First Grade Associate Teacher | Convent of the Sacred Heart - 91st St | NY

Convent of the Sacred Heart is New York City's oldest independent school for girls, educating students in Pre-K through 12. As part of an international network of schools, we are committed to a set of principles shared by all Sacred Heart Schools. Known as the "Goals and Criteria,” these principles articulate the core components of a Sacred Heart education, and charge our community with a unified educational mission.

At the heart of our philosophy is the belief that each child possesses unique gifts. Our job is to unearth those gifts, nurture them, and empower each child of the Sacred Heart to share those gifts with the global community. Convent of the Sacred Heart is committed to being an equitable and inclusive community and seeks candidates who connect to our Mission and Goals.

First Grade Associate Teacher

Convent of the Sacred Heart, seeks a Lower School First Grade Associate Teacher beginning late August 2019.
The Associate Teacher Program in the Lower School is a two-year teacher-training program designed for college graduates enrolled in a Master’s Program pursuing a career in teaching.

The principle role of the First Grade Associate Teacher is to assist in the classroom by working with the Head Teacher to achieve the best balance between teaching students and the demands of the grade program. Classroom management strategies, curriculum design, project-based instruction, and differentiated instruction are all emphasized.

Associate Teachers are expected to support classroom teachers with preparation of lessons and projects and to work with students in small groups and one-to-one in addition to teaching whole-class lessons. If the Head Teacher is absent, the Associate Teacher is asked to assume the role as Head Teacher.

Head Teachers are ultimately responsible for the academic program, parent conferences, and conveying information about individual children to the parents. 

The Associate Teacher is expected to refer all questions from parents to the Head Teacher, who has primary accountability for reporting on the growth, learning style, and behavior of the students. The Associate Teacher will share in these responsibilities by playing a supportive role.

The Associate Teacher will share routine tasks with the Head Teacher and will have additional responsibilities, which include supervising at lunch and recess times and escorting children to and from specialty classes. Associate Teachers are considered members of the faculty and as such attend faculty and grade-level meetings as well as professional development days.

The liaison for the First Grade Associate Teacher is the Head of the Mentoring Program. Associate Teachers will meet regularly with the Head of the Mentoring Program to discuss their progress as they begin teaching in the classroom and working with their Head Teacher. The Head of the Mentoring Program will also meet with the Head Teachers to discuss the progress of the Associate Teachers. At the end of the first year, the Associate Teacher may be given more classroom responsibility at the discretion of the Head Teacher.

An equal opportunity employer, Sacred Heart seeks to hire outstanding and diverse faculty and staff who work together harmoniously toward the common mission of the school.

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Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.