Lead Teacher

Aim High Summer (Seasonal) · Greater Bay Area & Tahoe/Truckee, California
Department Aim High Summer (Seasonal)
Employment Type Summer - Seasonal
Compensation $25-$35


At Aim High, students with limited options unlock their limitless potential. Our multi-year summer enrichment program empowers middle schoolers from low-income neighborhoods, igniting their love of learning and yielding real results—97% of Aim High alumni graduate high school and go on to college. Grounded in a welcoming community where every kid feels seen and supported, Aim High gives students the confidence to succeed in high school and beyond. Aim High also fosters a supportive professional community in which educators - from aspiring to experienced - grow personally and professionally. For more about Aim High, please visit www.aimhigh.org.

Position Summary

Lead Teachers (LTs) teach core academic classes:

  • Humanities in our project based Design Challenge class
  • STEM/Math in our project based Design Challenge class
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) class we call Issues & Choices

LTs cultivate learning experiences that: build a community of trust amongst students and teachers; stimulate brain growth in students; foster academic mindsets; and make learning fun. LTs also provide mentorship and support for High School Interns and Assistant Teachers as they explore and learn pathways to enter educational careers.

This is a six-week position: one week of faculty training and five weeks teaching middle school students using project based curriculum and culturally responsive practices. All Aim High summer staff also have the opportunity to participate in online training before the start of the summer program. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in training in culturally responsive teaching and project-based learning. 
  • Teach morning academic core classes with the support of a High School Intern or college-aged Assistant Teachers. 
  • Lead lesson planning and implementation, utilize restorative practices for classroom management and create an effective team teaching environment. 
  • Set and work towards teaching and leadership goals. 
  • Mentor and support the growth of their Intern(s), which involves:
    • Co-planning lessons and activities. 
    • Helping Interns develop their confidence in front of the classroom.
    • Supporting Interns’ development of professional skills such as time management, communication, accountability and taking initiative.
  • Co-lead advising groups, work to create a positive environment and strong relationships with students and colleagues.
  • Weekly check-ins with teaching team members and specialists.
  • Assist with afternoon enrichment activities. *Note: Assistant Teachers are responsible for lesson planning, preparing materials and leading afternoon activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree with prior teaching experience. 
  • Teaching credential or graduate degree in education or related fields is preferred, but not required. 
  • Experience or interest in culturally responsive teaching, as well as project-based and inquiry-based approaches to student learning.
  • Cultural competency, strong leadership and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset, willingness to give and receive feedback.
  • Responsible, conscientious, and demonstrate a commitment to social justice, anti-racism, and equity in education.

Compensation and Schedule: 

  • This is an hourly position of $25 to $35 per hour.
  • This is a full time, non-exempt position for the six weeks of the program:
    • Program dates in San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Novato, San Rafael and East Palo Alto are June 13 through July 22.
    • Program dates in Napa and Tahoe/Truckee are June 27 through August 5.
  • This position is expected to work during the general hours of 8am to 4pm and up to three family evening events.

Aim High requires the holder of this position be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. Aim High may review and consider requests for reasonable accommodation to this requirement. Please note that the Aim High summer program, at its multiple summer locations, is subject to follow host school/district COVID vaccine mandates that may not allow for non vaccinated accommodations.

Aim High is an equal opportunity employer. Aim High seeks diversity in its community and affords equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, citizenship status, medical condition, or any other legally protected status.

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  • Location
    Greater Bay Area & Tahoe/Truckee, California
  • Department
    Aim High Summer (Seasonal)
  • Employment Type
    Summer - Seasonal
  • Compensation