Who we are:
Columbia Kids Preschool cooperative is a play-based learning community that is dedicated to educating the whole person. Early academic concepts are gently woven into the environment through art, song, and imagination. We believe children learn by doing and classes encourage creative learning. We offer a hands-on environment with opportunities for fine and gross motor play, imaginative play, and activities which encourage pre-reading, writing, and mathematics development.
At Columbia Kids Preschool, children and parents work and learn together. Parents are actively involved in the classroom as helpers and play a vital role in every aspect of the school community. Additionally, at least one adult member of each family participates in a parent education course, which meets one evening per month. We believe that the parent’s participation in both the preschool classroom as well as the parent education course broadens their understanding of their child’s development and will increases their skills in child guidance while deepening their relationship with their child.
Columbia Kids Preschool is looking for a caring, creative, and enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about cooperative education to lead our mixed-age preschool class. As a cooperative school, our teachers’ role is dual as they provide an environment for children to grow emotionally, intellectually, socially, and physically while also providing the parents with direction and serving as a model for working with young children. The ideal candidate has a strong foundation in the theory and application of play-based, progressive education in an early childhood setting. The parent education course can be taught by the Preschool Teacher or another qualified candidate.
- Create a nurturing environment, designed to encourage child-led inquiry and play for children aged 3-5 years old, lead age-appropriate “circle time” activities, set up stations and activities.
- Plan and implement compelling process-based activities, informed by the interests of the children.
- Model guidance techniques for parents and encourage their participation as assistant teachers. Guide parent teachers in facilitating a positive, respectful environment in which each child can thrive.
- Cultivate and maintain a safe and inclusive classroom culture that values different perspectives.
- Participated in Community Outreach events for the school.
- Degree in Early Childhood Education, related fields or equivalent combination of education and experience teaching preschool age children.
- Experience in a co-op setting preferred.
- Ability to develop age-appropriate curriculum and activities for children through play-based learning.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills with both children and adults.
- Ability and comfort to move frequently between different physical classroom stations (play kitchen, play areas, circle time, etc.) and positioning self to interact with children in these areas.
- Curiosity and care for the wisdom of young children.
- Ability to support different stages of development and learning styles within one classroom.
- Desire and ability to embrace continuing education.
- First Aid and CPR certifications, or ability to obtain prior to start date.
Hours and Compensation:
Compensation is hourly and will be based on qualifications and experience. The number of hours per week will be determined by the number of enrolled students- between 10-20 hours per week including prep time.
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