Employment


Job Description

Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool is hiring for Co-Teacher positions.  See below for full description.  If interested, email Jane Montgomery: jmontgomery@peachtreepreschool.org.

1.  Title: Co-teacher, Monday-Friday

2.  Hours:                                                   

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

3 days – see below

(Plus additional hours i.e.  staff meetings, professional development, parent events and parent/teacher conversations).              8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

2 Days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or  Thursday for  collaboration meetings)

3.  Nature of Work:

This is a professional teaching position with responsibilities for partnering with a co-teacher to plan, implement and evaluate program activities for preschool children in a Christian setting and within the framework of Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool.  Work is performed under the supervision of the Director, and in cooperation with the Director of Educational Practices.

4.  Illustrative Tasks:                             

The co- teacher has primary responsibility for the management and preparation of a Reggio Inspired early childhood program,, planning an environment and activities that are developmentally appropriate for the social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical growth of the early childhood age child in keeping with the Educational Practices of the Preschool.

General

  • Demonstrate a professional and cooperative attitude
  • Keep attendance records on all students
  • Complete evaluations on students as needed for independent schools, psychologists or others
  • Attend staff meetings, parent functions, collaborative meetings, professional development, collaborative meetings
  • Participate in the Professional Learning Community of the Preschool
  • Prepare room each Friday for Sunday School use
  • Notify the Director in the event of absence; provide lesson plans if applicable
  • Complete self evaluation and reflection; meet with Director and/or Director of Educational Practices  for annual review

Curriculum and Students

  • Maintain an aesthetic and enriched learning environment, which is beautiful, clean and organized and supportive of the highest potential of young children’s work individually and in groups
  • Coordinate daily flow for class
  • Collaborate with Resource Educators on experiences for the children
  • Develop a high quality learning experiences  for the children which supports and integrates play, music, movement, clay, wire, drawing, writing, painting, collage,  light and other “expressive languages”
  • Encourage authentic projects that reflect the community and the children’s interest
  • Learn the technology required to document the experiences of children and adults as well as support the documentation of student/classroom experiences
  • Collaborate regularly with co-teacher, resource educators, colleagues and Director of Educational Practices to develop a program around a base of inquiry and observation that supports the intellectual, social/emotional, moral and physical development of each child.  Participate with co-teacher and studio/resource educator in regular planning to reflect on the program and to forecast future investigations and projects in the emergent curriculum
  • Provide detailed projections and the classroom implementation collaborating daily with teacher assistant; display these in the communication area of the classroom
  • Maintain class website(s) – update weekly
  • Maintain a portfolio on each student

Professional Learning

  • Read professional journals, articles and books to strengthen knowledge of the schools of Reggio Emilia, child development and best practices in early education
  • Possess a willingness to learn and grow with other members of the school community by participating in professional development (minimum of 25 hours)
  • Visit other Reggio Inspired Schools – at least one annually
  • Participate in all Project Infinity Whole Project Days sponsored by Inspired Practices in Early Education, Inc.

Communication

  • Communicate to Director on a regular basis all areas of interest, concern and progress
  • Maintains a commitment to professionalism by treating each child, colleague and parent with respect
  • Foster the partnership between home and school by establishing positive, interactive relationships with families through informal conversations and feedback
  • Conduct parent/teacher conversations as specified
  • Communicate through newsletters, web-based communication, documentation and regular feedback as appropriate concerning ongoing experiences in the classroom

Health and Safety

  • Complete first aid and CPR training every other year
  • Practice safety and emergency drills on a regular basis; participate in emergency plan training
  • Keep classroom clean and organized; report any needed repairs

5.  Desirable Experience and Training

A bachelor’s degree, preferably in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field, is required.   Familiarity with the philosophies of the schools of Reggio Emilia is preferred – a willingness to study more is required.  The candidate must love working with children, possess a nurturing teaching style and interact with parents and colleagues in a supportive manner.  Possess knowledge of child development ages one to six-years-old.