University School of Nashville is currently accepting applications for Lower School Teacher Assistants for the 2018-2019 school year. These positions offer a unique opportunity to be part of a classroom through the entire school year, helping teachers build the network of relationships to create a dynamic and inclusive learning environment. Through guided work in the classroom, instruction, immersion, professional development, and workshops in the theories and methods of early childhood education, the Teacher Assistant will gain a deeper sense of the many responsibilities and joys of the teaching profession. Teacher Assistants take an active part in the life of the School and are integral to helping USN carryout its mission to teach with best practices.
Teacher Assistants are appointed to positions in Kindergarten through Second Grade.The Teacher Assistant primarily spends the academic year working closely with a mentor teacher to support the sixteen or eighteen students in the classroom. Assisting the Head Teacher in all areas of classroom life, the responsibilities of the Teacher Assistant include, but are not limited to, classroom management, supporting individual students, preparing materials for projects, assessing students' needs, documenting class activities and supporting the daily maintenance of the classroom. Teacher Assistants are expected to progress in their abilities towards planning and conducting small group or whole class lessons
While working as instructors in the early childhood classroom, Teacher Assistants learn from faculty mentors and from opportunities for professional development. While engaging in this nurturing learning process, the Teacher Assistant is expected, nevertheless, to exercise professional judgment and responsibility in keeping with the expectations of the Schools faculty.
We seek talented individuals who want to further their understanding of teaching young children through apprenticeship. Priority is given to aspiring teachers who are motivated to learn all they can about classroom teaching. A Bachelors degree as well as successful experience working with children in a group setting is required.
Candidates should be able to devote 4-4 ½ hours per day between the hours of 8:00 am and 1:00 pm Monday-Friday from mid-August to the end of May. The starting rate for this position is $13.25/hour.
USN is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational day school with enrollment of 1,060 students kindergarten through 12th grade. In 1915, the George Peabody College for Teachers opened Peabody Demonstration School, USN’s predecessor, which earned acclaim for its curriculum and faculty. In 1974, Peabody College announced plans to close PDS, and a group of parents, alumni, students, and teachers reconstituted and re-chartered the school as University School of Nashville.
USN’s midtown location next to Vanderbilt University and its Peabody College for Teachers reminds us every day of our 103-year-old roots in the demonstration school culture of innovation and educational best practices. It’s a vibrant educational community for both students and teachers in the midst of a dynamic city.
A deep-rooted culture of achievement at USN means students expect much of each other, and faculty benefit from that high standard. We seek educators who are enthusiastic about their own learning to complement their teaching, and we offer many opportunities for professional development. USN is committed to creating an institutional environment mirroring the cultural and ethnic composition of greater Nashville. USN encourages a diverse applicant pool and provides equal employment opportunities for employees and job applicants.