Preschool Lead Teacher for Infant-Toddler Class @ Society Hill Synagogue Playschool

Preschool Lead Teacher for Infant-Toddler Class

Society Hill Synagogue Playschool is a warm and welcoming, inclusive school that embraces diversity in religion, ethnicity, race, and family structure. We currently serve children ages 2-5 and are excited to expand our program for children as young as 18 months old and to grow our enrollment across ages, as we move into our new learning center and add additional classes.

Our philosophy is child-centered and play-based. We believe that children learn through play in a safe and nurturing environment. We respect children as individuals and respond to their needs with compassion and dedication. Our curriculum integrates age-appropriate math, literacy, and science with free play and socialization activities indoors and outside in our large courtyard and at local parks, thematic projects, art, circle time and singing, and a celebration of Jewish values, holidays, and customs.

Society Hill Synagogue Playschool is seeking a dynamic, warm, and experienced preschool teacher to join our team in the infant-toddler class. The Lead Teacher will participate in all aspects of the Playschool program and work closely with assistant teachers to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and to support the academic and social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care.

This is a full-time position starting June 1, 2021. The compensation package is commensurate with experience and includes health insurance, paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid sick leave.

• Ensures and maintains a healthy, safe, clean, and developmentally appropriate environment for children.
• Models and supports consistent expectations for behavior and procedures for conflict resolution.
• Attends to children’s physical needs, including feeding, dressing, diapering/toileting, and health and wellness as needed.
• Supervises and trains assistant teachers and updates them on all matters concerning the classroom and curriculum.
• Develops weekly lesson plans with assistant teachers’ input to nurture and stimulate all domains of children’s development.
• Uses creative approaches that engage children, appeal to multiple intelligences, and acknowledge individual learning differences.
• Communicates and collaborates regularly with parents, in person and using a variety of media.
• Leads parent-teacher conferences, writes conference reports, and compiles examples of children’s work.
• Participates in staff meetings and professional development opportunities offered by Playschool.

• B.A. required, preferably in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.
• A minimum of three years of teaching experience in a preschool or other work with children as young as 18 months old.
• A passion for early childhood education and commitment to progressive educational philosophy.
• A collaborative work style and strong communication skills.
• Familiarity with Jewish values, holidays, and customs is preferred but not required.

After three months of remote learning, Society Hill Synagogue Playschool resumed in-person learning on July 13, 2020, and has operated since then without interruption. In consultation with our staff and COVID-19 Risk Mitigation and Safety Committee, we implemented an updated, comprehensive health and safety policy. We have invested significantly in air purification and ventilation systems, PPE, contactless thermometers, contactless hand sanitizer dispensers, and tents and other equipment for even more outdoor activities. Sanitization, always a high priority at the school, was adapted for COVID-19 prevention. Everyone is required to wear masks, including all children age 2 or older, and a daily health screening is conducted in person prior to entry into the school.

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume as PDFs to Lilli Klotz Foster, Assistant Director of Education for Playschool, at [email protected] Interested candidates are encouraged to visit
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Job Summary

Job Location
Society Hill Synagogue Playschool
418 Spruce Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19106


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