Multi-Age (earlyK/K/1st grade) Elementary Educator Position for 2020-21 School Year
The Schoolhouse Learning Center in South Burlington, Vermont has an opening for a teacher in our kindergarten — 1st grade multi-age classroom. We seek a teacher who values mindfulness, enjoys teaching spirited, independent children, is committed to social and environmental justice, and welcomes diversity. You should be willing to examine your own biases, improve your teaching practices, and integrate anti-bias teaching and learning into your classroom. This is an unusual and exciting opportunity to join a team of creative, skilled educators in a progressive academic environment.
The ideal candidate understands child development and is passionate about progressive education. You should have experience with or a willingness to learn progressive approaches to learning and teaching, and embrace our play- and nature-based philosophy. Teachers here are patient and willing to allow learning—social, emotional, and academic—to unfold in unique ways for each individual child, at their own pace. Classrooms are also open to parental/family involvement and contributions.
Schoolhouse is a state of Vermont approved independent school and a licensed childcare center, serving children from preschool through 8th grade. We’re located on 28 acres of protected wetlands, with access to forests, and we partner with a nearby small-scale family farm. We have a long history of offering a quality education which promotes curiosity and independence across a wide range of students and their families. Rather than asking students for answers, we guide them in exploring their observations and thinking. Rather than administering tests, we provide ample problem-solving opportunities, such as displays and presentations developed from students’ interest-led research and explorations. Learning at Schoolhouse is relevant, hands-on, and project-based, and we spend a lot of time outside the classroom.
The anticipated opening for this position is September 2020, with paid opportunities to observe and mentor during the 2019-2020 school year.
At least one year of experience leading a classroom. Minimum of 3 years teaching experience at the elementary level; experience in independent schools and/or alternative learning environments a plus, but not necessary.
Willing to work with and be mentored by the current preK/K/1st grade teacher.
Methodical and organized.
Effective communicator—orally and in writing; excellent social and leadership skills.
Proven track record of strong student and community relations.
Passion for and knowledge about place- and project-based learning.
Committed to a strengths-based approach to nurturing students’ social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth.
Competent, compassionate, and flexible in providing a positive and successful environment for all kinds of learners and temperaments including issues of giftedness, gender, race, and learning differences.
Fierce advocate for students’ need for play and movement.
Non-dogmatic in adherence to specific teaching pedagogies.
Love the natural world and a desire to instill that reverence in students.
Compassionate team player.
Experienced in (or at least intrigued by) alternative/progressive approaches to education.
Excited to seek professional development and educational opportunities.
Able to acclimate easily to a new environment and school culture.
Comfortable with ambiguity.
Unfazed (and even delighted) by the antics and challenges of elementary-aged students.
Education and Training
Bachelors degree in a relevant field (ex: Education, Environmental Science, Math, English, History, etc) OR an equivalent experience; teaching certification a plus.
Technologically competent, including working knowledge of personal computers, google docs and tablet-based apps.
Understanding of principles, philosophy, and practices in child development and education.
Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to seek training to obtain a Type II bus driving endorsement.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include SIMPLE retirement (with up to 3% match), Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance, reduced daily lunch rate.
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