Seattle’s Progressive Preschool Co-op is seeking a nurturing, motivated, and creative teacher to teach our Samaras class, of 1- to 2-year-olds, starting in September 2018.
Classes meet Mondays and Wednesday, 4:15pm to 5:30pm.
We are a community-centered, co-operative preschool. Our curriculum integrates a strong focus on social justice and environmental awareness into the early education of our children. Our spacious, light-filled classroom, on-site playground and garden provide an environment in which children, their parents, and their teachers can learn and grow together. We are looking for someone who will cultivate trusting, caring, and collaborative relationships with all members of our preschool community. This person must have the ability to communicate effectively with children and their caregivers inside and outside of class.
- Degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent experience.
- Experience in Early Childhood Education, preferably in a co-operative environment.
- Experience/familiarity with emergent curriculum as well as using emotion coaching as a tool for managing conflict and promoting emotional growth.
- Experience guiding assistant teachers in the classroom as a lead teacher.
- Experience working with ELL families and/or diverse student populations preferred.
- Broad understanding of play-based and emergent curriculum. Uses curriculum to develop a classroom experience that welcomes culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds, while acknowledging that we are all learning together.
- Willingness and capability to work closely with caregivers in the classroom. Effectively communicates duties and responsibilities, and clearly modeling appropriate behavior for caregivers to follow.
- Committed to maintaining an environmentally-friendly classroom and encouraging the children to consider the impact of their actions on others and the world around them.
- Consistently approaches conflict as a teaching/learning opportunity.
- Will establish a classroom culture that makes room for mistakes, encourages curiosity, and promotes compassion, shared responsibility, and acceptance of others.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Developing and implementing age-appropriate and emergent curriculum that incorporates our school’s green and social justice missions, integrating parents’ ideas, skills, and other contributions.
- Offering a balance of free and structured play time that supports the development of social, emotional, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills.
- Providing guidance to parents working in the classroom as teacher’s assistants, modeling emotion coaching and other strategies for classroom management.
- Communicating regularly with parents about curriculum and children’s development.
- Collaborating with the other teachers to create a curriculum that enables children to build skills and experiences from year to year as they move through SPP’s 3- or 4-year programs.
- Collaborating with SPP’s Board to promote a healthy, highly-functioning, thriving community that enhances the lives of all members.
- Attending to light administrative duties related to their teacher role.
- Current CPR & First Aid Certification
- Must pass WA State Patrol Background Check
- Fulfill ADA requirements, including being able to lift and carry 35-60 lbs
- Competitive pay, based on education and experience
- Pay includes prep time and attendance at school meetings
- Generous PTO and paid school holidays
- Medical insurance reimbursement program
- Opportunities for professional development
- Seattle’s Progressive Preschool is affiliated with Seattle Central Community College, which provides a Parent Education Instructor for the school. The Parent Education Instructor is a collaborative member of the teaching team providing early childhood education resources and cooperative preschool experience.
How to apply:
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org :
- Cover letter
- Three professional references (name/email/phone)