The Philadelphia School (TPS) is seeking a full-time Associate Teacher for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 academic year. We are a Preschool - 8 progressive, independent school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with an enrollment of 475 students. Since our founding in 1972, The Philadelphia School has grown in size, complexity, and diversity. This growth has been rooted firmly in the progressive values with which our founders began: immersive learning, responsive pedagogy, and meaningful engagement with the world. The Philadelphia School seeks educators with a deep interest in social justice and a commitment to personal and professional growth. We are looking for someone with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Experiences in environmental and outdoor education, Responsive Classroom, The Project Approach, art, drama, and gardening are all a plus.
Associate teachers play an important and collaborative role in the classroom. They work directly with students, classroom teachers, and specialists to plan and implement the curricula. Our early childhood center was designed specifically for our youngest students. It has light-filled classrooms, direct access to a large, nature-based play yard, raised garden beds, a kitchen, studio space, and an adjacent multipurpose building. There are two lead teachers and an associate teacher in each classroom. Our early childhood program is play and project based, so we are looking for flexible, creative educator who understands the developmental needs of 5 and 6 year olds. All of our teachers bring a rich range of interests and expertise to their work. We seek to hire someone who will bring their own set of complementary experiences and expertise to add depth and dimension to the teaching team.
Collaborate with other teachers, the learning resource team, and specialists to meet the need of diverse learners and to develop an engaging thematic curriculum.
Build respectful and and supportive relationships with students
Deliver progressive and intentional instruction
Develop strong home-school partnerships and communicate with families clearly, frequently, and with cultural sensitivity.
Participate in school wide initiatives
Engage in ongoing professional development and growth
An orientation to progressive philosophy and teaching methods
Two to Five years of formal training in early childhood or elementary education (BA required)
Strong understanding of child development, including the social, emotional, and intellectual domains
An understanding or strong desire to learn how to create a warm, nurturing, and supportive classroom for young children
Desire to develop knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum
Familiarity with or interest in some of our core resources and methodologies: Responsive Classroom, the Project Approach, Reading and Writing Workshop, Wilson Fundations, and Bridges to Mathematics)
Passion for instilling in children a lifelong love of learning
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest, resume and and statement of educational philosophy to email@example.com. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and/or who have experience in cultural competency work are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Philadelphia School welcomes and celebrates diversity in our student body and in our faculty, and is committed to providing an education for all of our children that instills in them a respect, understanding and appreciation for the many races, cultures, religions, family structures, and ethnicities, that make up our complex and diverse world.