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Elementary Science Associate Teacher

March 8, 2023

Prospect Sierra is an independent, coed TK–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California, serving 465 students. Prospect Sierra gives students the tools to build a better world by integrating rigorous academics with a deep understanding of human emotions. Every day our exceptional teachers connect students’ academic experiences to ethics, empathy, and social and emotional intelligence. The result is deeper intellectual engagement, greater self-knowledge, and compassionate relationships. Prospect Sierra students develop the courage to become more than great students, but great people. 

Overview of Position

This position is for a full-time Elementary Science and Garden Associate Teacher, beginning August 2023. This teacher will report to the Elementary Division Head. This associate teacher works closely with the Lead Elementary Science Teacher in order to support TK through fourth grade science classes. The associate teacher will also support the integration of eco-literacy curriculum between science and the garden as well as the ongoing garden maintenance and bunny care at the elementary campus. 


  • Assist with lesson preparation for labs and hands-on experiments in kindergarten through fourth grade science classes weekly.
  • Collaborate with the colab teacher to engage our TK students in science, garden, and colab hands-on experiences that promote foundational understandings.
  • One-on-one and small-group student support during science classes.
  • Weekly planning preparation with lead science teacher regarding both science and garden curriculum.
  • Collaborate with the lead science teacher to integrate science curriculum, eco-literacy, and the garden space.
  • Provide support to faculty to integrate eco-literacy learning into existing curricula.
  • Facilitate Bunny Care club during lunch recess for 1st through 4th graders.
  • Facilitate Garden Club during lunch recess for 1st through 4th graders.
  • Conduct ongoing garden maintenance.
  • Maintain the bunny hutch.
  • Create meaningful relationships and an inclusive classroom environment with students. 

Required Qualifications

  • Appreciation for and desire to work with TK-4th grade students
  • An authentic love of helping students excel in science and eco-literacy learning
  • Knowledge of the essential role social-emotional literacy plays in the workplace and interest in the application of SEL within the educational setting 
  • Knowledge of identity safe and anti-bias educational practices 
  • Ability to create an inclusive classroom community that allows for a multitude of perspectives to be heard and respected
  • Ability to take initiative, work passionately and joyfully, and collaborate effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Willingness to be a team player, show initiative, and take on leadership roles as needed
  • A passionate commitment to creating an innovative, joyful environment for students
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and/or professional coursework or certification, indicating training applicable to the responsibilities of the position

In addition to the required qualifications, desirable additional skills include:

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills and the ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of educational technology to support teaching and learning
  • Understanding of differentiated learning techniques
  • A nuanced understanding of DEI/social justice knowledge from a personal or programmatic perspective
  • Understanding of basic gardening
  • Willingness to learn about bunnies and their needs


The salary is competitive. Some benefits included. Our 2023-24 salary schedule can be found here.

How to Apply

Send a résumé (including contact information for three references) and one-page cover letter to:

Quise Rodriguez, Elementary School Division Head  

Prospect Sierra School is an equal-opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.

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