The preschool is seeking 2 new lovely, mature and experienced assistant teachers for the coming year. The hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 8:45am to 2pm each week for both assistants. We are a Waldorf-inspired preschool accepting inquiries for Assistant Teacher candidates in our youngest class, aged 19 months - 2 1/2 years AND 3/4's class, for the coming school year (2019-2020). We are a private, half-day preschool; not a daycare.
Please read entire job posting to apply, to determine if you qualify. Then follow the application process listed at the bottom.
Qualifications for role of assistant teacher:
- Previous work with children aged 2 to 3 years OR 3 to 4 year olds
- College degree or experience-related equivalent
- Study of or developed interest in human/child development
- High personal ethics
- Willingness to learn humbly, to honor and uphold the school's established pedagogy
- To apprentice under a master teacher
- To demonstrate qualities of patience, perseverance, reliability, consistency, and enthusiasm for new ideas
- Be a person who both enjoys being with young children and is worthy of imitation by the children.
Newly hired teachers must be available for paid summer training intensive, taking place at the school in early August. Following summer training, assistant teacher candidates, will be offered a contract for a teaching position from August 19, 2019 to May 16, 2020.
This is a potentially life-changing opportunity for someone looking to deepen their understanding of and develop their skills working with children at this vital stage of their development. New teachers will gain a rich understanding of child development and how to best support children at this early age through working closely and under the tutelage of a long time, experienced teacher, as well as ongoing in-house training.
Some information about the school:
Our preschool is a child's place. We strive to provide an ideal early childhood experience for preschool aged children from 19 months to five+ years. Our unique, holistic curriculum nurtures with compassion and balances toward wholeness, both with principles and curriculum. In addition to loving and trained experienced educators who teach with an understanding of the growing child, our school features a natural, home-like environment for children to experience the world at their own pace and learn through their senses. Our approach is grounded in protecting the wonder of childhood, while cultivating the young child's healthy physical, emotional and cognitive development.
Our core, whole-child, holistic pedagogy uses "living skills" as the foundation of the school's heart-centered environment and teaching methods. We practice a relationship-based care model that complements home life and provides a learning environment in which children flourish. We recognize that human relationship and activity are essential tools for all foundational skills for life.
Along with vigorous, healthy imaginative play and sensory stimulation, a variety of experiential opportunities are offered through creative play, household tasks, food preparation, nature exploration, water play, stories, puppetry, artistic expression, singing, foreign language in the older class, and movement according to age appropriateness. The foundation for reading, math and sciences is found in practical life activity and the play of the children, which mimics it. The movement/play portion of the curriculum emphasizes child-initiated activities that allow and promote healthy musculo-skeletal development by providing opportunities for unstructured, spontaneous movement in a protected environment. Building forts, climbing trees and going on nature walks are valued experiences at the preschool. The children go outside in all but the most inclement weather in order to help them become more robust and strengthen their bond with the environment in which they live.
Required process for candidate application:
1. Submit a personal narrative, detailing your life experience, interest in early childhood education, your personal interests and why we should consider you (REQUIRED)
2. Submit your resume, if you have one
3. Provide a minimum of 3 references, at least 2 pertaining to your previous work with children (REQUIRED)
4. After the director contacts you, there will be a phone interview, followed by an in person interview. You will then come for an observation day and be asked to comment on your observations.