Lower School Associate (Kindergarten through 3rd Grade)BACK TO SEARCH
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Lower School
Grade Levels:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
Job Description:

Wilmington Friends School, a preschool to 12th grade Quaker, college preparatory, day school located in Wilmington, Delaware, enrolling approximately 700 students, seeks associate teachers for kindergarten through third grade for the 2019-20 academic year. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Chris Loeffler, Assistant Head of Lower School (

The mission of Wilmington Friends School’s associate teacher program is to give lower school lead teachers excellent classroom support in their work with students while providing hands-on experience and mentoring to teachers relatively new to the field of education. Associate teachers support the work of lead teachers in a multitude of ways. Associate teachers are involved in virtually every aspect of classroom teaching. They have a range of responsibilities depending on their interests and level of experience and on the particular lead teacher with whom each is working. Over the course of the year, an associate teacher is typically involved in most of the following duties:

working with individual students or small groups in all subject areas

leading the full class while the lead teacher is in a meeting or off-campus

covering recess and lunch

lesson planning, preparation and/or implementation

reading aloud to the class

attending parent conferences

assessing student work


Applicant Requirements:

In addition to classroom duties, associates are involved in a professional development program, including regular meetings with all associates, supervisory meetings with the assistant head of lower school, and regular professional development retreats.

In addition to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, successful candidates usually have significant prior experience working with children, as well as coursework in elementary education. Most important is an ability to work closely with another teacher in supporting children’s growth. A candidate must be a flexible person willing to take on various challenges to succeed in this job. Because we are looking to train future lead teachers through their work in the program, we are most interested in candidates who hope to gain teaching experience in preparation for taking on a lead teaching position. These positions, therefore, are structured as one- to three-year experiences. Candidates with diverse backgrounds – and candidates committed to working on diversity issues – and members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Associate positions are full or part-time depending on grade level and we work to find the best match in regard to teaching experience and philosophy for each lead-associate team.

Job Posting Expiration Date: 04/30/2019
Non-discriminatory Statement:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
Position Level:
Lower School
School Name:  Wilmington Friends School
Street Address: 101 School Road
City: Wilmington
State: DE
Zip Code: 19803
Phone: 302-576-2900
Head of School: Kenneth Aldridge
Founding Date: 1748
Day / Boarding: Day Only
Age / Grade Levels: Preschool - 12th Grade
Enrollment Size: 698
Social Media Sites:
Admissions Contact: Melissa Brown
Admissions Email:

10/11/2018 101 School Road
Wilmington, DE 19803

101 School Road
Wilmington, DE 19803 School

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