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Lower School Associate Teacher

Fort Washington, PA

Germantown Academy


We inspire students to be: Independent in Thought • Confident in Expression • Compassionate in Spirit • Collaborative in Action • Honorable in Deed


Position Title: Lower School Associate Teacher


Germantown Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school located on a beautiful 126-acre campus in the Fort Washington suburbs near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school serves more than 1,200 students in grades PK-12. Founded in 1759, GA is America’s oldest non-sectarian day school with rich traditions and a strong commitment to ongoing innovation of curricular and pedagogical practices.


Germantown Academy is committed to the work of equity and inclusion and believes that equal opportunity in all aspects of employment supports the mission of the school and the successful attainment of our strategic objectives. Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and a respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying socioeconomic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds.


Position Purpose: We are seeking candidates for a full-time Associate Teacher (AT) position beginning August 2024. This is a 10-month teaching position with an excellent array of benefits and a competitive salary. The AT supports the classroom Lead Teachers in planning and teaching curriculum and facilitating assessments with students. The AT is required to plan, prepare for, and lead small group instruction with students, as well as lead whole group lessons with direction from the Lead Teacher. The AT is responsible for supporting all aspects of the program.


Key Responsibilities:

·       Attendance from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., in addition to occasional required professional commitments after 3:15, including faculty meetings, Back to School Nights, parent-teacher conferences, and other classroom commitments that may extend beyond these hours

·       Work in tandem with the Lead Teacher(s) to establish and promote a professional, consistent, and positive classroom climate consistent with the GA Community Commitments and GA Mission

·       Assist in the preparation of the classroom

·       Assume supervisory duties to ensure the safety and welfare of all students

·       Prepare lessons and materials within an existing classroom curriculum framework

·       Teach various components of the program, including leading small group math or literacy lessons, throughout the day as scheduled

·       Consult with the Lead Teacher when the Lead Teacher is absent from the classroom, in order to take on the lead role, as needed

·       Monitor and communicate student progress to the Lead Teacher

·       Assess and return homework and classroom assignments (e.g. assist in the editing and revision of students’ written work; confer with students regarding writing assignments, offering suggestions for revision and improvement)

·       Extra-Curricular Activity (ECA) requirement: As part of the annual employment commitment at GA, Associate Teachers are required to work in the after school program (SPARK) one day/week until 5:15 pm for which they will receive additional compensation.



·       4-year college degree required; degree in elementary education preferred

·       Experience working with elementary-aged children

·       Strong oral and written communication skills

·       Strong collaboration, organization, problem solving, and decision-making skills.

·       Strong work ethic, attendance, and punctuality

·       Strong skills in using technology to support communications -Google apps, Microsoft Office, web-based applications

·       Strong aptitude for learning educational technology to support student instruction-iPad applications, Google Education workspaces, digital media

·       Strong interest in professional growth and development

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