Laboratory Schools: Nursery/Kindergarten Head Teacher
University of Chicago
April 26, 2018
Location: Hyde Park Campus
In the Nursery and Kindergarten Program, children learn to play and play to learn. Head Teachers report to the Principal of the Early Childhood program. Full-time teachers are expected to work a 40-hour week and the required number of days as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Build deep relationships with students, families, and staff to foster a culture of community. Maintain strong lines of communication with families about student progress, and go above and beyond to support and collaborate closely with teammates in the united pursuit of Labâ™s mission. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, share feedback to solve problems, reflect on how your actions impact others, and take ownership over creating the culture you want to show up to each day.
Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2018.
Head Teachers are responsible for building a nurturing, challenging, and supportive classroom environment that fosters mutual respect and age appropriate levels of independence.
Create activities that support mathematical and spatial thinking, literacy, knowledge about the physical world and the development of empathy.
Develop curriculum to support play and exploration and the construction of relationships and ideas.
Ability to be agile and flexible required.
Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
Strong knowledge of child development required.
Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools required.
Analytical skills required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Decision-making skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Organizational skills required.
Computational skills required.
Verbal and written communication skills
Interpersonal skills required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
Ability to manage stressful situations required.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.
Ability to walk around building during the school day and climb stairs to escort children in and out of the building during let out and in the event of an emergency required.
Education, Experience and Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Master's degree preferred.
Prior early childhood teaching experience required.
A minimum of three years of teaching experience preferred.
Experience developing curriculum preferred.
Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Ability to carry or lifts loads of at least 5 lbs and up to 25 lbs .
Ability to sit for up to 2 hours.
Ability to use computers extensively for up to 2 hours.
Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment.
Ability to move around building/classroom to interact with students, staff, faculty, and extended community.
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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