As a Mirman community member, we work collaboratively to support our unique population of highly gifted learners to ensure that we cultivate their boundless potential, nurture their passions and talents, and develop a diverse community of creative and constructive lifelong learners. Through an inclusive environment, we challenge our students and each other to be dynamic problem-solvers and thoughtful citizens of this increasingly complex society.
Summary Assistant Teachers are part of the professional faculty of Mirman School and are considered teachers in training for gifted children. Assistant Teachers are involved in an educational endeavor similar to a teacher credentialing program or advanced degree in furthering their professional growth.
As part of the teaching faculty, Assistant Teachers create a flexible and dynamic elementary classroom environment and program favorable to learning and personal growth for highly gifted children; establish effective rapport with students, parents, and colleagues; nurture passions and talents of students; develop each child’s skills, attitudes and knowledge needed in a strong foundation for elementary grade education in accordance with each student’s ability; collaborate and partner with colleagues and administration to build, assess, and integrate curriculum across disciplines; foster student success and well-being beyond their classroom.
Schedule and Hours This is a full time position, 7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. with occasional additional hours as needed. Tuesdays until 4:30 for faculty meetings.
Essential Job Functions
Work directly with an assigned Lead Teacher who will serve as a mentor on utilizing instructional best practices, methods, materials and technology
Responsible for assigned supervision duties
Responsible to assist in planning and implementing class lessons as needed.
Assist with the instruction of small groups, individual students and the class as a whole in order to further differentiate curriculum and support students.
Demonstrates culturally competent skills in educational program design and delivery
Cultivates and models a respectful, safe, creative, and invigorating classroom
Demonstrate effective and respectful management of classroom culture using social-emotional learning skills and strategies, such as Responsive Classroom
Participate in a wide variety of school-related events, initiatives, and engagements.
Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with other teachers and assistant teachers throughout all grade levels on campus to strengthen community and student experience
Demonstrate ability to build immediate and loving rapport with children of all ages; including a passion for teaching and working with students from all communities
Exhibit the qualities of an adult learner dedicated to their professional growth
Exhibit enthusiasm and commitment to the vision, mission and guiding principles of the school
Exhibit a sense of humor and commitment, high ethical professional standards, equity perspective
Demonstrate excellent organization, time management and follow-through skills
Exhibit the ability to work as part of a team
Participate in all Professional Development opportunities made available on the school campus
Highly encouraged to attend all full faculty/staff meetings and division level meetings on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Attend all meetings
Bachelor’s degree required
Experience working with children of various ages
A natural rapport with children
Technologically literate and comfortable with acquiring new technology skills
WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by Assistant Teachers to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions. Reasonable accommodation may be requested to enable individuals to perform the essential responsibilities of the job:
In-person attendance and promptness necessary to provide an effective level of instruction and other necessary assistance to faculty and students during normal school hours.
This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment, but there may be possible exposure to childhood diseases and illnesses.
Exposure to heated/air conditioned and ventilated facilities with average interior dust with occasional exposure to outdoor elements
Exposure to a normal school environment that is usually quiet but sometimes noisy
Ability to sit, stand, move, communicate, hear and read during the course of normal teaching activities
Able to use computers and other teaching tools
Ability to think and concentrate for sustained periods of time
About Mirman School
Mirman School opened its doors to educate gifted children in 1962. Motivated by a deep love and concern for these children, Dr. and Mrs. Norman J. Mirman began the school with nine pioneering students in their West Los Angeles home. Today, with a newly expanded campus serving all dimensions of childhood, Mirman School is a thriving and diverse community home to 330 students. Mirman continues to distinguish itself as one of the few schools in the country devoted to the education of highly gifted children, particularly serving all dimensions of childhood — academic, artistic, kinesthetic, and more.
We cultivate the boundless potential of highly gifted children, nurture their passions and talents, and develop a diverse community of creative and constructive lifelong learners.
Our 6 acre campus is home to both Lower and Upper Schools, beautiful outdoor community spaces including regulation-size athletic fields and basketball courts, handball and Ga-Ga courts, innovative play yards, and office and classroom spaces. A faculty lounge creates a warm convivial space for gathering, collaborating, and all the coffee one could want. Recycling initiatives and fast-fi...ll water stations throughout campus, in addition to energy efficient office spaces, combine to create a greener community.
Mirman is made up of students and their families, a dedicated and passionate Parent Service League, and a Board of Trustees made up of community leaders. In the Lower School, lead teachers are supported by part-time Assistant Teachers, while Upper School teachers specialize in disciplines such as English, science, Latin, Mandarin, History, etc. Dynamic specialists in science, STEM, technology, math, art, music, choir, theatre and more round out the fabric of our faculty. Mirman is also home to a collegial and collaborative group of administrators who work to facilitate the ideal teaching and learning environment.