Junior Kindergarten: Leave Replacement (January – June 2023)

Grace Church School
New York, NY United States

About Grace

Grace Church School’s mission of academic excellence, ethical values and service, and inclusive community anchors our program and informs our pedagogy and curriculum, preparing our students to lead meaningful and productive lives. The school nurtures and educates the whole child, understanding that our humanity comprises mind, body, heart, and spirit. We celebrate our differences, respect our diversity, and embrace our shared human experience.

About the position

Grace Church School seeks a nurturing and collaborative individual to join our Junior Kindergarten (4/5s) teaching team in January as a Head Teacher leave replacement for the remainder of the 2022/2023 school year. Reporting to the Head of Early Childhood, Early Childhood Head Teachers collaborate with grade level colleagues, specialists, and administrators to deliver instruction that is responsive to the needs of individual students and grounded in best practices. The Junior Kindergarten is a shared classroom space where all of the teachers work closely together. An element of this position will be to uphold and build off of the routines and practices that have already been established by the current Head Teacher. Working closely together with the current Head Teacher through January to learn about the environment and remaining scope of the school year will be an important and helpful beginning to the role. Qualified candidates must display strong classroom management skills, a proven commitment to professional growth, and an eagerness to partner with families in a mutually supportive relationship. In addition, ideal candidates must demonstrate an ability to bring joy and energy to their daily interactions with children as well as the cultural competency needed to work and communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Candidates should also possess a positive attitude and outlook along with flexibility.

Grace Church School is an equal-opportunity employer. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty. We welcome applications from candidates with broad and diverse backgrounds. Our definition of diversity includes the full spectrum of race, ability, age, gender, national origin, religion, and sexuality. Candidates for the position should be willing to engage actively and thoughtfully in the work of building a community in which all adults and students feel that they belong.

Responsibilities & Qualifications:

  • Cultivate a warm and inviting classroom community that promotes a positive and productive learning environment 
  • Guide, train, mentor, and support a Junior Kindergarten Associate Teacher 
  • Develop, plan, and teach all disciplines related to homeroom curriculum
  • Experience with strategy-based literacy and math instruction preferred, including, but not limited to:
    • Bridges in Mathematics, Sounds in Motion, Handwriting without Tears, Orton-Gillingham
  • Implement responsive, equitable, and positive classroom management strategies 
  • Collaborate with grade-level team members to enhance the curriculum with commitment to addressing social justice, diversity, equity, and anti-bias education
  • Possess competence in antiracist pedagogy
  • Utilize technology where appropriate when teaching and planning lessons
  • Work with grade-level team members and the Head of Early Childhood 
  • Identify and respond to individual student’s academic and social-emotional needs in collaboration with the Head of Early Childhood and the JK-4 School Counselor
  • Communicate effectively with families on a regular basis through meetings, phone calls, emails, and scheduled conferences
  • Write narrative report cards that communicate the development of the whole child (language, math, social studies, writing, and social-emotional development)


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • 3-5 years experience teaching early childhood/elementary school children (preferred)

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé through the school’s website.

Grace is an equal opportunity employer.

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