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Pre-School Teacher Frog Pond Early Learning Center - Alexandria, VA

Employer
FROG POND EARLY LEARNING CENTER
Location
Alexandria City, Virginia, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Oct 20, 2022

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Other
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description
Mixed Ages: Ages 3 - 5 years

Hours: Must be available 8:00 am- 5:30 pm

Cover letter required*

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, 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 Team Coordinator, Teachers, and Teaching Assistants in providing overall management and supervision of mixed age groups. Ensure the teaching team provides a safe and nurturing environment for children, encouraging their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Support 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. Provide primary care in the classroom, model exemplary behavior, and support a teaching team approach.

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 the 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

Bachelor's 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 setting with coursework in a related area

Candidates with Food Services or Medical Administration Training are encouraged to apply.

Please note that applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered.

We invite you to review our website at www.frogpondkids.org for more information about our nature-based program.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $15.00 - $18.00 per hour
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