Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Rio Grande School was founded in 1978 as a Kindergarten - Grade 6 by a group of parents who sought an arts and experiential focus. The following year, the school acquired five acres in the foothills on the eastside of Santa Fe and built a modest two-story structure, known today as the Early Childhood Building. As the school approached the 21st century, families and a $6 million-phased capital campaign helped develop the current campus and evolving programming.
Today, the school educates an average capacity of 160 students from three years of age to sixth grade. The school has an endowment approaching $5.5 million, operates debt-free and is fully funded through tuition revenue and targeted fundraising. RGS provides tuition assistance to over 30% of the student body and 30% of its population represents ethnic diversity.
The Associate Educator for Kindergarten at Rio Grande School is a full-time, 10-month position beginning in August 2018. Compensation will be determined by years of teaching experience and highest degree earned. In addition to salary, the school offers all full-time employees a retirement plan with matching contributions, medical insurance, life insurance, and both short and long term disability insurance.
Under the direction of the Kindergarten Lead Educator, the Associate Educator will support classroom instruction and management in the following areas by:
Instructing students individually and in groups, using a variety of instructional strategies;
Adapting teaching methods and instructional materials to meet the varying needs and interests of students;
Implementing accommodations and modifications to classroom curriculum to meet student learning needs;
Collaborating with co-curricular educators to implement integrated curriculum;
Preparing materials and classrooms for class activities;
Using assertive language to guide student behavior and teach social and emotional skill sets appropriate for young children.
With the presence of the Lead Educator:
Meeting with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress;
Meeting with parents and guardians to discuss their children’s progress and to determine their priorities for their children and their resource needs.
Additional responsibilities include:
Substituting for the Lead Educator when necessary;
Attending professional meetings, educational conferences, school events, and educator training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence;
Attending all faculty meetings; and
Reading materials and research that is relevant to the field of early childhood education.
Other duties as assigned by the school administration.
The Lead Educator will:
Mentor, support, and guide the Associate Educator;
Provide an opportunity to set goals with the Associate Educator reflect on progress periodically throughout the year;
Provide opportunities in the classroom for the Associate Educator to bring his/her skill sets and interests into the learning environment;
Designate a planning time for the Associate Educator and him/herself.
The Associate Educator is a person who is invested in developmentally appropriate practices for the young child. A person who:
Takes a whole-child approach to teaching and learning;
Values families as partners;
Has effective communication skills;
Models calm and kind behavior in both tone and demeanor;
Enjoys learning and being in an environment that is alive and active.
Please send letter of interest and resume to Yoshi Gruber at Yoshi_gruber@riograndeschool.org.
Qualified individuals should have:
A minimum of two years kindergarten and/or early childhood experience, and are preferred to have attained a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education but will consider AA/AAS in Early Childhood education.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Rio Grande School
Rio Grande School serves students from three years old to sixth grade, with class sizes ranging from 15-20 students, and a total school population of 160. Founded in 1978, the school is located on five acres in the northeast section of town. Our neighbors include St. John’s College, Santa Fe Prep, and Museum Hill. The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.