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.
Head Classroom Teacher Position (Lower School – K/1)
Lower School Program (K-4th)
The Lower School is an ungraded primary composed of children from ages 4 to 10. Each classroom has 18-21 students, a Head Classroom Teacher and one to two Teaching Assistants. In addition, the Lower School teaching team includes both a literacy and math specialist who support the literacy and math programs across the lower school.
As a group, the teachers in the Lower School share responsibility and work collaboratively for the well being of all the students in the Lower School program. They work together to sequence curriculum, coordinate calendars and plan events, and work hand in hand with parents, childcare and other staff to ensure open and safe communication and problem solving. The Lower School program is provided autonomy and flexibility in their classrooms to enable them to best serve the needs of their students.
Head Classroom Teacher – General Responsibilities
The Head Classroom Teacher is responsible for creating and maintaining a classroom environment that provides stimulating learning opportunities and nurtures friendship, direct communication and respectful relationships. The Head Classroom Teacher is 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 Classroom Teacher supports students in exercising independence and making choices within a framework of available academic and artistic pursuits. S/he collaborates with specialty teachers in science, art, library, woodshop, ceramics, weaving and music, Spanish, literacy, math and drama. In order to do all of this effectively, s/he works in partnership with the student’s 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 Classroom Teacher performs her/his duties consistent with the mission, core values and core beliefs of Peninsula School.
K/1 Head Classroom Teacher – Specific Duties and Responsibilities
· Plan and implement a flexible curriculum favorable to positive learning and personal growth
· Help students begin to learn to write clearly, to think both rationally and intuitively, to read and retrieve information and to explore their place in the world
· Plan and implement a grade level and developmentally oriented math program
· Motivate each student to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to provide a solid learning foundation
· Create, foster, and problem solve within a cooperative and collaborative learning environment
· Take initiative, responsibility, and have a friendly respect for children
· Embrace Peninsula School’s play-based philosophy
· Teach children in a way that fosters creativity, self-esteem, self-expression and awareness, including a strong focus on social emotional problem solving and conflict resolution
· Observe and ensure children’s progress in all developmental areas
· Recognize and address the unique needs and varied learning styles of all children in academic and social-emotional development
· 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 in children
· Meet with parents for conferences at least twice a year and provide additional conferences and communication as required or requested
· Organize and facilitate group parent meetings at least twice a year
· Attend staff meetings, In-service meetings, and other meetings as applicable
Passionate about working with children 5-6 years old, skilled in understanding developmental milestones, oriented toward progressive education, experienced in social emotional teaching as well as academic. Must be a flexible and collaborative team member. BA 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 cover letter and resume, in MS word or PDF format, to HR@peninsulaschool.org or fax to (650) 325-1313 by April 6, 2014.