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Paideia is a pre-K-12 college preparatory school of over 1,000 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta; the elementary school enrolls approximately 382 students. The elementary program includes twelve full-day, self-contained classrooms. There are two teachers in each class of twenty-six to twenty-eight children. Teachers work together as lead teacher and assistant or as two co-lead teachers. Children remain with their own teacher throughout the day with the exception of classes with specialists including art, music, physical education, and library.
Paideia’s philosophy is based on the belief that to educate well, schools must be individualized. The elementary school faculty emphasizes the acquisition of basic academic skills. The development of social skills is an important part of every learning experience at Paideia. Teachers frequently employ nontraditional means to achieve these traditional goals. Most academic work in the elementary school level is carried out through individually prescribed instruction in mixed-age or multi-age classrooms that emphasize individual challenge and achievement rather than competition.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assistant teachers at Paideia are considered full teachers with classroom teaching and curricular responsibilities. The biggest difference in lead and assistant teachers is the number of years of classroom experience. Assistants participate in parent conferences, curriculum development, student assessment and staffing, professional development, faculty meetings, etc. It is a wonderful opportunity for a teacher with less experience to collaborate with an experienced teacher.
Required Skills and Abilities:
We are looking for someone who has a passion for learning and a desire to develop a knowledge of current best practices in early elementary education; a love and understanding of children and early childhood; a knowledge, understanding, and successful exhibition of learning strategies to support all students, skills in integrating curriculum; clear communication skills; the ability to work collaboratively as a part of a team to create a positive, nurturing environment for all students.
Applicants must have a BA in a related field and a minimum of 2-3 years of experience teaching lower elementary aged students.
As a condition of employment, all employees hired after August 19, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and able to provide proof of such vaccination.
Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three references via our online application.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A robust benefits package is offered for benefits-eligible positions. Paideia School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For more information about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, our focus on social/emotional learning alongside rigorous academic offerings, as well as opportunities for extra curricular learning, please visit our website at www.paideiaschool.org.
About The Paideia School
Paideia is a K-12 college preparatory school of 999 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta; the elementary school enrolls 333 students. The elementary program includes twelve full-day, self-contained classrooms grades K-6. There are two teachers in each class of twenty-six to twenty-eight children. Teachers work together as lead teacher and assistant or as two co-lead teachers. Other than classes with specialists including art, music, physical education, and library, children remain with their own teachers throughout the day.
We believe the constellation of relative strengths and weaknesses among any group of students can differ widely; teachers decide when and how to offer extra help, when and where to augment a task to provide extra challenge, and when and why to take a step back to allow a child to process information. Social development is an integral part of a child’s maturation. Teachers help children learn how to work together cooperatively and effectively.