Position/Title:Pre-Primary Assistant Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten Class
Appointment:School Year 2021/2022
Reports To:Director of the Pre-Primary School
This is currently a part-time position (60% - five mornings) with the
possibility of additional hours depending upon student enrollment.
Laurel School seeks talented faculty who will put our students first and strive to make a difference in their lives. We seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who thrive on being engaged participants in our community. The most successful candidates see opportunities before problems, can laugh at themselves and succeed in a fast-paced, forward-thinking educational environment. We are particularly interested in attracting teachers who view themselves as entrepreneurial, flexible, curious and creative. A desire to support, encourage and take joy in the lives of young children is a must. Laurel lives the mission: to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. We continually challenge our community to dream, dare, and do.
The assistant teacher is responsible for helping the lead teacher in all aspects of running the classroom.S/he will assist and co-develop engaging, thoughtful and developmentally appropriate lessons with the lead teacher. S/he will provide a Pre-Primary setting that is nurturing, cognitively rich, positive, and cross-culturally sensitive. S/he will set a tone in which the intellectual, developmental, and affective needs of children are met in his/her classroom.
Duties and responsibilities include:
Guide children in exploration and discovery
Coach children to develop curiosity, persistence, creativity, problem-solving, confidence and resilience
Encourage children to make choices independently and to listen to their body signals
Work with children individually and in groups
Assist with assessing the learning of each child continually
Participate as a member of the entire Pre-Primary team and collaborate with colleagues school-wide
Attend divisional and all-school meetings and events as needed
Maintain clear communications with families to achieve common goals
Supervision of children during lunch and dismissal as assigned
Support divisional and school-wide initiatives
High comfort level educating and being with children in the outdoors
Other duties as assigned
The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree at a minimum, preferably in Early Childhood Education. Candidates with 3-5 years of experience are preferred. S/he must have a positive attitude, excellent written and verbal skill, solid organizational skills and demonstrate success in a work-setting requiring collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality. The candidate must possess or acquire and maintain a State of Ohio issued teaching certificate. Ability to lead one or more co-curricular activities, or to coach a sport, is desirable. The school welcomes the opportunity to continue to find ways to diversify our faculty.
Laurel offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.
Please see www.laurelschool.org for further information and a job application.
Laurel School is a dynamic, forward-thinking, K-12 girls’ school with a co-ed pre-primary division, where every child is well known. As a Facing History and Ourselves School, Laurel is fully committed to equity and inclusion; we actively seek a culturally diverse faculty and staff.
Laurel teachers are committed to:
The study of research on girls’ education and integration of this knowledge into classroom practice
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Anti-racist, multicultural education
The academic and social development of girls
Working with each girl to fulfill the school’s mission
The creation of a classroom community
The integration of community-based learning projects at the classroom level and as a part of the whole school community
Involving parents as partners in the educational process
Outdoor education and sustainability
Flexibility and openness to new ideas
Laurel enjoys an outstanding local and national reputation and is home to the Laurel Center for Research on Girls. In a highly competitive school landscape, Laurel is fortunate to be a school of choice in Cleveland. Our emphasis on the whole child and our legacy of excellence in the teaching of girls set us apart. Located in Shaker Heights, OH (15 minutes from downtown Cleveland) with an additional rural campus 17 minutes away, the school has an urban/rural advantage. The work environment is noted for being family-friendly and flexible. The feeling in the school is joyous, collaborative and innovative. Our curricular philosophy emphasizes community-based, interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Collaboration and reflective practice are key to pedagogy at Laurel. The school is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.
Laurel School is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all personnel and applicants for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; national origin; handicap or disability; sexual orientation; or status as a veteran, Vietnam era, or special disabled veteran.