Overview of Position

The Montclair Cooperative School seeks full time assistant teachers in the primary grades for the 2017-18 school year. Assistant teachers work under the supervision of head teachers. Assistant teachers work directly with students one on one, in small groups and for brief amounts of time with the whole class. Duties can include classroom management, leading discussions or projects, and supervising recess. Assistant teachers help direct art projects, cooking projects, and literacy exercises. Assistant teachers are essential supervisors on field trips. General classroom maintenance, record-keeping, and photocopying are shared tasks between head and assistant teachers. The rewarding role of assistant teacher in an independent school is an apprenticeship pathway to a head teaching position.


Qualified candidates will have a range of experience working the children in summer programs, after-school programs, and schools. Preferred candidates are working towards their education degree and have completed their student teaching placement. A bachelor’s degree is required. The ideal candidate will embrace our progressive educational program, demonstrate creativity and energy working with young children, and show initiative in working closely with a head teacher.

About Montclair Cooperative School

Montclair Cooperative School is a community of learners (nursery through 8th grade) where children are invited to take risks, question, explore, discuss, interpret, and create. We discover ways to apply learning effectively in solving problems and constructing new knowledge. We value diversity and understand that the world is composed of different people, cultures, and ideas. We are cooperative in that everyone – teachers, students, and parents – participates in the educational process. We are progressive in that children learn by building on multi-disciplinary themes and experiences.

To Apply

Applicants should send a current resume and a cover letter that introduces themselves and explains their qualifications for this position to Namita Tolia, Head of School, at assistantteachersearch@montclaircoop.org. No phone calls, please. Please indicate how you learned of the opportunity in your cover letter.

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