Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the school currently enrolls 935 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse, democratic society and global community.”
We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, and experienced Junior Kindergarten Teacher to join our expert and collaborative faculty. The Junior Kindergarten teacher works on a grade level team with two other teachers. Responsibilities include instruction in major curricular areas: social/emotional development, literacy, mathematics, science, arts. Children’s interests inform the curriculum. The teacher should embrace these interests and be prepared to address the wide range of children’s abilities as well as interests. Conferences, written narrative reports, and regular communication via newsletters, phone calls, e-mails or websites with parents are all required as are attendance at weekly faculty meetings, and involvement on committees within the School. Working with the Admission Department to review possible student candidates occurs annually. Communicating and working with outside specialists is often necessary.
To Apply: Please submit cover letter with resume and references by email or fax to (no telephone inquiries please):
Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources Francis W. Parker School 330 W. Webster Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 email@example.com
The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School's community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School's mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.
Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.
Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.
B.A. in Early Childhood Education, or K-8 Masters with early childhood classroom experience and knowledge base; M.A. in Early Childhood Education preferred
At least three (3) years of Lead Teacher teaching experience
Knowledge about and experience with the developmental, social, emotional and cognitive issues of children in the early childhood years, especially four and five year olds
Awareness of a variety of materials and resources that allow children to explore, manipulate and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play
Familiarity with the Reggio Emilia approach, including documentation to share and reflect on student learning
Social emotional skills that are professional and the use of sound judgment
Demonstrated record of developing one’s own cultural competency and incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion in practices and curriculum
Experience in collaboration and working with a team of colleagues, ability to create and modify curriculum with team members
Enthusiasm for professional development and continuing to grow knowledge about pedagogy and student development
Superior communication skills in both oral and written forms
Experience with supervising and mentoring assistant or student teachers
Adept at clear and tactful communication with families and the ability to communicate the emergent needs of four and five year olds
Participation in reflective supervision/evaluation
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package.