Associate 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 School, 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 and project-based learning. Rather than teaching separate subjects, our students learn by doing, by imagining and by collaborating.

Your duties and responsibilities as an Associate Teacher at Pear Tree School include:

  • providing in-class support to classroom teachers (mostly kindergarten – grade 1) and following the teacher’s directions in working with individuals and groups of students
  • reinforcing classroom expectations
  • helping set up, use and organize learning resources 
  • accompanying and supervising students during breaks (recess and lunch), other scheduled duties such as lunch time supervision or after school care, and on field trips 
  • monitoring and reporting student progress to classroom teachers
  • providing classroom teaching coverage for absent classroom teachers (lesson plans will be provided by the classroom teacher)
  • Assisting with assessment and marking
  • Posting feedback on e-portfolios

You’re perfect for this role because you have the following in spades: 

  • Passion – teaching is your calling, and you do more than just educate, you inspire.
  • Investment – you care about our students, and take pride in their achievements and growth. This keeps you motivated to be constantly improving in your role.  
  • Interpersonal skills – you’re very good with people, and are as comfortable hanging out with 6 year olds as you are talking pedagogy with leaders in education.
  • Empathy – you can sense when a student may be struggling socially, emotionally or physically, and look for ways to foster health and wholeness.

Working @ Pear Tree

This is a full-time, 10-month contract position. Core hours are 7:50am to 3:40pm. There is an occasional requirement for longer hours or attendance at our open house events, but we know that life balance is important. We offer a competitive compensation package, with a salary of $40,000 and 3-paid personal days.


  • Winter break (~3 weeks)
  • Spring break (~2 weeks)
  • 3 x paid personal days


  • Bachelor of Education (Elementary) 
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science
  • B.C. Ministry of Education Certification (preferred)
  • Canadian citizenship, Permanent Resident status, or open Work Visa
  • Knowledge of Google products (Drive, Docs, Sheets)
  • Must be able to pass a criminal record check

The ideal candidate must be able to start late August 2024 in time for the start of the 2024/25 school year.

How to Apply

Please submit a customized cover letter and resume in PDF format.

Include “Associate 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.