Associate Teacher Program
|Each academic year Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, employs as many as sixteen well-qualified college graduates to serve as Associate Teachers. Typically joining the faculty for a one to two year appointment, the Associate Teacher will be introduced to a program of guided work in the classroom, instructional immersion, professional development, and exposure to the theories and methods of early childhood education. The Associate Teacher will gain a deeper sense of the many responsibilities and joys of the teaching profession. Associate Teachers take an active part in the life of the School and are integral in helping Beauvoir carry out its mission to instill a spirit of inquiry and a joy of learning in all students. Associate Teachers are appointed to positions in Kindergarten through Third Grade.|
The Associate Teacher Program seeks to play an important role in the preparation and guidance of new teachers as they clarify their goals for future employment or further education. Primarily, Associate Teachers spend the academic year working closely with a mentor teacher, through observation, teaching, and planning. Associate Teachers regularly attend meetings of their grade level, division, and the faculty as a whole; they also meet with any curriculum committees to which they are appointed. Throughout the year, Associate Teachers participate in seminars and workshops on learning differences, classroom management, child development, and various areas of the curriculum. While working as instructors in the early childhood classroom, Associate Teachers learn not only from faculty mentors and opportunities for professional development, but also from self-assessment and evaluation. While engaging in this nurturing learning process, the Associate Teacher is expected, nevertheless, to exercise professional judgment and responsibility in keeping with the expectations of the School's faculty.
After teaching at Beauvoir, most Associate Teachers seek faculty positions in independent and public schools or opportunities for further education. Typically, Associate Teachers are not reappointed to the Beauvoir faculty. However, the School actively supports applications to other institutions and graduate programs.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience. Decisions are made on a rolling basis, with most appointments being made by April. Interviews are required.
As a first step in applying for the Associate Teacher Program, please visit our Employment Inquiry page, where you will be able to e-mail your resume and cover letter and submit a form telling us about yourself.
Inquires about the Associate Teacher Program should be submitted to the attention of:
Jalene Spain Thomas
Director of the Primary Division and Academic Personnel
Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School
3500 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Associate Teacher Program Brochure
"Beauvoir's unique balance of tradition and innovation, provides new teachers with a wonderful environment for learning the art and science of teaching."
"The Associate Teacher Program will forever enhance my work with young children. The confidence and experience that I gained in my two years at Beauvoir proved invaluable"
"Beauvoir's program provided me with a wonderful start to a career in education. I have a better understanding of how young children learn."
Graduate and Professional Education
In addition to securing positions at educational institutions around the world, former Associate Teachers haved pursued further education at institutions including:
Bank Street College
College of William and Mary
Geroge Mason University
George Washington University
Johns Hopkins University
New York University
Ohio State University
University of California
University of Colorado
University of Delaware
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia