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[2021-22] Founding Teacher, Pre-K

Harlem Village Academies
Date Posted: 04/16/2021
Salary / Wage: Competitive with benefits
Location: New York, New York
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Description:

The Founding Teacher will be responsible for facilitating Pre-K students’ emotional and intellectual development within a nurturing classroom environment. They will be intimately familiar with the Montessori approach, and demonstrate the ability to leverage a progressive philosophy in relationships with students and families. Alongside a team of dedicated educators and leaders, the ideal candidate will work tirelessly to build a collaborative, respectful school community that values student empowerment.

Responsibilities:

  • Create lesson plans and curricula centered around students’ developing social, intellectual, and emotional skills
  • Promote student independence, intellectual curiosity and intrinsic motivation
  • Establish and uphold classroom routines to ensure a focused, safe and caring environment
  • Monitor and assess progress to identify individual student needs
  • Collaborate with colleagues to share best practices and ensure student mastery of standards
  • Maintain close relationships with families, including phone calls and conferences

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
  • CLASS certification
  • Two years of teaching experience in Pre-K is preferred
  • Experience teaching in a Montessori school, preferably in an urban setting
  • Patience and excellent observational, communication, and diagnostic skills.
  • A strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement
  • Unshakeable conviction that all students can learn at a high level

Application Instructions:

First, learn about us! Review our website and consider whether Harlem Village Academies is the place for you. If your skills and experience are a match for this role, please submit your application using this LINK

Additional Information:

Organizational Culture

Our team is passionately committed to the vision and values of Harlem Village Academies; have a positive mindset; a very strong work ethic; and an inner drive for excellence. The ideal candidate will thrive working within an entrepreneurial and results-driven environment.

Harlem Village Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity among our staff. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


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