The Latin School of Chicago is seeking an experienced full-time Lower School Early Childhood Lead Teacher to join our team for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The Latin School of Chicago provides its students with a rigorous and innovative educational program in a community that embraces diversity of people, cultures and ideas. Latin inspires its students to pursue their passions and lead lives of purpose and excellence. This is an exciting opportunity for an accomplished educator who enjoys teaching and supporting students in an outstanding academic environment.
Our Lower School Early Childhood Lead Teacher is responsible for teaching core curriculum; literacy, mathematics, science, art and social studies in a self contained classroom. This position works in collaboration with other members of the lower school team. A Bachelor’s degree in education and 3-5 years teaching experience is required. A Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field is preferred. Strong candidates will be well-versed in educational technology and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusivity, collaboration, and professionalism.
Strong knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for 4-6 year olds
Experience implementing Responsive Classroom approach to teaching
Strong technology skills and the ability to fully embed technology into the instructional program
Experience designing curriculum
Positive, resourceful, and confident
Diplomatic, collaborative, and proactive
Flexible and eager to work with others
Creative problem poser and solver
Strong interpersonal skills
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and implement unit plans and implement age appropriate curriculum to nurture and stimulate all domains of children’s development in their care
Provide a developmentally appropriate classroom environment that reflects the children's learning and growth
Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for the children’s background by incorporating the cultural, linguistic and familial values and beliefs into daily instruction
Arrange indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety
Ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students
Assess student progress towards learning targets, objectives, expectations, and/or goals for the purpose of providing feedback to students, parents, and administration
Establish and maintain appropriate relationships with students, parents, staff, and community members by communicating in a tactful, courteous, and confidential manner
Meet the needs of the whole child and support the social/emotional growth of all students
Manage student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment
Maintain a safe, organized classroom, which supports students’ independent learning, collaboration and choice
Assesses and reports using checklists, comments and narratives throughout the year that effectively and accurately communicate the child’s progress.
Attend and participate in all aspect of lower school life (grade level meetings, vertical team meetings, assemblies, parent communication, divisional and cross-divisional meetings)
Direct assistant teachers for the purpose of providing an effective classroom program and addressing the needs of individual students
Actively participate in on-going embedded professional development and professional learning communities
Interested candidates should apply via the application link found on Latin’s website. Candidates should complete the application and submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a philosophy of education statement. Latin School embraces diversity of people, cultures, and ideas and is an equal opportunity employer.
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Since 1888, Latin has been committed to academic excellence in an environment that creates a life-long love of learning and supports students as they pursue their passions. Our school is home to students from throughout the city and suburbs and we value the variety of experiences that they bring to our learning environment. “Of Chicago” is more than a part of our school’s name – those words help to define the school itself.