Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAPCDS is a highly collaborative environment where passionate teachers guide children on a path of joyful learning and discovery. Teachers here are thoughtful, curious, flexible, collaborative and self-motivated. In order to stay current on theories on teaching and learning, modern brain research and best practices, our educators are expected to participate actively in professional development opportunities. Teachers must also be comfortable building developmentally appropriate curriculum in response to children’s interests, documenting learning, and nurturing partnerships with parents and with each other.
Specific responsibilities include:
understanding and promoting the school’s mission, vision and guiding philosophy
contributing to a positive school culture through relationships with children, parents and staff
demonstrating a warm, passionate, strong respect for children at all times
ensuring that each child in our care feels seen, heard and understood
This sense of belonging is essential for all members of the community.
recognizing parents as genuine partners with the school, being willing to communicate regularly with parents, and collaborate, showing sensitivity and professionalism at all times
creating an aesthetically pleasing classroom environment rich in wonder, designed to instill a joy of learning and positive attitudes towards school in children
planning provocations and meaningful hands-on learning experiences which meet children’s demonstrated interests and guiding them towards intellectual, creative and spiritual growth
planning that balances social-emotional, cognitive and physical development every day, for every child
using open ended commercial and natural materials intended to stretch children’s thinking
creating a classroom community that values kindness, collaboration, creativity and social justice in developmentally appropriate ways
presenting philosophy, emerging curriculum and year overview to parents on Curriculum Night
thoughtfully planning and safely leading Central Park class outings
interacting with children during outdoor roof play
conducting thorough parent-teacher conferences
collaborating with teachers on and across teams
maintaining open dialogue with administrators regarding curriculum as well as individual children’s development
maintaining regular planning meetings with teaching team, Studio teacher and Educational Coordinator
being open to feedback from colleagues and administrators
maintaining a portfolio for each child, outlining developmental stages, group experiences and individual learning
actively creating documentation which makes children’s learning visible
observing and recording children’s behavior, conversations, questions for reflection and planning purposes
taking photos and video clips to document children’s learning
creating daily online journal posts for parents and maintain a dynamic online class page to encourage parent engagement
creating year-end documentation books to capture long term projects
holding an end of year class gathering for parents, highlighting the year’s work
maintaining attendance records, planning notes and accident reports according to DOH regulations
actively engaging in self-initiated professional development by keeping current on educational research and best practices in early childhood education and participating in professional development opportunities offered by the school
Strong interpersonal, public speaking and writing skills as well as computer proficiency are required.
Teachers must be able to embrace change, be flexible and adaptive, be organized proactive and punctual.
Teachers write detailed, highly individualized school reports for children applying to ongoing schools, in collaboration with the Director of Exmissions as needed. This is most common for four and five year old children, and occasionally needed for younger children.
Attendance at occasional evening events is expected as well, as outlined in the employment contract.
Most teachers lead at least one Extended Day class per week, assigned at the discretion of the Director.
Teachers conduct home visits for each family in their class in September. These visits are scheduled by the Administrative Assistant.
The opportunity to teach in our June Days summer program is available for both Lead and Assistant/Associate teachers, according to staffing needs.
In addition to the general teaching responsibilities, Lead teachers mentor Assistant / Associate Teachers. This work includes communicating school values, norms and the Reggio-inspired approach, modeling leadership qualities, supporting professional growth by sharing classroom responsibilities and providing honest feedback on all aspects of classroom life, including separation practices, classroom management, curriculum development, documentation, school report writing and parent interactions. Lead teachers model best practices and collaboration and thoughtfully cultivate healthy team dynamics.
Assistant / Associate teachers fully participate in the life of the classroom, sharing the daily classroom roles and responsibilities of the Lead teacher.
About The Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Day School
The Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Day School is a non-denominational, independent preschool on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Established in 1949, the School has a long history of providing high-quality early childhood education for children 6 months through 5 years old in a warm and welcoming environment.
MAPCDS seeks to advance the diversity of our community through both hiring and admissions and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion or sexual orientation. We offer a robust benefit package including competitive salary, group health insurance, life insurance, commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, daily lunch and ample vacation time.