Apprentice Program


The Apprentice Teacher Training Program at New Canaan Country School provides "on the job" training for individuals interested in becoming elementary and middle school teachers. Classroom placements range from Beginners to sixth grade. Each apprentice is assigned to a self-contained homeroom and works directly alongside a lead teacher. Together, apprentice and lead teacher provide instruction to students in language arts, mathematics, and social studies. For those interested in sports, apprentices have opportunities to coach in the school’s interscholastic athletic program. On Wednesday afternoons, apprentices attend faculty meetings and participate in seminars that address a variety of topics in teaching and education.
This program is uniquely designed to give beginning teachers the experience and training they need to go out and lead classrooms of their own. Country School is a leader in teacher training with nearly 1,000 apprentices coming through the program since 1952. We welcome anyone thinking of pursuing a career in education to apply.


The Apprentice Teacher Training Program is total immersion into the teaching profession. The school provides a stipend of $27,900 to its apprentices, and housing is available for a modest fee. There is some financial support for apprentices who wish to begin graduate work. Through this comprehensive work experience, apprentices who complete the program gain a unique stepping-stone for a career in teaching. Upon completion of the Apprentice Teacher Training Program, most apprentices either apply for full-time teaching positions or enter graduate school.

Who Should Apply?

To be eligible for the program, candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree. Naturally, an active interest in working with children is essential, along with a desire to participate in all aspects of professional life here at school. In keeping with its commitment to diversity, County School welcomes applications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Country School is committed to the development of compassionate teachers who value, accept, and respect diversity. Our school community strives to create an inclusive environment in which each member feels comfortable and accepted, an environment in which differences and commonalities are appreciated in equal measure.

Sample Apprentice Workshops

-Lesson Planning 101 & Differentiation in the Classroom
-Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom
-Building your e-Professional Portfolio
-Observation Journal/Child Study
-Number Corner/Writing Workshop
-Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in your classroom
-Video and Reflection

To Apply

In order to be considered for an apprentice position, please complete the use the link below to access the full job description and application form for apprentice positions. If you have any questions, please email Jody Sheldon, Apprentice Coordinator.

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Please note that apprenticeships are usually filled by the end of April.

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Gretchen Tapscott

    Gretchen Tapscott 

    Co-Director, Apprentice Teacher Training Program / Lower School Learning Resources Teacher
  • Photo of Stefan Borowski

    Stefan Borowski 

    Co-Director, Apprentice Teacher Training Program / Assistant Athletic Director / PE Teacher / Coach

At A Glance

-One-or two-year program, a third-year fellowship is possible
-Hands-on classroom experience (Kindergarten-Grade 6)
-Generous stipend ($27,900 year 1, $28,900 year 2, $31,900 year 3)
-Housing for a moderate fee
-Professional workshops
-Health benefits

Reflections in Education

List of 1 news stories.

  • From Apprentice Teacher in Training to Grade 5 Lead Teacher

    By Andrew Bevan, Grade 5 Teacher, Coach, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Facilitator

    They say that to teach is to “learn twice,” and over a decade removed from my first teaching experience as a Middle School Apprentice at Country School, I never could have imagined how much I would still be learning about teaching from the Apprentice Teacher Training Program (ATTP). Early in my career I was drawn to the ATTP, as are many of our apprentices, because it offered me my first chance to be in the classroom. I was lucky enough to learn some of the basics of lesson planning and organization through initial workshops, and the rest of my training came through observation and discussion with my cooperating lead teacher.
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