Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Rio Grande School was founded in 1978 as a Kindergarten - Grade 6 by a group of parents who sought an arts and experiential focus. The following year, the school acquired five acres in the foothills on the east side of Santa Fe and built a modest two-story structure, known today as the Early Childhood Building. As the school approached the 21st century, families and a $6 million-phased capital campaign helped develop the current campus and evolving programming.
Today the school educates an average capacity of 155 students from three years of age to sixth grade. The school has an endowment approaching $5 million, operates debt-free and is fully funded through tuition revenue and targeted fundraising. RGS provides tuition assistance to 27% of the student body and 30% of its population represents ethnic diversity.
The significant campus improvement in the last decade occurred in tandem with the growth of the school's curriculum, reflecting a real world, forward thinking student experience. Rio Grande School educates early childhood and elementary school students in an academically rigorous, enriched, and student-centered program, engaging them to master, to their potential, the skill areas of reading, writing, math, speaking, and listening. The program guides students to think critically and reflect deeply, inspiring them to be excited lifelong learners, prepared to succeed as emotionally secure individuals and thoughtful, caring members of society.
The School's highly trained and experienced Educators approach learning in the pre-school environment through play based activities. Preschoolers thrive in this environment of choice, an enriched environment and a thematic based curriculum Through inquiry, involvement and discovery they develop an enthusiasm for learning based on their personal interests and their individual level of development. The themes and interests of the children are integrated throughout their school experience with the Co- Circular Specialist Educators, who continue to enrich and develop the children’s interests and learning.
The School employs best practices to nurture social, emotional, and intellectual intelligences, creating a culture in which high-quality relationships are integral to each student’s personal and academic well being and to their desire to pursue a fulfilled life.
Rio Grande School is accredited through the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
The Associate Educator for PreK at Rio Grande School is a full-time, 10-month position in the 4 year-old classroom beginning in August 2017.
Qualified individuals should have early childhood classroom experience and are preferred to have attained at least an AA degree in Early Childhood Education or Bachelor’s degree with at least 12 college credit hours in Child Development.
Compensation will be determined by years of teaching experience and highest degree earned. In addition to salary, the school offers all full-time employees a retirement plan with matching contributions, medical insurance, life insurance, and both short and long term disability insurance.
Under the direction of the Pre-Kindergarten Lead Educator, the Associate Educator will support classroom instruction and management in the following areas:
- Instructing students individually and in groups, using a variety of instructional strategies;
- Adapting teaching methods and instructional materials to meet the varying needs and interests of students;
- Implementing accommodations and modifications to classroom curriculum to meet student learning needs;
- Collaborating with co-curricular educators to implement integrated curriculum;
- Preparing materials and classrooms for class activities;
- Enforcing rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
With the presence of the Lead Educator:
- Meeting with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress;
- Meeting with parents and guardians to discuss their children’s progress and to determine their priorities for their children and their resource needs.
Additional responsibilities include:
- Substituting for the Lead Educator when necessary;
- Attending professional meetings, educational conferences, and educator training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence;
- Attending all faculty meetings; and
- Other duties as assigned by the school administration.
The Lead Educator will:
- Mentor, support, and guide the Associate Educator;
- Provide an opportunity to set goals with the Associate Educator reflect on progress periodically throughout the year;
- Designate a planning time for the Associate Educator and him/herself.
Please send letter of interest and resume to Megan Keller at email@example.com