Northaven Cooperative Preschool Teacher Job Description - Young 2s & 2/3s class
Northaven Cooperative Preschool (the Co-op), located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, is seeking a part-time Teacher for our Young 2s and 2s/3s class for the 2020-2021 school year. All teachers and employees support our mission of providing a quality preschool which nurtures the development of the whole child and provides parents the opportunity to participate directly in the education of their young children. The Teacher reports to the Director of the Co-op and the Personnel Chair of the Co-op Board of Directors.
The classroom schedule for the Young 2s class is Monday and Tuesday 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM, as well as the 2s/3s class schedule is Wednesday and Thursday 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM. The school year tentatively will begin at the end of August 2020 and end at the end of May 2021. The Teacher will need to arrive in time to prepare the classroom and be ready to greet the children upon arrival. The Teacher is expected to stay after as needed for tidying the classroom and lesson preparation. The Teacher will attend staff meetings on specified Wednesdays after class hours. The Teacher is expected to attend occasional afternoon, evening, and weekend meetings and events; such as orientations, fundraisers, and teacher training.
Responsibilities Educating and Teaching
Create a classroom environment and curriculum utilizing teaching strategies
Create a classroom environment and curriculum utilizing teaching strategies in compliance with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation criteria
Implement play-based, experience-rich, developmentally-appropriate individual and social learning opportunities in the classroom
Advocate for play-based education in and outside of the classroom
Provide sensory experiences for open-ended exploration and discovery in both the physical and social worlds
Assume responsibility for the daily operation of the classroom in compliance with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Minimum Standards and NAEYC Accreditation criteria
Schedule and complete home visits to student homes before the first day of classes
Create the parent co-oping schedule for the class for the year
Communicate regularly with parents individually and as a group regarding classroom activities
Schedule formal conferences with parents twice annually
Provide parents with a Co-op parent responsibilities checklist and provide guidance to parents regarding how to best most effective while co-oping in the classroom
Maintain professionalism and use good confidentiality practices in all facets of your role at the Co-op
Work cooperatively with parents, fellow teachers, and the Director to support a safe, experience-rich environment in which children can grow
Share questions, ideas, expertise, and support with fellow Co-op teachers
Collaborate with staff on supply and equipment needs
Attend the Co-op's Carnival, Auction, Grand Day, Story Night and other events that help foster connection within our Co-op community
Promote and support the Co-op's mission, purpose, and core educational goals through all levels of interaction in the school - with children, parents, fellow teachers and staff, and Northaven United Methodist Church
Personal Growth and Learning
Remain current and informed on issues, trends, and research in early childhood education
Stay familiar with NAEYC publications and standards
Encourage and seek opportunities for team building and staff collaboration
Engage in training opportunities provided by the Co-op (or outside training opportunities) to ensure completion of required number of outside training hours annually
If you are interested, please send your resume and a cover letter/email with a statement of why you are interested in being a part of Northaven Co-operative Preschool to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preferred Education and Experience
Extensive knowledge about childhood development and play-based education
At least a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education, or other related field
Several years of experience teaching preschool or working in a related early-childhood field
Familiarity with NAEYC accreditation
Excellent communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Creativity to explore and design play-based curriculum
Ability to understand, manage, and embrace the benefits and complexities of a co-operative preschool environment
Ability to establish and maintain good interpersonal relationships with parents, children, and staff
About Northaven Co-operative Preschool
The mission of the Northaven Co-operative Preschool in the heart of Dallas, Texas is to provide a quality preschool which nurtures the development of the whole child and provides parents the opportunity to participate directly in the education of their young children. Our curriculum at Northaven Co-op is built upon principles of child development with the purpose of helping children enjoy and manage the world around them while preparing them for the academic life of elementary school. We strive to maintain a balanced awareness between social-emotional and intellectual growth, so that each child may establish a basis for feeling good about himself or herself that supports continued growth in skills and learning. The teachers at Northaven Co-op have broad experience in early childhood education. Our faculty members are dedicated to learning experiences, and to the enthusiastic sharing and enjoyment of knowledge. We are proud to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
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