Elementary Support Teacher - 2023/2024 School Year

Philadelphia, PA /
All Subjects – Grades K-2 /
Full-Time 2023-24 School Year
/ On-site
About Mastery:
We believe educational inequity is the most pressing social problem facing our country and the civil rights issue of our day. Mastery exists to help solve this problem. Our ultimate goal is to create a model urban school district that serves all students with excellence. We are organized around one driving mission: All students learn the academic and personal skills they need to be truly prepared for postsecondary success and able to pursue their dreams. To fulfill this mission, we attend to the whole child – academically and emotionally – matching high expectations for students with high levels of support.
Mastery Charter Schools is a nonprofit network of more than 24 schools serving over 14,000 students in Philadelphia and Camden.   We are the largest turnaround school operator in the nation and have been lauded by President Obama and the US Department of Education for our ability to dramatically boost academic achievement in historically low-performing schools.
We know neighborhood schools matter, all students deserve access to a great education, and the people in our buildings can grow and develop sustainably to make the biggest impact possible in this work.
Mastery's Equity Vision:

We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission.

We strive to be an anti-racist school district that eliminates the inequities in academic achievement that limit our students’ choices; that cultivates classrooms where every student is affirmed, supported, and held to high expectations; and that nurtures a diverse organization where students, staff, and families are valued, respected, and included.

This role is eligible for a $1,000 bonus as well as up to $5,000 for relocation expenses!

Support Teachers: Mastery Support Teachers earn an annual salary of between $41,500-$58,700 based on years of experience and level of education.

The Opportunity:

The support teacher will work together with lead teachers to create a warm and welcoming school culture that is driven by student achievement. This role is ideal for recent graduates and career changers who are looking to launch a teaching career.  Support teachers receive robust professional development, instructional coaching, and mentoring.  Support teachers also get both small group and whole class teaching experience.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Partner with lead teachers to implement curriculum and utilize classroom routines and procedures with consistency
    • Plan and provide individualized small group instruction to students
    • May be responsible for providing whole group instruction to students in select subjects (up to two whole group classes per day)
    • Engage in lesson planning and preparation to support strong execution of classroom instruction across multiple content areas and potentially several grade levels
    • Collaborate in grade level teams to discuss student work, share best practices, and ensure student mastery of standards
    • Work closely with lead teachers to analyze student assessment data and use data to inform instruction
    • Actively participate in on-going training and professional development in the spirit of continuous improvement
    • Provide substitute teaching coverage for colleagues, as needed
    • Assist lead teacher with other student responsibilities as requested
    • Additional roles and responsibilities may be assigned by supervisor


    • Flexibility and adaptability as the role and responsibilities can shift to meet the changing needs of students
    • The ability to motivate and challenge students and maintain a joyful, positive, and rigorous classroom environment
    • Willingness to learn, receptiveness to feedback, and a desire to continuously improve and grow
    • A strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement
    • A belief that all students should be held to high standards
    • A positive attitude and a drive for personal excellence

Education and Experience:

    • Associate’s degree or equivalent required, Bachelor’s strongly preferred in education or related field
    • Previous student teaching, classroom teaching, or experience working or volunteering with school-aged children strongly preferred

Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as maneuvering in classrooms; Standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, speak loudly and clearly, seeing and hearing things both near and far away, stooping, kneeling, fine finger and hand manipulation in use of a computer, chalkboard, dry erase board or projector; Must be able to sit for up to two (2) hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard and mouse and typing.
$39,500 - $57,000 a year
Mastery's Benefits Package:

We offer a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth. Some of our most popular benefits include our 403(b) retirement plan for PA employees (with a 5% match from Mastery), enrollment in the State of New Jersey Pension Plan for NJ employees, a robust Employee Assistance Program, mental health and counseling programs, an annual Professional Development Fund, and discounts and perks at a myriad of retailers, travel organizations, insurance providers, and so much more, as well as a Benefits VIP Helpdesk to help you navigate various benefits-related topics!

Please go here to see all of our Benefits offerings!

Mastery's Annual Calendar:

As you plan to make Mastery your new work home, please feel free to review our PA Academic Calendar for SY 22/23 and our NJ Academic Calendar for SY 22/23. We like to think our calendar is a benefit of working here too!

Mastery Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

UPDATE AS OF January 2023 - Please review Mastery’s Health and Safety Plans here to learn about our approach to vaccination and testing as well as our response to COVID-19. For ongoing positions, Mastery roles are designated as in-person, with regular on-site responsibilities, unless otherwise noted.  As such, Employees must be able to support Mastery Schools’ academic plan and business strategies on-site – at a Mastery campus - as required.  

Exceptions to this requirement will be considered on an individualized basis.