Head Preschool / Kindergarten Teacher

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The San Francisco School

Head Preschool & Kindergarten Teacher                                  

(For ages 3 through 6 years)

100% FTE, Teacher starts August 5, 2019, Ends June 9, 2020

Overview of Position

The San Francisco School seeks a talented Preschool/Kindergarten (PS/K) Head Teacher to nurture and inspire students with a multicultural, unbiased and meaningful curriculum. The San Francisco School PS/K is a Montessori inspired, three-year program founded on the ideals of teaching self-reliance, responsibility, and learning through experience.


Reports to: Lower School Head



The Head Teacher works in a team including one other Head Teacher and 3 Teacher Assistants with up to 39 children spanning 3 age groups (3 & 4-year-olds plus kindergarten).  The Head Teacher shares full responsibility for the classroom and students with the Co-Head teacher; collaborates to assure the coherence, relevance and vibrancy of the program; plans and manages the classroom environment; works with children on academic, social and emotional growth; tracks and maintains records for each child; trains and co-supervises Teacher Assistants with the Lower School Head; and participates in the admissions process. The position also includes regular parent teacher conferences, and maintaining consistent communication with the parents of the students in the class via a weekly newsletter.

The Head Teacher works in cooperation with all San Francisco School teachers (PSK-8) to offer a comprehensive educational program that attends to the developmental needs of children.  All teachers also come together on a regular basis to examine student work, discuss best teaching practices, and hone professional skills.


General Responsibilities:

  • Affirm and support school philosophy and mission
  • Co-plan and manage classroom environment
  • Plan and manage academic program and each student’s individual program in collaboration with Co-Head Teacher
  • Track and maintain records of individual student progress
  • Provide timely communication with parents/guardians through calls, emails, regular newsletters and conferences as appropriate, and in consultation with the Lower School Head
  • Attend weekly faculty meetings
  • Participate in professional development activities as appropriate
  • Perform other related duties as required


General Calendar and Schedule

  • The teacher shall engage in transition, preparation and orientation activities from August 5 through August 20, 2019.
  • The teacher shall engage in direct work with the children from August 21 through June 3, with wrap up activities through June 9, 2020.  A typical school-day schedule is eight hours (generally 8:00 am to 4:00 pm) which includes: up to six hours of student contact, co-teacher and team collaboration, one hour of preparation time, and one hour for lunch and breaks.  The teacher should arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the arrival of the children, remain at least thirty minutes after the departure of the children, and remain on campus throughout the school day, except for scheduled rest periods and official school business.
  • The teacher shall attend weekly faculty meetings on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.


Qualifications sought

The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in Education or a subject area field, some Montessori training by start of the school year, and/or a Child Development Master Teacher Permit (California ECE requirements). Three years of successful work as a Preschool Head Teacher are recommended and are preferably in a diverse, multicultural school community.


  • Proven cultural competence in a community committed to issues of diversity, equity and social justice.
  • Be passionate about and enjoy working with young children.
  • Ability to supervise, evaluate, and mentor students in ways relevant to this commitment.
  • Demonstrated academic and multicultural competency in classroom pedagogy, including innovative teaching and recognition of and appropriate response to various learning profiles. Candidate should be student-centered, practiced in differentiated instruction and skilled at attending to the development of the whole child.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience with the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with all constituents in an evolving multicultural, economically diverse school environment, including faculty, staff, administration, parents, and students. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Demonstrated professional behavior, including discretion, judgment and integrity.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a teaching team.
  • Commitment to the continuing development of relevant professional knowledge, skills and abilities, particularly as related to academic and cultural competencies.
  • All prospective employees must be able to clear a background check and TB screening.
  • Understanding of developmental needs of 3 through 6-year-olds.
  • Exhibit initiative, responsibility, adaptability, creativity, and flexibility.
  • Ability to sing with children and bilingual and/or Spanish proficiency is a plus!


Hours:  Monday through Friday, full time, with afternoon or evening meetings for teacher team building, committees, parent education, and assessments occurring one to several times a month.


Overview of School

The San Francisco School is an independent school, pre-K through eighth grade, with a commitment to a multicultural and inclusive community. Suitably characterized by one parent as an “urban school with a village atmosphere,” The School embraces San Francisco’s ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity. Our progressive approach to education encourages children to develop self-reliance, solid academic skills, creativity, and a commitment to social justice. Students learn to think like disciplinarians in a field, consider big and central ideas, and can find and develop their own passions. They graduate academically prepared, inquisitive, courageous, and eager for the challenges ahead.


Interested candidates may apply by emailing one document containing a resume, cover letter, three references, and how you became aware of this position to:


The San Francisco School

Attn:  PS/K Head Teacher Position

300 Gaven Street, SF, CA 94134

Email to: jobs@sfschool.org


Check out our website: www.sfschool.org


The San Francisco School is committed to increasing staff diversity, both to reflect the high value SFS places on a multicultural understanding, and for the direct benefit of each student.

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