If you want to make a real impact on education, on the lives of young people, and on your own career, you’ve come to the right place!
Working at Pear Tree Elementary is an opportunity to become part of a close-knit team of individuals committed to excellence and constant improvement of: ourselves, our students, and of education.
Whether you work for Pear Tree as a teacher, principal, chef, or administrator, we are all dedicated to the same goal: improving the lives of young people living in Vancouver.
Pear Tree Elementary prides itself on assembling and retaining a first-class team. We offer highly-competitive salaries and benefits package, as well as continuous professional development.
About Pear Tree Education
Established in 2011, Pear Tree Education is leading the way in the Lower Mainland with its uniquely progressive and holistic approach to K-12 education.
As of 2016, Pear Tree offers a diverse range of educational services within its umbrella brands:
- Pear Tree Elementary (peartree.school): Private Elementary School (K-7)
- Pear Tree Education (pear-tree.ca): Enrichment classes, SSAT / Mini School prep, education camps
- SummerESL.com: International language school agency
Our goal is to continue growing to become the leader in progressive education all the way from preschool to college level!
What You’ll Love About Us!
You’ll be joining a unique and diverse team of educated individuals. Everyone who works at Pear Tree is passionate about our mission, and has a positive impact on the success of the organization.
And we embrace that same philosophy for our employees as well. Everyone on our team celebrates learning, entrepreneurialism, and personal growth, knowing that the success of Pear Tree’s employees and the company are inextricably intertwined.
To develop a close-knit team, we organize regular company events, including dinner parties, escape rooms, games nights, hiking trips, and fitness classes!
Working for Pear Tree also means that you’re working for an ethical business! As with any business -whether for- or not-for-profit, we need to generate as much revenue as possible. Nevertheless, we do so in ways that provide genuine benefits to our customers and our community. Our staff are the heart of our organization, and are treated as we ourselves would want to be treated.
M.Ed. Classroom Teacher
Are you looking for an opportunity to join a group of talented educators who are changing the face of education?
We’re Pear Tree Elementary, and we strongly believe that today’s schools aren’t doing enough to prepare students to succeed in the 21st century. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide parents and children with a new, progressive alternative to the schools of the past.
Our classrooms use theme-based learning – integrating inquiry, project and problem-based learning. Rather than teaching separate subjects, our students learn by doing, by imagining and by collaborating.
We’re looking for an exemplary elementary school teacher with a passion for progressive education: someone who understands that education needs to change, and who has the skills to bring that vision to the classroom.
If that sounds like you, then we can’t wait to hear from you!
A Day in the Life:
You’ll be teaching a combined grade class of grade (e.g. 2-3, 4-5 or 6-7). Unlike traditional classrooms, you won’t be teaching separate subjects, but rather through themes. So, you’ll need to be great at understanding the individual needs of your class, and at designing innovative learning practices, including the seamless integration of technology.
Most importantly, you’ll be committed to our progressive, whole-child teaching philosophy, and be able to get students and parents excited about everything our school has to offer.
Because we’re educators ourselves, we foster an environment where teachers have the freedom to innovate in the classroom, and aren’t limited by standard curriculums. We work hard to be on the cutting edge, so you’ll also be working with like-minded professionals who are leaders in education.
We believe in a “whole child” approach to education, so your students will always have everything they need to thrive in your class.
What you’ll need:
- Masters Degree in Education (or Master of Arts or Science)
- Bachelor Degree in Education
- 3+ years of experience teaching at the elementary or middle school level in Canada
- Expertise in multi-grade classrooms and/or classes with a wide range of learners
- B.C. Ministry of Education Certification (required before employment)
- Exceptional communication skills: face-to-face, phone, and email
- Excellent organizational skills
- Professional level fluency in English (written and verbal)
- Experience using learning technology (SMARTboards, iPads, etc.)
- Strong knowledge of Google products (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Classroom) and Educational iPad apps
- High Standards
- Growth mindset
- Experience with student goal-setting
- Google Education, Microsoft Educator, and/or Apple Distinguished Educator
- Strong familiarity with updated B.C. Curriculum
- Experience with private school culture / families
- Photography skills
This is a full-time, 1-year contract position, with opportunity for a permanent position. Core hours are 7:50am to 3:40pm. There is an occasional requirement for longer hours, and attendance at open house events, but we know that life balance is important. You won’t be overburdened with extra-curriculars.
You will be directly answerable to the Pear Tree directors, Alexis Birner and Paul Romani.
Salary & Benefits:
We offer a competitive total compensation package, with a starting salary of $88,328/year, plus benefits, plus a 2% yearly raise.
Pear Tree offers a comprehensive benefits program, which includes dental, extended health, life insurance, long term disability, and accidental death & dismemberment.
Additional benefits include:
- Company Events
- Free Food (with our in-house hot lunch program)
- On-site Parking
- Paid Time Off (see below)
We offer excellent paid vacation time, follows:
- Winter break (~3 weeks)
- Spring break (~2 weeks)
- Summer break (~9-10 weeks)
- 3 x paid personal days
Professional Development & Growth Opportunities
Ongoing professional development will be provided using a mixture of in-house and external training. The more you learn, the better you’ll be able to help us!
As Pear Tree grows, further opportunities will present themselves, including leadership roles.
How to Apply
Please submit a customised cover letter and resume in PDF format. Include “M.Ed. Classroom Teacher” in the subject line.
Please ensure that both are tailored to the position that we are advertising, and are checked for spelling and grammar.
We will not review bulk resumes, applications addressed mistakenly to other schools, or poorly presented resumes.
We thank all interested parties. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.