About

Apprentice Program

Overview

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.

Benefits

The Apprentice Teacher Training Program is total immersion into the teaching profession. The school provides a stipend of $27,000 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

-Understanding the Teacher Brain
-Lesson Planning
-Differentiation in the Classroom
-Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom
-Resumes and Cover Letters (an approach to the job search)
-Goal Setting

To Apply

In order to be considered for an apprentice position, we require a resume and cover letter on file. If you have questions or would like to apply to the program, please contact:

Ms. Jody Sheldon
jsheldon@countryschool.net
Apprentice Coordinator
New Canaan Country School
P.O. Box 997
New Canaan, CT 06840
(203) 972-0771

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

List of 2 members.

  • Gretchen Tapscott 

    Director of Teacher and Apprentice Training / Lower School Learning Resources Teacher
  • Stefan Borowski 

    Assoc. Dir., Apprentice Teacher Training Program / Assistant Athletic Director / PE Teacher

At A Glance

-One-or two-year program, a third-year fellowship is possible
-Hands-on classroom experience (Beginners-6)
-Generous stipend
-Housing for a moderate fee
-Professional workshops
-Health benefits