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Early Learning Center (ELC) Lead Teacher

Phillips Brooks School (PBS) announces a search for an early-childhood educator in our Pre-Kindergarten program, beginning August 2019. Reporting to the Director of Preschool – 2nd Grade, the Early Learning Center Lead Teacher runs a classroom of up to 15 students with support from a dedicated associate teacher and several shared specialist resources. The ELC 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 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 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.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and identities and are committed to an inclusive work environment. You'll have an opportunity to contribute to an upbeat, growth-oriented professional learning community that appreciates collaboration, creativity, and an innovative approach to all aspects of school life. We strive daily to uphold our mission and core values of kindness, courage, community, and love of learning

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Job Responsibilities

  • Providing for the safety and well-being 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


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.

How 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 The subject line should read: ELC Teacher – [your last name].

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