The ideal candidate is an experienced early childhood teacher with educational vision, a natural ability to engage and support young learners, proven classroom management skills, strong interpersonal relations skills, excellent oral and written communication and computer skills, and a willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and families. Experience with integrating an outdoor classroom approach into the curriculum is a plus. Prior teaching experience in a NAEYC accredited program is valuable.
Duties include planning and implementing high-quality curriculum that is child-centered, developmentally appropriate, open-ended and process oriented. Teachers manage the outdoor and indoor (during inclement weather) classroom effectively with compassion, high energy, attention to detail, and problem-solving strategies. Teachers develop an engaging environment that encourages children’s independence and self-selection of activities and supports children’s ideas, initiatives, and creativity. Teachers develop individual prescriptive programming for each child based upon child observation and assessment. Regular communication with parents is by means of meetings, newsletters, phone calls, email, and individual parent conferences. Requirements for the job include a minimum of a degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related fields with a minimum of 12 credits completed in Early Childhood Education. Transcripts and diploma/s need to be made available upon hiring.
The Country Day School is a NAEYC accredited independent school which offers developmentally appropriate educational programs and summer camp for up to 275 young children from 2 through 6 years old. The campus, with two historic education buildings, is located on four wooded acres with nine playgrounds, a butterfly garden, nature trail, a nature room, art studio, and a library in McLean, VA.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Credentials will be reviewed as they are received. Email letter of interest, resume, salary requirements and names and contact information for three references to be contacted to Diane Dunne, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commitment to respecting the needs of each child
Ensuring the safety and well-being of each student by creating a safe and engaging outdoor classroom
Develop and maintain genuine, positive, and consistent verbal and electronic communication with colleagues and administrators
Observes all rules and regulation of Country Day School
Perform other duties as needed or assigned
Proficient computer skills: Microsoft Word, school database systems, and email communication
Navigate uneven terrain on the playgrounds
Must possess acceptable hearing and visual capabilities in order to monitor environment and children’s well-being
Must be able to sustain a high level of energy
Bend, stoop, kneel, and stand to perform various tasks numerous times throughout the day
Must be able to move from a seated position to a standing position promptly to respond to emergency situations