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Nature-based Preschool Teacher

The Dewey School

The Dewey School is a dynamic combination of nature, art, and play designed for early learners ages 3-5. Located at the historic Canterbury Shaker Village, The Dewey School is seeking compassionate educators who are collaborative and flexible colleagues and have the whole child as their priority and view the outdoors as an avenue for emergent curriculum through natural connections.  

We view children as capable and competent contributors and believe the developmentally appropriate practices of nature-based learning and play, inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, provide children with a strong foundation of authentic learning.

 


Our ideal candidate is child centered... not because children are cute, but because they are important. They are our future!  We are seeking someone who takes initiative in the day to day tasks of our small school, someone that can collaborate with a team (that means communicating and flexing with them honestly), someone who is genuine and is seeking a position because their greatest love is teaching children about the world around them. We will be outside every day discovering the world.  Are you okay being out in the cold, the rain, the wind, the sun, and the heat with a joyful disposition? Are you able to lead an exploration outside?  Will you puddle stomp?  Will you roll in the grass?  How do you feel about tree climbing and newts?

We seek an educator who understands the developmental process of the 3-5 year old and knows that children express themselves in a hundred different ways. We do not subscribe to a "sky is blue, grass is green" mentality. 

If you have similar views and hold children with similar regard, then please go to www.deweyschool.net/employment and complete the application if you would care to be considered for employment at The Dewey School. 

Requirements:

We welcome applications from exceptional, child loving folks for the position of teacher at our nature-based school!  Our faculty will work as a team; collaboratively guiding children, offering invitations to learning, inside...and out. As a learning community, teachers will collaborate with volunteers, community members, as well as other educational professionals.

We would love to have all of our teachers be eligible, or currently be certified, for Lead Teacher certification as stipulated by the State of NH. Do you meet these requirements? 

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

Qualifications for Lead Teacher

  • NH Child Care Lead Teacher certification.

    • BA degree in Early Childhood Education or relevant field preferred including 18 credits in child development, early childhood or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children from an accredited university with 3 credits in child growth and development OR

    • A credential from a teacher preparation program accredited by MACTE OR

    • Documentation from or on file with the department that she or he was qualified for and employed in the position of lead teacher on or before 2017

  • Experience in emergent curriculum development and documentation desired

  • Experience with Reggio Emilia Approach (REA) desired.

  • Teacher must possess a love of nature and teaching outdoors

  • Strong communication, writing and collaboration skills a must.

  • Successful candidates must pass a background records check (CORI, DCF and Fingerprinting

Qualifications for Associate Teacher

  • NH Child Care Associate Teacher qualified.

    • A minimum of 9 credits in child development, early childhood or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children, including at least one 3 credit course in child growth and development from a regionally accredited college OR

    • A minimum of 1500 hours of supervised child care experience in a licensed child care program or public or private elementary school, with written recommendation from the center director or school administrator and documentation of a t least 3 credits in child development, early childhood or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children awarded from a regionally accredited college or university AND

      • Within 12 months of the date the individual begins working as an associate teacher, documentation of qualification as specified in number one above for review by the department OR

  • A minimum of 100 hours of supervised child care experience in a licensed child care program and documentation of successful completion of a 2 year vocational child care course OR

  • Documentation from or on file with the department that she or he was qualified for and employed in the position of lead teacher on or before 2017

  • Experience in emergent curriculum development and documentation desired

  • Experience with Reggio Emilia Approach (REA) desired.

  • Teacher must possess a love of nature and teaching outdoors

  • Strong communication, writing and collaboration skills a must.

  • Successful candidates must pass a background records check (CORI, DCF and Fingerprinting)

In addition, this position requires the applicant:

  • to respect children as humans and view them as capable and competent
  • to work with dynamic three-five year olds daily in a developmentally appropriate way
  • to be a flexible collaborator/team member with adult peers
  • to be outside for two or more hours per day regardless of weather (there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing) and connect children to the world around them
  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certified
Responsibilities:

All tasks associated with nuturing children ages 3-5 through developmentally appropriate practices in an inspired and caring environment inside and out. These include and are not limited to emergent curriculum development, song, dance, provication development, collaboration, facilitation, natural history knowledge, nose whiping, hand holding, steady temperament, dish washing and other light "household tasks", trail blazing, game playing such as "sleeping bear" and others. 

How to Apply:

Please go to www.deweyschool.net/employment to complete our prerequisite application.

Or contact:

Mindy Beltramo, MEd
Director
Info@deweyschool.net

Job Location:

Canterbury

Date Added: November 18, 2019

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