Keys School, co-ed K-8, independent school located in Palo Alto, CA
Founded in 1973, Keys School is a two-campus, grades K through 8 independent school in Palo Alto that upholds high academic standards for students while also nurturing the whole child. Because Keys School holds the developmental needs of students at its core, the school maintains an exceptional curricular program that celebrates the life of the mind. A visit to either campus will find impassioned educators working to ensure that every student is seen, known, and valued in a supportive and dynamic learning environment; engaged, kind students who are critical thinkers, able problem solvers, and nimble learners and leaders; and the preservation of the magic of childhood through an educational program that promotes wonder, inspiration, inquiry, and exploration.
Today, Keys represents a collective of educators who support, learn, and act in partnership with marginalized communities, and is known for helping students to become compassionate and empathetic community members while developing the confidence to find their voice and advocate for themselves.
Keys School is searching for a Lower School Associate Teacher. The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Head of Lower School and will be responsible for designing a culturally responsive, interdisciplinary program grounded in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. This educator cultivates an environment that provides students with a foundation for lifelong learning, the development of self-advocacy skills, and resilience while demonstrating empathy and compassion for others. This educator also is committed to collaborative, reflective practice that centers student authenticity and learning.
The Associate Teacher experience at Keys School is supplemented by participation in the Keys School Associate Teacher Program. This practice-oriented, beginning career educator induction program uses classroom experience as a basis for further pedagogical learning, reflection, and engagement with educational research in a small cohort model that also develops practitioner-researcher mindsets. The Program can be tailored to participants’ prior preparation and goals. The Associate Teacher Program generally spans two academic years, at which time participants prepare themselves for employment in lead positions in independent schools.
We are currently seeking associate teachers for Kindergarten and Second Grade.
Passion for working with elementary-aged children, with a solid commitment to the teaching profession and social and emotional learning
Respect for the life of the child
The ability to foster strong student connections
A commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging (DEIB)-informed, antiracist pedagogy to advocate for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community
Strong organizational, verbal, and written communication skills
A commitment to continuous improvement, lifelong learning, and professional development
A growth mindset and value feedback as a tool for growth
The ability and willingness to work in teams and collaborate extensively with colleagues, and work across differences (intellectually and socially)
Consistent engagement in strong, respectful, and gracious interpersonal and professional communication
Initiative, internal motivation, and a willingness to take on responsibilities beyond those explicitly defined
A sense of humor
A Bachelors Degree, teaching credential, Masters Degree, or coursework completed towards the same
Teaching experience, preferably in an independent school environment
Be present for, and aid in, classroom set up and clean up, and other day-to-day material and classroom management
Play an active role in all teaching, planning, and assessing/reflecting (note that purposeful observation, small group work, one-on-one work, etc., are all considered active roles)
In conjunction with the Lead Teacher, communicate about the program and learning with families through face-to-face conversations, newsletters, emails, and blog posts
Attend cyclical meetings with the Assistant Head of Lower School to reflect on growth and personal career path, discuss current trends in education, dive deeper into pedagogical topics, and participate in lesson studies
Give and receive feedback through observation protocols
Actively engage in the school community by participating in faculty meetings, recess and lunch duties, and additional school events
Maintain professional collegial relationships that encourage sharing, planning, and working together toward improved instructional skills and student success
Model positive behaviors for students and colleagues that align with the school’s core values, emphasizing social and emotional skills
Monitor own beliefs and behavior to ensure that high expectations are held for all students regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender, or other personal identities
Use classroom management approaches that develop intrinsic motivation, student agency, and self-reflection.
Frame mistakes as opportunities to learn, while ensuring the safety, social-emotional learning, and well-being of all classroom community members
Actively participate in professional development with a growth mindset and a healthy sense of humor
Engage in ongoing and essential work to foster a culture of anti-bias, anti-racism, respect, equity, belonging, and inclusion
Wage: Non-exempt, hourly rate of $44-$46, depending upon years of experience. Health and retirement benefits are part of the compensation package.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, the ability to adjust focus, and sound hearing. The ability to speak clearly and coherently is also necessary. On occasion, the employee is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, run, and/or jump.
TO APPLY, PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING DIGITALLY:
Guided by its mission and respect for every child’s life experience, the “Keys School challenges students to develop a keen intellect and a generous spirit, to advocate for themselves and others, and to honor curiosity and reflection in an increasingly hurried world.” We look forward to the opportunity to learn more about your interest.
Cover letter addressed to Betsy Doss (she/her), Head of Lower School. The letter should describe your interest, experience, and commitment.
List of three references with contact information.
Only electronic applications will be accepted. Thank you.
Keys School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, orientation, or veteran status. For more information on the school, please visit keysschool.org