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Co-Lead Teacher

Emerson School for Preschoolers

The Ralph Waldo Emerson School for Preschoolers is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization founded in 1966.  We offer morning and afternoon programs for three, four and five-year-old children. Emerson School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Emerson's classrooms and woodland playground create a beautiful space that is rich in potential. Our curriculum is shared and created by both teachers and children working together.

We believe that children learn best through what they do best - through their play. Our teachers closely observe children's play and then offer further opportunities for children to reflect on and revisit their experiences.

Emerson School's uniqueness results from relationships between families, teachers, and a parent volunteer Board of Directors. These partnerships have been the essence of Emerson for more than 50 years and the key to our continued success. 


This is a full time position, five day/wk co-teaching our T-Th class for 3 year olds and our MWF AM class and MWF PM class for classes of 4-5-year-old children.

Hours:  MWF-7:45AM-4:15PM, Tuesdays 7:45AM-3:00PM, Thursdays 7:45AM-12:00 (twice/month Thursdays 12:00PM-2:00PM Professional Development and Open House Events). Approximately 30% of the time above is dedicated to set up/clean up/planning and documentation.  Our program runs September – May.   

Requirements:

We welcome applicants interested in a long term commitment to our program. The right candidate will be an individual with a deep respect for the competence of young children and who views the relationship with the child and family as central to the construction of learning. A sense of wonder, an open mind and a desire to collaborate are important qualities for this position. An associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education is required. A Bachelor’s Degree in ECE or a related field with 30 college credits in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, and/ or early childhood special education is preferred. Experience working with preschool aged children in a group setting is required. Knowledge of NAEYC's developmentally appropriate practice and emergent curriculum, such as in Reggio Emilia inspired classrooms, is desired.  Additional responsibilities and requirements include contributing to an organizational climate that fosters trust, collaboration and inclusion among the Emerson Community – children, families, educators and board of directors and demonstrate a commitment to a high level of continuing professional competence.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in setting up the classrooms, preparing the classroom environment, and planning for the upcoming school year, in the late summer, before school begins.
  • Visiting the homes of new children entering the program as decided by the teaching team (up to 15).
  • Preparing an environment and experiences reflecting children's interests as observed through their play.
  • Documenting children's work and play.
  • Maintaining portfolios for 20 children.
  • Conferencing biannually with families of 20 children (fall informal notes/spring developmental report).
  • Creating digital Daily Logbook Pages 2-3 times/wk.
  • Attending the annual Parent Orientation in September, the Children's Open House in September, and Special Person Night in the spring and the Informational Open Houses for the Community, and other school events as requested by the Director.
  • Participating in the daily maintenance of the classrooms.
  • Meeting when necessary before and after class to discuss and share information and events that affect the children or the program.
  • Attending weekly staff meetings to consult on program planning, plan for individual children, and discuss working conditions, as arranged by the teaching team in collaboration with the program director. Co-teacher relationships are cooperative, collegial, and supportive, respecting each person as a lifelong learner.
  • Participating in staff training program including scheduled on-site training sessions, continuing education through workshops, lectures, and courses, etc., and visits to other programs.
  • Communicating with families through face to face conversations, telephone calls, notes, parent- teacher conferences, and other means as necessary.
  • Participating as a member of the multidisciplinary team for children with special needs.
  • Attending IEP meetings when needed, and other consultation as requested by the director.
  • Assisting in a general inventory and reorganization of classroom materials after school ends in May.
  • Attending the annual end of school year staff meeting to assess the weaknesses and strengths of the program.
  • Keeping within the rules set forth by the State of New Hampshire Bureau of Child Care Standards and Licensing for child care workers, He-C 4002.30.
  • Respecting and complying with the accepted policies, practices, and procedures of the school including those in the Emerson School Parent Handbook, Emerson School Employee Handbook and Emerson School Operations Manual.
  • Being fully aware of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards, Criteria and Code of Ethical Conduct.
How to Apply:

For immediate consideration, please email cover letter, resume, transcripts and three references to: emersonschoolforpreschoolers@gmail.com

Complete applications considered upon submission. All applications due by April 1, 2020. Position will remain open until filled.

Job Location:

Concord

Date Added: March 5, 2020

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