environment that enables all students to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century to the best of their abilities. With these exciting new spaces as a canvas, we renew our pledge to develop curriculum and pedagogy that reflect current research and best practices, always placing each student at the center of her own learning.