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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 465 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 courage to become more than great students, but great people. Please visit our website,, for more information.


Overview of Position

This position is for a full time Elementary Science and Garden Associate Teacher, beginning August 2022. This teacher will report to the Elementary Division Head. This associate teacher works closely with the Lead Elementary Science Teacher in order to support TK through fourth grade science classes. The associate teacher will also support integration of eco-literacy curriculum between science and the garden as well as the ongoing garden maintenance and bunny care at the elementary campus.


Assisting with lesson preparation for labs and hands-on experiments in kindergarten-fourth grade science classes weekly
Collaborate with colab teacher to engage our TK students in science, garden, & colab hands-on experiences that promote foundational understandings
One on one and small group student support during science classes
Weekly planning preparation with lead science teacher regarding both science and garden curriculum
Collaboration with science teacher to integrate science curriculum, eco-literacy, and the garden space
Provide support to faculty to integrate eco-literacy learning into existing curricula
Facilitate Bunny Care club during lunch recess for first-fourth graders
Facilitate Garden Club during lunch recess for first-fourth graders
Ongoing garden maintenance
Bunny hutch maintenance
Create meaningful relationships and an inclusive classroom environment with students

Required Qualifications

Appreciation for and desire to work with TK-4 aged students
An authentic love of helping students excel in science and eco-literacy learning
Knowledge of the essential role social emotional literacy plays in the workplace and interest in application of SEL within the educational setting
Knowledge of identity safe and anti-bias educational practices
Ability to create an inclusive classroom community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected
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, indicating training applicable to the responsibilities of the position

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
Knowledge of educational technology to support teaching and learning
Understanding of differentiated learning techniques
Nuanced understanding of DEI/social justice knowledge from a personal or programmatic perspective
Understanding of basic gardening
Willingness to learn about bunnies and their needs


The salary is competitive. Some 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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