Beginning and Lower School Associate Teacher

Beginning and Lower School Associate Teacher

School Overview

Rowland Hall is an independent school in Salt Lake City serving approximately 1,000 students in preschool through twelfth grade. Driven by our vision of developing people the world needs, we believe in a transformational education that gives students agency and purpose, connects them to their global community, and empowers them to make the world a better place for all. 

Rowland Hall sets the standard for teaching and learning excellence through our academic and co-curricular programs, including experiential learning opportunities, artistic self-expression, and a competitive athletic program that challenges students inside and outside the classroom. We foster curiosity, compassion, and joy throughout the learning process, and graduate young adults who know how to think critically and are inspired to make a difference. 

Located near the base of the stunning Wasatch Mountain Range and adjacent to the University of Utah, a world-class research university and medical center, Rowland Hall attracts a diverse community of families. The school focuses on recruiting and retaining high-quality employees by offering extensive professional development opportunities, salaries that are competitive with local districts and market rates, and a close-knit, supportive community.

The Beginning School and Lower School

The Beginning School division serves students in preschool and Kindergarten. We build safe, joyful, and connected classroom communities. We teach young children HOW to think, not merely WHAT to think. We teach the whole child, offering children opportunities to engage using their hands, bodies, hearts, and minds. Through our rich and integrated curriculum, we encourage children to see themselves as artists, engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and authors. Authentic assessment strategies allow teachers to understand and support each child’s development and learning. Classroom schedules allow for longer periods of exploration and plenty of time for learning and playing outdoors. In addition to the NAIS accreditation maintained by the whole school, the Beginning School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Guided by the mission of the school and Rowland Hall’s strategic plan, the Lower School is a place of joyful learning. The Lower School faculty is composed of caring and knowledgeable teachers who are passionate about elementary education, skillful in creating a learning environment in which young students can thrive, and committed to continuous and collaborative professional growth. Lower School teachers, students, and families value the strong sense of community established in grades 1-5, and the unique learning experiences that the school provides each student, via the classroom curriculum, through our Specialties Program (Science, TREC, Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Library), and in our Ethical Education and Social-Emotional Learning Program.

Position Summary

Beginning and Lower School Associate Teachers work with children across multiple grade levels and sections, providing individual student support, small group facilitation, and student supervision under the direction of the Lower School administration and academic team. The Associate Teacher position is ideal for early service educators who are passionate about teaching elementary-aged children, growing their craft, and contributing to a dynamic, student-centered learning environment. Each Associate Teacher will be assigned to a subset of grades (eg: K-1 or 4-5) and will ideally remain in the position for 2 years. Paired with a master educator on the Lower School faculty, Associate teachers will have opportunities to observe and be observed, participate in instructional coaching, and engage in professional development opportunities tailored to their individual growth goals. 

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Work with teachers and administration to create supportive and collaborative classroom environments using age-appropriate classroom management skills and strategies.
  • Build strong relationships with all students in assigned grade-level classrooms and provide on-the-spot support for children experiencing moments of challenge
  • Participate as a member of a collaborative, cooperative Lower School teaching team - sharing information and strategies to sustain a healthy classroom community
  • Support students in transitions in and around the Lower School throughout the day and accompany classes in specialty spaces as needed
  • Participate in daily recess and lunch supervision with assigned grade levels
  • Deliver weekly social/emotional curricular lessons to each section of assigned grade levels in collaboration with the Beginning and Lower School Social/Emotional Support Counselor
  • Participate in curricular planning meetings and other professional meetings as needed
  • Follow policies and procedures as outlined in the Policy and Procedure Manual 
  • Other duties as required

Skills and Requirements

  • A love of and respect for elementary-aged students as learners and people, through difficult and joyful moments alike 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices with elementary students
  • Experience with or desire to begin working with multiple populations, including students, parents, faculty, and staff
  • Cultural competency both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Flexibility and readiness to juggle and prioritize multiple tasks and demands on attention
  • Good cheer and warmth, balanced by demonstrated professionalism, responsibility, and sound judgment

The requirements listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Lift up to 35 pounds; 
  • Easily move around a classroom for demonstrations and to support students in their work;
  • Exhibit classroom management skills that balance a fun, creative environment for students while maintaining a safe learning environment;
  • Manage frequent in-person interactions with numerous interruptions in a fast-paced environment;
  • Work as part of a collaborative team.

Additional Information

This is a full-time, non-exempt position beginning August 01, 2024. This position reports to the Beginning School and Lower School Assistant Principal. 


Equal Employment Opportunity

Rowland Hall is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, believes that each individual is entitled to equal opportunity without regard to sex, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal or state anti-discrimination laws. Rowland Hall’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.