Nature-Based Pre-School Educator - Full-time Mixed Age

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $31,000
Maximum: $37,000

Published

10/03/2018

Start Date

11/05/2018

Application Deadline

10/12/2018

Address

7204 Harrison Avenue
Alexandria
VA
22306
United States

Description

We are currently hiring a full-time teaching position for ages 3.5 - 5 years


Hours: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm


About Frog Pond: Located on two acres adjoining a beautiful wildlife park, Frog Pond provides an educational and nurturing environment for children from toddlerhood to school age. Every effort is made to accommodate children with special needs. Frog Pond is owned and operated by Mother Nurture Company, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to serving working families with young children.


Because of the nature of our program, our teachers spend a great deal of time outdoors, in all seasons and in all kinds of (safe) weather conditions. Teachers must be comfortable spending extended time outdoors, engaging with nature (getting messy and dirty indoors and out) and being with and occasionally caring for animals (goats, chickens, ducks and little creatures who we might bring into the classrooms for educational purposes and then release back to nature, e.g. insects, salamanders, turtles, etc.)

About the Position:


Partner with Teaching Teams and Director/Managers in providing overall management and supervision of a mixed age group. Exemplify social/emotional intelligence by self-regulating personally and professionally. Present oneself with the utmost of face-to-face/relational professionalism and exemplify honest and engaging interpersonal skills with coworkers and families. Ensure the teaching team provides a safe and nurturing environment for young children, encouraging their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Design and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum according to guidelines established by Frog Pond. Ensure safety and supervision of children at all times by meeting the physical demands of the position, which includes direct care/feeding in rotation with other caring educators. Provide primary care in the classroom, model exemplary behavior, and teaching assistants.


Responsibilities include:

Respecting and observing children's interests. Intervening when needed to maintain safety. Enhancing children's play with language, toys, and activities. Maintaining an environment that responds to children's individual developmental levels, physical and emotional needs and current interests. Providing a variety of developmentally appropriate materials and activities that foster social skills and encourage children to think, solve problems, question and experiment. Learning and integrating Becky Bailey's Conscious Discipline approach into daily interactions. Learning and integrating Bev Bos and Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature approach into daily interactions. Engaging and communicating constructively with individual children during activities and routines. Taking every opportunity to positively extend children's thinking and actions. Being attentive, flexible and supportive of children and their families during transitions to and from classrooms. Responding to parents' comments and concerns with sensitivity, interest and respect. Maintaining confidentiality.


Supporting Frog Pond's mission, philosophies, values, goals and policies to parents, co-workers and community Demonstrating respectful treatment of all living beings, including domestic and wild animals. Performing other duties as assigned


Qualifications/Skills


Participate actively in teaching through communications and collaboration. Enjoy working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment Ability to comfortably juggle competing demands. Support organizational mission, philosophies, values, goals and policies to parents, co-workers, and community Attend meetings, training sessions and other School events


Experience/Education

Bachelors Degree in child development, early childhood education, special education, psychology or related area or 3+ years of child development work experience in a school, kindergarten, or licensed child care / family care.


Please note that applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered. Ideal candidate has vast experience with Pre-School aged children and proven classroom management experience with mixed ages.


We invite you to review our website at www.frogpondkids.org for more information about our nature-based programs and how we serve as a leader in a global movement to reconnect children and families with the natural world.


Health benefits available after 60 days of consecutive employment.

Benefits

Full Health Benefits available to Full-time Employees after 60 Days of Consecutive Employment, PTO earned monthly, vibrant work environment

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

http://www.frogpondkids.org

Submit an resume, cover letter and application (application available on our website), to our Executive Director, by emailing gail@frogpondkids.org. For immediate consideration, please include a brief narrative about how the natural world inspires you as an educator. Submission of a relevant cover letter and updated resume are required for consideration.


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