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Guest Substitute Teacher

Salary: $35/hour or $245/day

Job Description
Almaden Country Day School is seeking elementary and middle school substitute teachers. Substitutes must have some classroom experience. Core classes include language arts/literature, math, and social studies; specialists teach science, PE, art, music, French, and Spanish. Lesson plans will be available.

At times, teachers know in advance that they will be absent, and at other times, there is no advanced notice. Substitutes are not expected to be available at all times. Additionally, substitutes are invited to clarify which grades and content areas they prefer teaching. The school day is from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, with substitute teachers' work hours from 7:45 am - 3:15 pm.

Teachers at Almaden Country Day School understand and appreciate children’s developmental stages and have a deliberate focus on building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues. All teachers, including substitutes, are expected to interact with students in a respectful and nurturing way. All faculty and staff, including substitutes, demonstrate high personal and professional standards, communication ability, and eagerness to grow. ACDS substitutes enjoy the same respect as shown to our faculty, and value a cooperative learning environment in which colleagues work together for the benefit of the students. 

Our substitute teachers are an important part of our school community. Some have been invited to join our faculty having demonstrated exceptional performance. If you are a dynamic and caring educator, passionate about children, and prepared to work with amazing young people and wonderful peers, please contact us.


  • Teaching credentials are preferred, and not required
  • Demonstrated success in working with elementary and/or middle school students 
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with students in a respectful, joyful, and nurturing way
  • Willingness and ability to follow lesson plans, as left by the teacher
  • Ability to be flexible and adjust plans, per the needs of the students at a given time
  • Understanding of the benefits of teaching 21st Century Skills, including teamwork, creativity, problem solving, curiosity, ethics, and resilience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Google Certified Educator - Level 1

COVID-19 considerations
We are in regular contact with local & national public health agencies including Santa Clara Dept. of Health, CDC, state & national associations for independent schools. These sources inform best practices to prevent & limit COVID-19 transmission.

To apply, send cover letter and résumé to:

Interviews for open positions begin immediately and remain open until filled.

Overview of Almaden Country Day School:

Almaden Country Day School is an independent, pre-K through 8th grade school located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose. The school's mission is to "discover the gifts in every child." ACDS promotes the belief that children learn best in a high-opportunity, low-stress environment, and when instruction is age-appropriate, highly individualized, and joyful.

We serve 380 students with an average of 20 students per class. Our graduates are prepared for a rigorous high school experience. It is not unusual for half of the students in an ACDS graduating class to be accepted into high school with academic distinction or honors placement. Approximately 25 percent of the student body receives tuition aid.

ACDS strives to develop well-rounded children, with all students taking drama, foreign language, physical education, music, and art, and in the middle school, extensive choices for dozens of elective classes. The school’s signature enrichment programs, hands-on science featuring an outdoor classroom, and a robust integrated technology program all contribute to our emphasis on whole-child instruction.

ACDS parents are very committed to the school and follow the progress of their children carefully. Teachers are held to high expectations for meeting the needs of our children and families.

We seek educators who are well versed in developmental pedagogy and differentiated teaching methods, and who are committed to providing individualized attention to our students and parents. A collaborative work style and a receptive attitude toward cooperative efforts are required in our small school. All positions involve additional required duties, such as playground and lunch supervision, chaperoning field trips, and more. Administrators are occasionally called to serve as temporary substitute teachers.

For more information about Almaden Country Day School, candidates are encouraged to visit our website.

All Open Positions

Schedule: Full time administrator - Effective July 1st, 2023 or earlier TBA

Compensation: $100,000 - $115,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Reports to: Division Heads

Collaborates with: Division Heads, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Coach, Athletic Director, Co-Coordinators of Student Life, faculty

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