Lower School Associate Principal at Graded - The American School of São Paulo in Brazil
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Lower School Associate Principal
Graded - The American School of São Paulo (Brazil)

Sep 29, 21
Nov 15, 21



Lower School Associate Principal

The Position

  • The Lower School Associate Principal works collaboratively with the Lower School Principal to support the overall administration of the instructional program and campus-level operations, as well as the coordination of student activities and services throughout the Lower School.

  • The Associate Principal contributes to the overall operation of and the strategic planning for the school and sits as a member of the school’s Senior Leadership and Academic Leadership teams.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Emphasize school mission, vision, and core values, promoting a kind, positive, and caring climate for learning with a focus on belonging. 

  • Foster pride for the school among faculty, students, and parents. 

  • Participate in the development and evaluation of educational programs. 

  • Support student growth through encouragement of positive student behavior. 

  • Work directly with students, teachers, and families to support behavior management. 

  • Help plan and organize daily school activities through the development of master and supervisory schedules. 

  • Support grade level and subject area teams in the development, understanding, and implementation of the curriculum.

  • Track the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional growth of individual students, as well as groups. 

  • Lead Student Support Team meetings to address the needs of specific students. 

  • Contribute to the vision for professional development based on the needs of the school and individual teachers.

  • Participate in the development and evaluation of teachers and teaching assistants. 

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the school strategic plan.

Required Experience

  • A minimum of five years of classroom teaching experience.

  • Significant leadership experience within an educational setting involving elementary-aged children.

  • Education degree and certification.

Preferred Experience

  • Master's/doctorate in educational leadership or related field.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.

  • Working knowledge of curriculum and instruction. 

  • Ability to liaise with teachers across grades and subject disciplines.

  • Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teaching efficacy. 

  • Ability to provide tailored faculty professional development opportunities in response to identified needs.

  • Experience leading adult learning.

  • Knowledge of Montessori curriculum and pedagogy.

Personal Attributes

  • An effective communicator, having the capacity to listen, empathize, and connect, as well as teach, present, and motivate.

  • A self-directed leader with a depth of knowledge in instruction and learning who promotes intellectual growth.

  • A facilitator building strong and productive relationships with students, parents, teachers, and the community.

  • A change agent - flexible, futuristic, and realistic; one who can motivate and manage change.

  • A culture builder - one who can communicate and model a strong and viable vision.

  • An activator with motivation, energy, and enthusiasm to spare.

  • A results-oriented producer with a strong sense of academic accountability. 

  • A character builder who models values, words, and deeds that are marked by trust, respect, and integrity.

  • An active contributor whose priority is helping others succeed.

Salary & Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Effective Date: July 2022

Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

Please submit your application to richard.boerner@graded.br.

If you have any questions, please email them to the same address.

Your application should include the following:

  • Personal Statement - This one-page statement should describe why you would like to work at Graded and how you can contribute to the advancement of our school.

  • Employment History - Curriculum Vitae: Detailed outline of degrees, teacher certification, work experience, and other qualifications.

  • Name and contact information of at least three professional references - Contact information of direct supervisors familiar with your job performance. At least one of the contacts provided must be a current supervisor.

School History

Graded - The American School of Sa~o Paulo—or “Graded,” as it is better known—was founded shortly after World War I, when the city’s American Chamber of Commerce envisioned a local school that would prepare the children of American executives for repatriation and entrance into American colleges and universities. In 1920, two women, Ruth Kolb, the Brazilian-born granddaughter of an American immigrant, and Bel Ribble, an American, were appointed by the Chamber to open a two-room schoolhouse for 11 students in grades 1-12. The endeavor proved a success, and the school quickly flourished, growing to its current enrollment of 1,300+ students a century later.

The School

Today, Graded enrolls a student body of 1,311 representing 40 different nationalities. More than half of Graded students are international and more than one-third hold citizenship in more than one country. Whether they are a part of the school community for just a couple of years or progress through all 15 years as “lifers,” students at Graded learn to embody the school’s values of intellectual curiosity, perseverance, respect, integrity, and kindness in all they do. 

Lower School

Graded’s Lower School is a lively community of 82 faculty/staff and 434 learners. Students in the Pre-primary Montessori Program interact in mixed-age classrooms, gaining confidence and independence through self-directed learning. Dedicated faculty empower students in grades 1-5 to take ownership of their learning and reflect upon their goals. During these years, students develop foundational academic skills while immersing themselves in Portuguese, art, music, and physical education. Social-emotional development is also infused in all learning environments. 

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Bill Turner’s international teaching career has taken him to Sudan, Italy, Qatar and the UAE as well as his home country of England. His very first teaching position was in rural Sudan.