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Prospect Sierra School

Overview of School

Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 470 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Every day our exceptional teachers connect students’ academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop the courage to become more than great students, but great people. Please visit our website,, for more information.

Overview of Position

We will need an associate teacher in our 4th grade to cover while a teacher is out on maternity leave for the first semester of the 22-23 school year. Associate teachers report to the Elementary Division Head and will work in close collaboration with their lead teacher, as well as the Associate Teacher Program Team Leader. This is a full time teaching position. The associate teacher is responsible for providing support to the lead teacher in assisting students both academically and socially.

At Prospect Sierra School, associate teacher positions are full-time, and these positions exist in grades TK-4. The school recognizes that the scope of an associate’s work will depend in part on that associate’s level of experience and possible credential requirements, if they are in a teacher training program. For our maternity leave position, the following goals would guide their work for the semester.

Stage One Expectations: 

Able to share ideas and contribute to planning units
Able to lead morning meetings
Able to provide small-group instruction with guidance
Able to support emergent curriculum units
Takes helpful observation notes on students that may be used for assessment
Able to write conference notes and support progress report process by providing observations and peer edits for lead teacher
Observes lead teacher assessing students, but does not administer any assessments until the 2nd half of the year, with training

Daily Responsibilities of an Associate Teacher

Support the Lead Teacher in creating a positive learning environment
Assist in the preparation of classroom materials
Share in the planning of the weekly curriculum
Assist in maintaining a clean, well-organized learning environment
Maintain ongoing communication with the lead teacher on classroom issues and individual students
Model patience, flexibility, kindness, responsibility, a sense of humor, and a respect for others

Required Qualifications

Appreciation for and desire to work with four to ten year olds
Demonstrated desire to learn best practices in early childhood/elementary education
Knowledge of the essential role social emotional literacy plays in the workplace and interest in application of SEL within the educational setting
Recognition of the importance of creating an inclusive classroom community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected, potentially including knowledge of identity safe and anti-bias educational practices
Ability to take initiative, work passionately and joyfully, and collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies
Willingness to be a team player, show initiative, and take on leadership roles as needed
A passionate commitment to creating an innovative, joyful environment for students
Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and/or professional coursework or certification

In addition to required qualifications, desirable additional skills include:

Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Excellent interpersonal skills
Organizational skills and the ability to multitask
Willingness to engage in learning how best to use current technology tools to support teaching and learning
Nuanced understanding of DEI/social justice knowledge from a personal or programmatic perspective
School-wide Duties

Participation on committees as needed and appropriate
Attend Back to School Night and Open House
Ancillary duties include responsibilities that are part of elementary school life, e.g., team and staff meetings, attendance at school functions, and recess duties weekly


The salary is competitive. Benefits included.

How to Apply

Send a résumé (including contact information for three references) and one-page cover letter to:

Abby Guinn, Elementary School Division Head

Prospect Sierra School is an equal opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.

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