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Early Childhood Associate Teacher

Woodland School Early Childhood Center Portola Valley ,CA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Overview of Woodland School

Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a joyful approach to learning in a diverse, respectful, and inclusive environment for approximately 300 students in early childhood through eighth-grade.

Woodland School specializes in education that inspires students by nurturing each individual’s voice, intellect, and character. With rich content and an emphasis on inquiry-based and student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners.

Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.


Position Overview

Woodland School seeks an inspiring and nurturing early childhood associate teacher to join our talented instructional team. The Woodland School ECE program serves up to 45 children, ages 3-5, in 3 beautifully appointed learning environments. Over the course of 6 to 8 weeks, our children become experts in exciting topics through the use of authentic materials, intentional read alouds, and contextualized learning experiences. Through intentional teaching and developmentally appropriate practices, our teachers prepare a generation of children to become creative, compassionate, critical thinkers in today’s ever-changing world.

Our 10-month instructional program follows a standard academic calendar, beginning in August and ending in June; teaching during our 5-week summer camp program is optional. This full-time, salaried position features a competitive salary, paid leave, access to professional development, and other benefits.


Requirements (Must meet CA state requirements)

  • Minimum of 12 ECE units or CTC Child Development Teacher permit or greater required; Early childhood education associate’s degree or greater preferred.

  • Successful completion of all required background checks and health screenings.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.

  • Effective and respectful communication with all constituents.

  • Demonstrated history of professionalism, good judgment and integrity.

  • Experience using digital assessment tools for early childhood education, such as Teaching Strategies GOLD, Learning Genie, or Desired Results Developmental Profile.

  • Committed to supporting diverse, equitable, and inclusive classroom communities through anti-racist and anti-bias instructional practices.

  • Experience facilitating project-based or student centered curriculum.

  • Knowledge of or interest in Conscious Discipline or CSEFEL’s Teaching Pyramid practices.



  • Educate a class of children, ages 3-5, under the guidance of a full-time lead early childhood teacher.

  • Support the creation of a warm and nurturing learning environment for children and families.

  • Maintain an organized, inviting, and clean physical environment.

  • Assist with documenting and displaying relevant and current student work.

  • Maintain positive relationships with colleagues and families.

  • Partner with early childhood faculty members to plan and facilitate engaging units of study using the Project Approach.

  • Utilize Conscious Discipline practices to support each child’s executive functioning, self-regulation, and social/emotional development.

  • Intentionally differentiate instruction for children with a range of skills, knowledge, and abilities.

  • Regularly collect student data using Teaching Strategies GOLD, an early childhood assessment tool, to inform planning.

  • Assist with the creation of detailed weekly lesson plans, in partnership with the lead teacher.

  • Participate in ongoing coaching cycles, team meetings, and other relevant professional development opportunities.

  • Demonstrate reflective teaching practices.

  • Assist the lead classroom teacher with facilitating formal and informal parent teacher conferences throughout the year.

  • Support the coordination of logistics for special events in the classroom.

  • Attend occasional schoolwide and program-specific activities outside of the school day, as needed.

  • Facilitate distance learning, including group meetings, read alouds, and other lessons, via Zoom, as needed.

  • Adhere to all rules, regulations, and requirements governing child care programs, as set forth by the state of California.


How to Apply

Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, references, and resume to Scott Harding, Director of Early Childhood Education at


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The position can be physically demanding. Reasonable accommodations may be made if requested in advance.



This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


Woodland School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs. Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.


Woodland School Early Childhood Center


360 La Cuesta Drive
Portola Valley, CA