The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle (JDS), a Pre-School through 8th Grade independent school, is accepting applications for a full-time Pre-School Lead Teacher. The JDS mission is to provide an exceptional education that empowers children to be confident, wise, and compassionate upstanders who are committed to life-long learning and community engagement. Faculty at JDS focus on developing the "whole child," nurturing individual identity, imagination, and an inquiry mindset through a values-based approach and strong social-emotional foundation.
The JDS Pre-School embraces a philosophy of inquiry and play-based learning. Developing emotionally responsive relationships with children, families, and colleagues, and creating an engaging, dynamic classroom environment, the Pre-School Teacher inspires social-emotional growth, joy in learning, Jewish identity, and builds a foundation for academic readiness. Children are empowered to become caring friends, collaborators, problem solvers, and critical thinkers.
The successful candidate has previous pre-school teaching experience, possess a strong knowledge of child development and current best practices in early childhood education, an innovative mindset, ability to use flexible strategies appropriate for a variety of learners, and superb classroom management skills. The ideal candidate is self-reflective and values ongoing professional growth in a highly collaborative working environment.
All candidates must demonstrate respect for the school’s mission, values and philosophy and have an independent school perspective. This position is full-time with benefits and a competitive salary based on experience and training, and begins in AJanuary 2022.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Create and maintain a safe, engaging classroom environment that provides opportunities for individual, small, and full group learning activities, both indoors and outdoors (based on Covid-19 health and safety needs)
• Collaborate with the Pre-School Team on curriculum design
• Design and facilitate developmentally aligned learning opportunities through inquiry, exploration, and hands-on experiences, that integrates early literacy, math, science, social studies, Judaism, and the arts
• Plan activities and routines to promote children’s development in the areas of language and communication, listening, social relationships, cognitive, executive function, fine and gross motor skills
• Incorporate routines and practices to engage children in creating a kind, caring classroom community grounded in Jewish values, with respect for the uniqueness of each child
• Plan and facilitate virtual learning activities when occasionally required
• Conduct ongoing observations to assess and document student learning and developmental growth, with the Developmental Standards Gold framework
• Develop positive, collaborative, partnerships with families and maintain ongoing communication in a variety of ways
• Communicate information to families about children’s progress and growth during conferences and through written reports
• Provide respectful guidance and direction to Assistant Teachers
• Participate in school life including admission, development, and community events
• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education
• 2 or more years as a Lead Pre-School Teacher with children ages 3 to 5 in a school setting
• Expertise in relevant components of the role: early childhood social-emotional development, inquiry, and play-based learning, emergent curriculum, early literacy and STEM, and an ability to apply this to the teaching role
• Positive experience working as a collaborative team member
• Ability to teach Jewish values, holidays, and traditions
• Ability to engage young children using a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional approaches
• Superb oral and written communication skills
• Strong technology skills for communication, organization, instruction, unit and lesson planning, and documentation