Assistant Kindergarten Teacher

Background:
Presbyterian School is an independent, PK3-8th grade school located in the heart of the city’s vibrant museum district.  Our mission is essential and counter-cultural: “Family, School, and Church United in the Education and Support of Each Child.”  The Early Childhood program and faculty embrace both our unique location and powerful partnership as a compelling opportunity to elevate learning and instill confidence in every child.  

Job Title: Assistant Kindergarten Teacher
Department: Early Childhood
Position Status: 10-month Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To (Position Title): Head of Early Childhood
Travel Requirements: 0%
Date Updated: February 14, 2020

Position Summary
Presbyterian School is seeking an experienced and passionate professional to join our Early Childhood team as an Assistant Kindergarten Teacher. A qualified candidate will understand the developmental journey of the Kindergarten learner, enjoy working in a high energy classroom and be skilled in facilitating an integrated curriculum. At Presbyterian School, teachers are members of collaborative teams. In Kindergarten, the Assistant Teacher is classroom based and functions as an integral part of the teaching team. The Assistant Kindergarten Teacher is encouraged to discuss with management, opportunities for professional and social involvement with school and student activities.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares class materials at direction of the teacher
  • Sets up class projects using guidelines established by the teacher
  • Aids students in carrying out routine practice exercises assigned by the teacher in all subject areas
  • Supervises students on school grounds, during snack/meal breaks, recess periods, assigned after school care dates and attends field trips
  • Facilitates student project exhibits, including exchange of regular displays, as well as, coordinating special exhibits
  • Engages with neighborhood museums for visits, meeting guest speakers and other programs in an effort to enhance the classroom curriculum
  • Collaborates with classroom teachers and other faculty on cross-divisional or cross-curricular projects
  • Assists with discipline for students as required
  • Engages in appropriate professional associations and pursues opportunities for professional development
  • Performs various other duties as assigned by management
  • Embraces and embodies the unique and essential Mission of the School, demonstrating an understanding of the distinct principles of the school that reside at the heart of our mission statement “Family, School and Church united in the Support and Education of Each Child”

Qualifications

  • Experience teaching elementary education, independent school setting preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education or related field required
  • Teachers Certificate preferred
  • Deep understanding of the Kindergarten learner
  • Enjoys working in a high energy classroom and is skilled in facilitating an integrated curriculum
  • Willingness to embrace new paradigms of student learning
  • Possesses computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Gmail, Google Drive, Shared Docs and Sheets or Microsoft equivalent
  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to work effectively with others
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to interact with a professional demeanor with staff, general public, and school personnel
  • Effective prioritization and time management skills
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines under pressure

Non-Physical Demands:
Change of tasks, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working with others as part of a team, and irregular schedule may be required at times.

Physical Requirements of the Job:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Conditions:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Secured site facility must adhere to school policy and procedures while on school property.

Machines, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids:
Laptop or iPad, phone, copier and fax.

Job description statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.

If you're interested in the position, please submit resumes and letters of interest to Lois Geiger, Head of Early Childhood, and complete an employment application online.

Presbyterian School seeks to attract qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to its faculty, staff and student body who are able to support and further the mission of the school.  Accordingly, all positions on the faculty and administrative staff will be filled solely on the basis of merit and without reference to the applicant's age, sex, disability, ethnic or national origin. In light of the school's religious nature, it does reserve the right to consider an applicant's or employee's religious beliefs and practices in employment decisions. 

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