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The University of Michigan Towsley Children's House has an opening for the position of Forest Program Preschool Teacher
We are looking for someone to facilitate children's wonder and learning in Nichols Arboretum 4-5 mornings a week in all weather, year round through observation and reflection. After spending the morning in the Arb, the class walks back to our center to have lunch followed by rest time. They continue their exploration and play outside on site at our center until the end of the day. Our forest preschool classroom spends most of their day outside so children can develop a personal relationship with nature. Through this relationship, children learn about the natural world and become stewards of nature.
Towsley Children's House is one of three early childhood programs on the U-M Ann Arbor campus providing care for children from 3 months to 5 years of age. Our centers provide care for close to 500 children of faculty, staff and students from all over the world. The centers employ over 120 staff members, as well as undergraduate student assistants. The play-based, project approach curriculum at Towsley is designed by teams of professional teachers in a manner that is ever-evolving and adapting to meet the needs and interests of the children. Each classroom's teaching team includes two teachers; an associate teacher along with U-M practicum students. We maintain low teacher to child ratios so relationships can flourish. Additional information about the U-M Children's Centers can be found at www.childcare.umich.edu
We are looking for professional teachers who are excited about the prospect of working with children, families and coworkers from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We seek teachers who are eager to learn and grow in their profession, and who can contribute their creativity and experiences in a collaborative manner. Multiple professional development opportunities are provided annually.
The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous time off; a retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions and comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance. Please visit the U-M Benefits web site at www.hr.umich.edu for additional information about benefits.
University Human Resources wants to employ a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
Plan and facilitate immersive outdoor preschool class. This includes maintaining a safe, loving enviornment with safety routines that protect yet empower children.
Nurture individual needs of childen while managing whole group experiences and unstructured play.
Utilize technology to effectively document and reflect on the experiences of chldren for the purpose of assessment, planning and family engagement.
Discuss children's experiences with parents, staff and participating educators and researchers.
Evaluate, document and assess the development and progress of children, including developing plans to accommodate the needs of individual children.
Participate in team meetings and ongoing study and professional development.
Support the administrative, educational and operational activities of the Centers.
Minimum of one year experience working with preschool aged children in a formal early childhood setting is necessary.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is necessary.
Ability to implement nature centered, project approach investigations in the classroom and in forest spaces around campus.
Ability to move, hold and position oneself when interacting with children and objects up to 40 lbs.
Ability to occasionally access/use equipment in classroom facilities. Must be able to interact and move around with children in such a way as to fully participate in classroom and outdoor activities.
Ability to supervise and interact with children outdoors for extended periods of varied weather conditions.
Bachelor's degree in early childhood education, child development or education is preferred.
Previous experience in nature based preschool setting.
Previous experience in an early childhood laboratory setting is preferred.
Proficiency in the area of adapting the environment and activities to meet the needs of all children.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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