Lower School Associate Teacher

Full-time position to begin in August 2019.


The Associate Teacher Program at the Spence Lower School provides the foundation for beginning teachers to prepare to ultimately become lead teachers of their own classroom. Associates typically remain at Spence for two years, as this allows them to teach in different grade levels and to work with more than one Head Teacher. Head Teachers work closely with their Associates to mentor them in the following areas:         
  • The craft of teaching and the development of curriculum
  • Strategies for teaching, including differentiation of instruction
  • Classroom management
  • Professionalism
  • Student assessment
  • Development of personal teaching style
  • Communication with parents
  • Active observation of students
  • Weekly planning


In addition to learning the craft of teaching by supporting the Head Teacher and assisting with classroom practices, Associate Teachers have additional responsibilities which include:
  • Attending all faculty and grade level meetings
  • Attending curriculum night
  • Leading a reading group
  • Writing at least one student report a semester
  • Participating in school-wide professional development


  • Possesses MA or MS (or working toward it) in Elementary Education preferred
  • Has experience working with young children
  • Finds joy in working with children and in school life
  • Approaches work with optimism, energy, kindness and a sense of humor
  • Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Supports Spence’s commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Has a disposition toward learning from and with colleagues about teaching practice
Spence is committed to an equitable program and a diverse faculty and student body. We therefore actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds. 

Applicants should email cover letter and resume as a single file in PDF format—please include the applicant’s name in the file name—to ls_associateteacher@spenceschool.org (no faxes or phone calls, please).