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Teaching Associate

  • 04 Mar 2024 12:58 PM
    Message # 13324553

    Westerly School
    Teaching Associate
    Start Date: August 22, 2024

    Our School
    Westerly School is an independent, non-sectarian kindergarten through 8th grade school focused on whole child education. Through experiential, engaging and differentiated instruction and practices, Westerly School strives to recognize and meet the needs of every individual student to ignite within each child a lifelong love of learning as they discover their full and unique potential. Founded in 1991 by a group of parents who wanted to provide an alternative to the Long Beach Unified School District education, Westerly remains the only independent school in Long Beach. Westerly currently enrolls 181 students. 

    Position Description
    The Teaching Associate will work with a lead teacher to guide learning in a class of approximately twenty students.  In collaboration with the Lead Teacher, the Teaching Associate is responsible for inspiring young learners, differentiating instruction and ensuring student academic and social-emotional growth and skill-building.  This role involves communicating and collaborating effectively and frequently with families and colleagues, and partnering effectively with all stakeholders in the school community to enhance the students’ learning experience and promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

    Responsibilities include:

            Assisting the lead teacher in implementing curriculum, including to differentiate the program to meet students’ varying needs and learning styles

            Instruct individual students, small groups, or whole class to carry out the curriculum planned by the Lead Teacher

            Co-facilitate and/or lead RULER, social-emotional learning program activities and lessons

            Prepare and organize instructional material as directed by the Lead Teacher

            Make logistical arrangements for special projects: field trips, special class activities

            Help the Lead Teacher maintain an orderly and clean classroom

            Act as the classroom teacher in the Lead Teacher's absence

            Perform duties as assigned by the Lead Teacher and Head of School, AHOS i.e. morning yard supervision, lunch and recess coverage, pick-up duty. etc.

            Assisting the lead teacher with grade and data entry

            Support the social and emotional growth and development of students through caring interaction and instruction in and outside of the classroom and partnership with families

            Attending faculty meetings and professional development days

            Assisting the lead teacher/administration in various capacities including attending school-related events


            Bachelor of Arts/Science degree or similar

            Experience working with children in an educational setting

            Professional and collaborative demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative

            Motivation to grow as an educational professional

            Strong organizational and planning skills

            Ability to establish rapport with families, children, and colleagues 

    Job Information
    Job Type: Full-time
    Compensation package:

    Pay range -    $22.00 - $27.50 per hour commensurate with skills and experience

    Benefits -       Medical, Dental, Vision and Life insurance; Flexible Spending Account; 403(b) retirement plan, vacation and paid sick leave

    Westerly School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit.  School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.

    Applicants, please submit a cover letter, resume, and at least 3 written letters of recommendation to: 
    Toni DiNapoli, Director of Finance and Facilities, at with “Lower School Teaching Associate - (your name)" written in the subject line.

Cal-ISBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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