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Early Learning Center (ELC) Lead Teacher

Phillips Brooks School (PBS) announces a search for an early-childhood educator. This person will join a growth-oriented and collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and core values.  The Early Learning Center program is inspired by the work of educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and is guided by NAEYC’s Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children.  We are dedicated to providing an environment that acknowledges and supports each child’s ability to construct an understanding of his or her world in a creative and intrinsically motivated fashion.

The Early Learning Center at Phillips Brooks School includes three groups of 13–15 children from ages 3 to 6. We have a full-day program, and our student-teacher ratio is 8:1.

The successful candidate must demonstrate passion for early childhood education, possess a nurturing teaching style, high energy and a sense of humor, and interact collaboratively with others.

Responsibilities

  • Providing for the safety and wellbeing of all children
  • Establishing and maintaining an engaging classroom environment that supports emerging work of students and all developing areas
  • Creating learning experiences that support an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum
  • Adhering to the philosophical guidelines of the ELC program, including classroom practices, documentation, portfolio development, and blog writing
  • Assessing children’s progress and preparing progress reports
  • Coordinating responsibilities with a team of teachers to develop a consistent program between classes
  • Reflecting on the work of children and teachers
  • Partnering and communicating effectively with parents
  • Conducting parent–teacher conferences using PBS guidelines
  • Participating in opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Assisting in the admission process for students
  • Complying with state licensing guidelines

Qualifications

The position requires an undergraduate degree and teaching experience. Preferred qualifications include a demonstrated understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach.

  • Minimum of six early childhood education units, a California Associate Teacher Child Development Permit, or eligibility for a permit.  A California Master Teacher Child Development Permit or California Teacher Child Development Permit is preferred.
  • Minimum of one year of teaching experience with children ages 3 to 5 years.
  • Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field, with a master’s degree preferred.

To Apply

Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three to five references (including current supervisor). Please combine all documents into a single PDF and send to employment@phillipsbrooks.org. The subject line should read: ELC Teacher – [your last name].

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