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The Teaching Apprentice Experience

As an apprentice at Park, you are given all the responsibilities of a teacher in a learning environment made safe by a mentor teacher. The daily responsibilities—planning lessons, assessing, correcting, relating—while shared, give you a very realistic view of what the teaching world is really like.
Former Apprentice

Each year, Park welcomes a diverse group of teaching apprentices, including those who want to explore teaching, those already committed to the teaching profession, and those interested in changing careers.

Park’s Teaching Apprenticeship is a paid, full-time position consisting of two classroom placements and extracurricular leadership experiences under the mentorship of dedicated faculty and the Director of Apprentices.

Placement Options

Our program provides an enriching experience for aspiring teachers with ample opportunities for professional growth and exploring best educational practices through a dedicated year of collaborative teaching and learning.

  • Lower Division self-contained classroom (Grades 1– 5)
  • Upper Division sections in English, social studies, math, science, Latin, French, Spanish, or Mandarin (Grades 6–8)
  • Specialist Classes in art, music, library, or physical education (Grades PreK – 8)

Classroom & Community Involvement

Close collaboration with a mentor teacher to:

  • establish and maintain classroom culture
  • plan and prepare for teaching and learning
  • differentiate instruction to meet the needs of students
  • monitor and assess student learning
  • partner and communicate with families
  • increasing responsibility in the classroom
  • culminating week of independent teaching in each placement
  • extracurricular leadership in athletics, drama, or the After-School Program


This program changed my life! Looking for a new direction in my professional career, Park gave me the opportunity to teach even though I did not have the conventional teacher’s background nor the traditional field experience. Park’s faculty did recognize my passion for teaching, however, and their support helped nurture my heartfelt and now lifetime commitment to educating kids.
Former Apprentice

School Support

Teaching apprentices are immersed in the life of the School and are valued members of the Park faculty and community.

  • Member of grade level team, department, and division
  • Weekly one-on-one meetings with the Director
  • Weekly meetings with fellow teaching apprentices
  • In-house seminars
  • Outside professional development opportunities
  • Observation of classrooms in greater Boston
  • Career guidance and job search assistance


The Teaching Apprenticeship is a paid position, and participants are eligible for benefits. Apprentices may apply for faculty grants to support coursework toward a master’s degree program and other professional development activities.

Interested in becoming a Teaching Apprentice? 

Contact Pamela Penna, Interim Director of Apprentices