Transitional Kindergarten General Studies Lead Teacher

Gideon Hasuner Jewish Day School | Palo Alto, CA, United States

Posted Date 5/13/2022

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Palo Alto, California

Transitional Kindergarten General Studies Lead Teacher Position

2022-23 School Year


Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School seeks a dynamic, committed, creative individual to serve as a Lead Teacher in our transitional kindergarten (TK) general studies program. The successful candidate will teach all general studies content areas (language arts, math, science, social studies) along with developmentally appropriate social skills in a transitional kindergarten classroom. This educator will work closely with the other members of the grade level team, including an assistant teacher, to create and implement high quality, engaging, project-based, multi-disciplinary instructional units.


Professional Qualities/Skills

  • Committed to a student-centered approach to teaching.
  • Able to differentiate instruction to address the needs of all students.
  • Collaborative with colleagues, students and parents.
  • Willing to take risks and seize leadership opportunities as they arise.
  • Current with research on best practices.
  • Interested in professional growth and committed to continuous learning.
  • Committed to improving the school as a whole and willing to share best practices with others.
  • Able to be self-reflective and learn from feedback received from colleagues, administrators, and students.
  • Knowledgeable about Maker Education with its curricular integration and committed to learning and teaching new skills.
  • Willing to be actively involved in community building events.



  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate, project-based, multi-disciplinary instructional units aligned with kindergarten readiness.
  • Collaborate with grade level colleagues to plan, integrate, and enhance instruction in all curricular areas.
  • Assist admissions team in organizing recruitment activities, such as Open Houses, Sunday and/or After School Playdates.
  • Assist in onboarding new families to Hausner.
  • Work closely with the Hausner kindergarten team to ensure a smooth transition to kindergarten.
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners.


  • Network with local preschools to promote Hausner’s TK program.
  • Attend and actively participate in all faculty meetings.
  • Initiate and maintain regular, clear, and respectful communication with parents, including email and phone conversations, and in-person meetings as needed.
  • Participate in special school events including, but not limited to, Open House, Back to School Night, special student performances. Attendance at other community/school events is encouraged.
  • Be willing and able to teach both in person and through a virtual medium such as Zoom.
  • Plan and set up an environment that is inviting, warm, and based on observation of children’s interests and needs, both for the indoors and the outdoors.
  • Integrate with the K-8 school philosophy, mission and vision.

Required Experience/Education:

  • Four-year degree from a college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education or related field.
  • A valid teaching credential and 3-5 years previous teaching experience.



  • Competitive salary.
  • Benefits including: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403b Retirement Plan, Long- and Short-term Disability, Voluntary Life/Accident Insurance, Work-Life Balance Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Pre-tax payroll deduction also available for Commuter Checks and Flexible Spending Account.


About Us:

  • Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is an independent community school with an engaged and motivated student body that participates fully in both Jewish and secular activities. We maintain outstanding academics and a strong sense of community while instilling Jewish values and traditions. We teach the whole child, focusing on social and emotional growth, academic and critical-thinking skills, as well as a wide array of enrichment activities. Our philosophy strongly encourages inclusivity and diversity; ethics and values are infused throughout the TK-8 curriculum.
  • Hausner is dedicated to professional development. Teachers are encouraged to collaborate with their peers at Hausner, as well as at other schools. Faculty have leadership opportunities within the school and participate in professional and curriculum development opportunities throughout the year, both nationally and abroad. Our benefits and friendly community inspire excellent teacher retention. 
  • Four-acre Palo Alto campus features a first-rate library, Beit Tefilah, two computer labs, a design lab and design studio, an art room, a music room, a state-of-the-art gym and expansive outdoor playing fields.


Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to an inclusive, welcoming community, where all are accepted and are treated with respect.


Hausner does not unlawfully discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, veteran status, national, or ethnic origin, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to [email protected]


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