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First Grade Lead Teacher

Cultivating Creativity & Intellectual Curiosity

First Grade Lead Teacher at Berkwood Hedge School

A Rare & Wonderful Opportunity – Fall 2014



Berkwood Hedge School provides a hands-on developmental curriculum that promotes deep and intuitive learning. Students achieve academic excellence by becoming critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. Our teachers meet the needs of every child, inspiring a joy of learning, academic success, intellectual excitement, emotional well-being, and creativity. Students leave Berkwood Hedge School prepared for success in middle school and beyond.Our small cooperative community of students, families, and educators shares a commitment to preserving the environment and promoting social justice within both the school culture and the larger community. We are committed to strengthening diversity of all types, including cultural, ethnic, racial, learning style, economic,gender, and family structure.


Berkwood Hedge School is seeking excellent candidates for a full-time First grade teaching position for the 2014 – 2015 school year.


Berkwood Hedge is an independent, progressive kindergarten through fifth grade school located in the heart of Berkeley, CA. A leader in social and environmental justice issues, we are well known for a hands-on developmental curriculum that promotes deep and intuitive learning. A solid and enduring core philosophy, a rich academic and arts program, close ties between families and school, and a strong sense of community are the hallmarks of a Berkwood Hedge education.


Berkwood Hedge School’s developmental curriculum is based on the understanding that children construct their knowledge of the world through hands-on, integrated, and active child-centered learning experiences. The strength of the Berkwood Hedge developmental curriculum is that it allows children to develop as creative participants in their own learning. Our teachers support this development across the cognitive, physical, social and moral domains.



  • Work enthusiastically to plan and implement all aspects of the First grade curriculum based on current knowledge of constructivism
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues in all aspects of student learning
  • Maintain active and open communication with parents/guardians of the children and with all members of the Berkwood Hedge School community
  • Wholeheartedly support and manifest the Berkwood Hedge mission of social justice and equity
  • Be creative, innovative, flexible, and responsive
  • Have a sense of humor



  • Three years of lead teaching experience at the elementary level
  • Deep understanding and appreciation for progressive education
  • California Teaching Credential
  • Strong communication skills with both children and adults



  • Love of children and understanding of child development
  • Collaborative, creative, and curious nature
  • Maturity, professionalism, and good judgment
  • Willingness and capacity to assume a wide range of responsibilities
  • Interested in learning new skills and engaged in continuous improvement of practice
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills



  • Maintain and support a climate of mutual respect which encourages colleagues to take healthy risks: asking questions, sharing opinions, and making mistakes necessary to learn
  • Inform student, parents, lead teacher, and the Director immediately of any relevant information
  • Support the cultivation of each student's creativity, intellectual curiosity, social-emotional development in an academically rich and relevant context


At Berkwood Hedge, a teacher's engagement includes various activities in addition to classroom duties, such as giving extra help to students who need it, communicating feedback directly to the Director, encouragement of the efforts of colleagues, concern for the appearance of the classrooms and of the grounds, promptness in meeting all school obligations, and flexibility and cooperation in supporting our school’s advancement. Attendance at school events and activities, such as plays, concerts, festivals, and fairs, etc., is very strongly encouraged. Attendance at designated staff meetings and open houses is required.


We look for candidates who thrive on ownership, collaboration, service, creativity and collaboration, and who have a strong sense of social justice. For more information about Berkwood Hedge School, please visit us at Salary and benefits are competitive. Submit cover letter and resume to by March 10, 2014.


To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Love Weinstock, Director at


Berkwood Hedge School actively seeks to build a diverse student, staff and parent community. We are an avid equal opportunity employer and seek applicants who reflect the rich diversity of the Bay Area.  We do not discriminate on the basis of basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family-care status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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