Head Classroom Teacher
Opportunity to work in a respectful and equitable progressive school founded in 1925. Work in a school that centers around an old Victorian mansion and exquisite oak trees on a six-acre campus filled with enthusiastic nursery through eighth-grade students. Peninsula School is a day school for 250 children 3-14 years of age. As well as addressing the acquisition of academic skills, the school places strong emphasis on the arts. Children are encouraged to express themselves freely and creatively in many ways. They are grouped in multi-age classes with 18-21 children in a class. The school has a welcoming and supportive administrative staff, a diverse community of parents, and open minded teachers all dedicated to social justice, a love of children, and inclusivity.
Co-Head Classroom Teacher Position (Nursery Blue – 3/4 year olds)
The Nursery program consists of two nursery classrooms, Nursery Blue and Nursery Green. Each classroom has 20 students (three and four year olds), two Co-Head Teachers, and two Teaching Assistants. The Nursery program provides a nurturing, trusting and creative environment for its students and families.
As a group, the Nursery teachers share responsibility and work collaboratively for the well being of all the students in the Nursery program. Together they work hand in hand with parents, childcare and other staff to ensure open and safe communication and problem-solving. The Nursery program is provided autonomy and flexibility in their classrooms to enable them to best serve the needs of their students.
Nursery Co-Head Classroom Teacher – General Responsibilities
The Head Teachers are responsible for creating and maintaining a classroom environment for three and four year old children that provides stimulating learning opportunities and nurtures friendship, direct communication, and respectful relationships.
The Head Teachers are responsible for fostering and supporting the personal growth of each child, socially, emotionally, physically and academically by encouraging them to make choices for themselves, resolve conflicts productively, respect their own feelings and those of others.
The Head Teachers are responsible for supporting students in exercising independence and making choices within a robust framework of play. This includes creating and maintaining an environment where children develop essential concepts such as body image by using their bodies for tree climbing, running, rope swinging and digging, and where play facilitates social skills such as making friends, understanding and expressing themselves, and dealing with conflict.
In order to do all of this effectively, the Head Teachers work in partnership with the students’ parents and consults with other members of the staff. Additionally, s/he guides and supports the efforts of the Teaching Assistants with whom s/he works. The Head Teacher performs her/his duties consistent with the mission, core values and core beliefs of Peninsula School.
Nursery Co-Head Classroom Teacher – Specific Duties and Responsibilities
· Collaborate with Co-Head teacher, Teaching Assistants and other nursery and childcare staff to provide a nursery community based on mutual respect and a healthy exchange of ideas
· Plan and implement a curriculum, in the context of emergent interest and child centered experiences, which fosters creativity, personal growth and self-expression through play
· Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program with a strong focus on social/emotional problem-solving and cooperation
· Motivate students to develop the skill, attitudes and knowledge needed to provide a solid learning foundation and readiness to thrive in Kindergarten
· Observe and ensure children’s progress in all developmental areas
· Build and maintain a safe, equitable and respectful learning environment that honors and values the diversity of the student population
· Offer a multi-cultural and diversity lens in teaching children
· Meet with parents for conferences at least twice a year and provide additional conferences and communication as required
· Organize and facilitate group parent meetings at least twice a year
· Attend staff meetings, In-service meetings, and other meetings as required
· Recognize that informal conversations with parents are an essential part of the daily expectations. This includes articulating the goals and values of the nursery program.
Co-Head Teaching Requirement
It is crucial for a Co-Head Teacher to have the skills that result in a collaborative teaching environment. Peninsula School believes that collaborative teaching allows students, parents and teachers to benefit from the healthy exchange of ideas in a setting defined by mutual respect and shared interests. A key requirement is being vested in the importance of open communication and a demonstrated willingness to compromise and partner as equals. Peninsula School believes that healthy co-teaching involves exploring differences and solving challenges together.
Passionate about working with children 3-4 years old, skilled in understanding developmental milestones, oriented toward progressive education and experienced with social-emotional teaching. Must be a flexible and collaborative team member.
BA, and Early Childhood Education (ECE) units consistent with Peninsula School’s nursery/childcare licensing required; teaching credential and/or teaching experience preferred.
TO APPLY: Peninsula School is an equal opportunity employer and we actively promote the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. We offer competitive compensation and a progressive community dedicated to learning and engaged citizenship. We encourage people of under-represented groups to apply (http://www.peninsulaschool.org/diversity2012.htm). Please send letter of intent and resume, in MS word or PDF format, to HR@peninsulaschool.org or fax to (650) 325-1313 by April 6, 2014.