Welcome, Applicant!

Thank you for your interest in a CalWest opening.
To begin, please provide your email address.

Do you already have a candidate account, either past or current, in the CalWest online system? If so, consider entering the email address associated with that account, so that we can recognize you.

Applying for Position:
Lead Teacher

This opening calls for specific teaching qualifications set by the school.

CalWest client school in the San Francisco Bay Area seeks a Lead Teacher for an immediate opening or the 2024 - 2025 school year, whichever comes first.


  • Master's degree preferred
  • Elementary classroom teaching experience (at minimum 3 - 5 years) in all curriculum areas
  • Familiarity with stages of child development
  • Ability to develop curriculum following student interest and school themes
  • Responsiveness to the needs of a spontaneous, child-oriented environment
  • Ability to write and communicate well
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Personal contemplative practice encouraged


  • A willingness to engage in a transformative process: to question personal beliefs and prejudices, and to critically examine his/her relationships with students;
  • Warmth and kindness, firm expectations, knowledge of child development, and the conscious use of language in a school setting;
  • Equipped with a growth mindset characterized by ongoing personal and professional development, while leading children to discover new capacities in themselves.
  • Follow progressive and constructivist principles of education

CalWest and our partner schools are unable to respond to all applicants.

Candidates may be submitted to multiple positions during their time with CalWest. Also, candidates may not be chosen to move forward in the search they initially expressed interest in pursuing.

Our client schools make the final decisions.

Deciding to Apply

At minimum, applicants should have:

About CalWest Educators Placement

CalWest is the “go-to” firm for educators seeking new positions at independent schools on the West Coast. We focus on increased communication and understanding with our candidates, providing reliable and candid advice about the schools they are considering.

If you have questions about the qualifications to apply, please contact us at mysearch@calwesteducators.com.