The Philadelphia School (TPS) is seeking a full-time Lead Kindergarten Teacher for the 2020 - 2021 academic year, to cover a parental leave. We are a Preschool - 8 progressive, independent school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with an enrollment of 430 students. Since our founding in 1972, The Philadelphia School has grown in size, complexity, and diversity. This growth has been rooted firmly in the progressive values with which our founders began: immersive learning, responsive pedagogy, and meaningful engagement with the world. The Philadelphia School seeks educators with a deep interest in social justice and a commitment to personal and professional growth.
Our early childhood center was designed specifically for our youngest students. It has light-filled classrooms, direct access to a large, nature-based play yard, raised garden beds, a kitchen, studio space, and an adjacent multipurpose building. There are usually two lead teachers (co-teachers) and an associate teacher in each classroom. In this school year, we will teach in smaller cohorts with one lead and assistant teacher assigned to each group.
Our early childhood program is play and project-based, so we are looking for flexible, creative educator with a focus on the developmental needs of 5 and 6 year olds. We are looking for a teacher with strong interpersonal and communication skills grounded in the practices of progressive education. Experiences in environmental and outdoor education, Responsive Classroom, The Project Approach, art, drama, and gardening are all a plus. Technological expertise and experience with online learning will also be beneficial, in the case of a pivot to online learning for portions of the year. All of our teachers bring a rich range of interests and expertise to their work. We seek to hire someone who will bring their own set of complementary experiences and expertise to add depth and dimension to the teaching team.
Collaborate with other kindergarten teachers, the learning resource team, and specialists to meet the needs of diverse learners and to develop an engaging thematic curriculum
Partner with associate teacher in working with a group of 10-12 children
Build respectful and supportive relationships with students
Deliver progressive and intentional instruction
Develop strong home-school partnerships and communicate with families clearly, frequently, and with cultural sensitivity
Participate in school wide initiatives
Engage in ongoing professional development and growth
B.A. required. Preference given to those with a Master’s Degree in a related field of study and with lead teaching experience
An orientation to progressive philosophy and teaching methods
Strong understanding of child development, including the social, emotional, and intellectual domains
An ability and commitment to create a warm, nurturing, and supportive classroom for young children
Strong writing, editing and communication skills at both the student and parent levels
Familiarity with some of our core resources and methodologies: Responsive Classroom, the Project Approach, Reading and Writing Workshop, Wilson Fundations, and Bridges to Mathematics
Passion for instilling in children a lifelong love of learning
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and statement of educational philosophy to Christy Reardon, Director of Lower School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Philadelphia School welcomes and celebrates diversity in our student body and in our faculty, and is committed to providing an education for all of our children that instills in them a respect, understanding and appreciation for the many races, cultures, religions, family structures, and ethnicities that make up our complex and diverse world.
The Philadelphia School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or sexual orientation in the operation of its educational programs and activities. Carol Lerner, Director of Finance and Operations, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School's non-discrimination policies as the school's Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator.