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Pre-School Assistant Teacher (2023-2024)

Annapolis, MD 21403
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Full-Time, 10 months, Faculty Exempt

Key School is seeking a Pre-School Assistant Teacher for the 2023-2024 academic year to work in partnership with a classroom teacher with two and three year old students. The successful candidate will have previous experience in early childhood education, understand the developmental needs of young children and demonstrate genuine warmth and concern for young children.

Reporting to the First School Division Head, a Pre-School Assistant Teacher works collaboratively on the Pre-School team to provide an age-appropriate, culturally responsive program for two and three year old students. The assistant teacher works with the lead teacher to supervise students indoors and outdoors, implement the daily classroom plans and works with students individually and in small groups. The assistant teacher must understand and support the tenants of a play-based learning environment.

Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills are required. The assistant teacher must readily partner and communicate with the lead teacher to support student progress in all domains - social/emotional, cognitive and physical development.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Actively engage with children in small groups during structured and unstructured classroom time
  • Respect children's ideas, feelings, abilities, and differences
  • Collaborate with lead teacher to implement daily classroom activities
  • Supervise indoor and outdoor play
  • Attend and participate in specials classes
  • Assume responsibility for the classroom when needed
  • Complete classroom administrative tasks
  • Complete six Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits annually

Ideal Candidate:

  • Supports and upholds Key School's mission and values
  • Demonstrates cultural competency in both classroom practice and interactions with students and colleagues
  • Flexible and able to accept schedule changes
  • Seeks out professional development opportunities and applies the learning to their classroom work.
  • Self-starter who is able to work with variety of constituencies


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 90 Hour Child Care Certification (preferred)
  • Minimum one year of experience in an early childhood education setting
  • Maintain a current CPR/First Aid certification

Physical Requirements:

The demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

This position requires indoor and outdoor student supervision each day. The students go outside to play in most conditions, including light rain, snow and hot and cold temperatures. Candidates also need to be physically able to transition between sitting on the floor and child-sized chairs.

Some classes take place in other parts of the campus. The ability to move around a mid-size campus with uneven pavement and manage stairs is needed.


Key School offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, a generous 403(b) Plan, and much more.

Technical Competencies:

All candidates for teaching positions should be familiar with learning management systems such as Seesaw and Google Classroom and have the ability to create and deliver engaging multimedia content using a variety of digital tools. Key is a Google Workspace for Education school. Candidates should be proficient in using Google applications, have a solid understanding of cloud-based storage and file-sharing platforms, and efficiently manage email and scheduling using Gmail and Google Calendar. They should be proficient in virtual communication tools such as Zoom or Google meet and have basic troubleshooting skills to resolve common technical issues that may arise in the classroom.

Work Schedule/Travel:

Occasionally, there may be school functions that will require your presence to work flexible hours, including nights and/or weekends. Additionally, participation in scheduled faculty meetings is required.

About the School

Founded in 1958 by professors from St. John's College, Key School engages children from 2.5 years of age through grade 12 in a progressive, coeducational, college-preparatory program on its picturesque 15-acre campus 4 miles from downtown Annapolis.

Key School is a dynamic, tight-knit community deeply committed to ensuring students are supported and challenged to excel educationally and personally and be confident, courageous, critical thinkers prepared to engage with the world. Our Community is as diverse as it is warm and welcoming.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

Key is particularly interested in candidates with experience in creating inclusive school settings and who are culturally responsive. We are seeking candidates with a commitment to educational equity and justice. We learn and grow both as individuals and as a school community when students and adults of diverse backgrounds, abilities and identities develop an understanding of and respect for our commonalities and differences. Together, we have created a community that reflects diversity across a broad spectrum and will help fulfill Key's promise to prepare our students for the challenges and responsibilities they will assume in an increasingly connected yet diverse and pluralistic world. The diverse student body is 39% students of color, and 32% of our students receive financial aid to create a socioeconomically diverse community. Learn more about our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Key.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, completed application, and three professional references by selecting the link.


Posted: 2023-05-16 Expires: 2023-06-17

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