Lower School Associate Teacher

LREI (Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School) seeks educators committed to exploring progressive pedagogy. Candidates with diverse experiences are encouraged to apply. The school is seeking Associate Teachers for Fours through Fourth Grade classrooms for the 2018-2019 school year.

Overview of Position
The Associate Teacher assists the Head Teacher in all areas of classroom life. Responsibilities include classroom setup, classroom management, leading activities, supporting individual students while they work, preparing materials for projects, and recess and lunch duties. After observing the Head Teacher for a period of time, the Associates are expected to progress towards leading lessons and planning curriculum. Other aspects of the position entail daily communication with the Head Teacher about students, faculty meetings and professional development days, and twice-a-month Associate Teacher Seminars.  

Qualifications Sought
We seek talented individuals who want to learn through apprenticeship. The ideal candidate is an aspiring teacher who is motivated to learn all they can about classroom teaching. Cultural competence, the ability to work collaboratively, excellent writing skills, and a joyful positive attitude about children are essential. A Bachelor’s degree as well as successful experience working with children in a group setting is required. Many Associates have or are working towards a Master’s degree in education.

Overview of School
Founded in 1921 by Elisabeth Irwin (a contemporary and colleague of John Dewey, Caroline Pratt, and Lucy Sprague Mitchell), the school has been at the vanguard of pedagogical innovation since its founding. LREI’s goal is to educate students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners and to pursue academic excellence and individual achievement, in a context of respect for others and service to the community. We believe that learning should be active and experiential, with the school providing abundant opportunities for students to excel. We accept students with a range of abilities and talents who can take full advantage of a rich and demanding academic program in which each student is both challenged and supported. We seek to create within the school a community built on understanding and respecting others.Thus, our student body traditionally reflects the racial and cultural diversity of our city, and our curriculum is built on inter-disciplinary studies to promote understanding of many cultures. While individual achievement is encouraged and rewarded, our program underscores the value of shared goals, friendship and cooperation in mastering difficult tasks. The progressive ideals that in 1921 gave life and inspiration to the school — academic excellence and creativity, active learning and innovative teaching, respect for the individual and responsibility to the community-continue to guide the school today. LREI is located in vibrant Greenwich Village and classes venture forth often to use the neighborhood and the city to provide rich learning experiences.  

Application Process
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and 3 references to jobs@lrei.org, attention Debra Jeffreys-Glass, Lower School Assistant Principal. 


Please include your name in the title of all documents.  No phone calls please.
For further information about LREI’s history, mission and program, please visit and read our website at www.lrei.org.