Lower School Assistant Lead Teacher

Delaware Valley Friends School

Employment Type Full time academic school year
Location On site · USA Paoli, PA
Team Faculty
Seniority Mid-level
  • Closing: 8:39am, 15th Mar 2024 EDT

Job Description

About DVFriends

Delaware Valley Friends School is a national leader in educating bright students in grades 1-12 with reading, writing, and other related learning differences. The school attracts students from across the Philadelphia area and is in the midst of several years of program expansion and enrollment growth. Students receive a comprehensive, research-based, college preparatory curriculum, individualized instruction, cutting-edge assistive technologies, and successful college placement, with an emphasis on metacognition and self-advocacy within a community based on Quaker values.

About you and the role

The assistant teacher is responsible for providing academic and social support to students in a multi-grade classroom of students in grades 1-5. Responsibilities may include: working one on one with a student on an academic task, teaching a lesson to a small class, and guiding students in resolving conflicts. This Teaching Assistant position is ideal for individuals beginning a career in education and/or in a credential or graduate program. Excellent teacher support including mentoring and professional development will be provided. This position supports the classroom lead teacher and reports to the lower school administrators. 

Oversight and Responsibilities.

  • Support the lead teacher in creating a positive learning environment

  • Assist in the planning of the weekly curriculum

  • Assist in the preparation of classroom materials

  • Assist in maintaining a classroom environment that supports the learning of students who have a wide range of learning challenges

  • Lead group activities and lessons when needed

  • Teach small reading and math groups

  • Teach lessons in a subject area that interests the assistant

  • Help in the correcting of schoolwork and homework

  • Maintain ongoing communication with the lead teacher on classroom difficulties and individual students

  • Model patience, flexibility, kindness, responsibility, a sense of humor, and a respect for others

  • Exhibit appropriate and accurate math, spelling, and grammar skills

  • Participate in formal communication with parents, such as parent conferences and report writing

  • Attend staff meetings and required events as referenced in the Faculty & Staff Handbook

  • Receptionist responsibilities at the front desk one day per week

  • Engage in ongoing professional development relevant to the position

  • Other duties as assigned by the Lower School Director or Head of School


  • Knowledge of students with learning disabilities and ADHD is preferred. 

  • Familiarity with and appreciation for Quaker principles.


You'll benefit from:

  • A robust health insurance plan, including a school contribution that covers the employee cost and a portion of the cost for a partner and dependents.

  • Employer match of retirement plan contributions up to 6% of salary.

  • A 10-month contract, allowing ample time for recharging your battery over the summer.

Next steps

To get started, enter your email on the top right of this page.

You’ll answer some questions that are related to your day-to-day job. After the job closes, your answers will go through our sift process: all answers will be anonymized, randomized and then reviewed by a panel of reviewers.

If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to the next step, which includes a set of interviews over Zoom and/or on campus. Also, we love giving feedback, so at the end of the application process we'll share how well you performed.

We are an equal opportunity employer

DVFriends is working to create a community that recognizes the strength of diversity and aspires to create an inclusive,  respectful, and just community. We welcome people of any race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender, gender identity and expression, age, military or veteran status, family structure, marital status, disability, citizenship status, and socioeconomic status to join our community. DV does not discriminate on the basis of these characteristics in our policies or practices.


Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Fri 15th Mar 2024


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Fri 15th Mar 2024