At The Gillispie School we believe that young children are capable and natural learners, and our purpose as a school is to facilitate their social, academic, and creative development as they explore their world. We do so by:
- Embracing an emergent curriculum. Teachers spend much time observing, questioning, and listening to the children, and frame many activities around their combined interests and knowledge.
- Understanding that play is a critical part of learning in the life of a young child, and that it provides a wonderful medium by which children socialize and learn to take healthy risks. We aspire to have an accepting and loving environment that allows children to learn using their senses and whole bodies.
- Recognizing that success in school and life requires the acquisition of basic skills and knowledge. Rather than rote memorization and drill, we offer experiences that will develop flexible rather than fixed mindsets in finding solutions, and encourage children to work through challenges.
The Gillispie School’s next Early Childhood Director will demonstrate a long-term passion for constructivist early childhood education. S/he must exhibit excellent leadership skills paired with great warmth, kindness, and a sense of humor. Along with those fundamental criteria, strong candidates for the position will also demonstrate some or all of the following qualities and qualifications:
- An advanced degree in early childhood education and a deep understanding of the development of young children.
- Commitment to professional development and experience with constructivist pedagogy, faculty evaluation, and classroom support.
- Experience with designing and implementing outdoor classroom environments.
- Ability and eagerness to articulate the value of Gillispie to potential parents.
Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Performing all Early Childhood admissions assessments and sitting on Admissions Committee
- Teaming with teachers to manage student behavior issues and conduct constructive conversations with parents
- Recommending and liaising with area specialists
- Leading the Parent-Toddler Exploration Program
- Guiding the program and schedule to best suit the needs of the children
Our school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, or sexual orientation in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, hiring, and other school-administered programs.