Breakwater School seeks an experienced, creative and collaborative toddler teacher to join its dedicated Early Childhood team.
Breakwater School is a non-profit, independent, co-educational day school serving 150 students from the age of eighteen months through eighth grade. Our school philosophy balances the best of the progressive movement with current research, innovation and proven traditional practices in a curriculum highly integrated among all subjects. Breakwater’s programs are housed in three separate buildings surrounded by large fields for outdoor play and supplemented by a 21 acre nature preserve. Breakwater School hires kind, personable, creative and well organized faculty and staff who have a passion for learning and recognize and honor the inherent abilities of each child.
PositionObjective: To teach children ages 18 months – 3 years in accordance with Breakwater's mission, core beliefs, and early childhood vision
The right candidate will be:
Accountable for the short and long-term success of the Toddler program regarding curriculum, learning environment, and relationships with children, parents, staff
A spokesperson within and outside of Breakwater who embodies and articulates the Toddler program's goals, curriculum, and benefits to children, to the school, and to the Portland area community.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Teaches toddlers in a play-based program inspired by Reggio Emilia and Montessori philosophies, with a strong emphasis on the arts, nature-related play, exploration and gardening
Creates a safe and healthy classroom environment in compliance with DHHS licensing regulations and school policies and protocols
With co-teacher, plans and maintains daily schedule and routine
Works with the Early Childhood Division Director and early childhood faculty to ensure optimum learning for each student and to cultivate a kind, welcoming, and vital classroom community
Works with the Division Director and early childhood faculty to vision, execute, evaluate and revise curriculum and corresponding student assessment tools for a play-based, collaborative, and emergent Toddler program based on Breakwater's principles and Early Childhood vision
Works with the Division Director and early childhood faculty to articulate the Toddler program within the Early Childhood Division and on the continuum of grades at Breakwater in support of the whole school community
Demonstrates skilled and timely oral and written communication with parents, children, co-workers and supervisor
Articulates a personal working early childhood education philosophy in alignment with Breakwater mission, principles and Early Childhood vision
Demonstrates ability to learn and teach in response to individual children's needs and developmentally appropriate best practices
Participates in coordinating, supporting, and leading Early Childhood professional development opportunities that support the mission of Breakwater and the families we serve
Acts as an ambassador within and outside of school by demonstrating commitment to Breakwater's instructional and financial viability in support of retention, admissions and family engagement
Works with the Division Director, Head of School and faculty to communicate, support and model Breakwater's mission, core beliefs, principles and the Breakwater Way
Able to lift 40 pounds, haul or drag up to 25 pounds, sit, stand, squat, and otherwise get down on the level of children
Establishes work patterns and relationships within Breakwater that are sustainable, productive, mutually respectful and supportive, in service to children and families.
Toddler teaching experience required
Experience in Reggio Emilia inspired, Montessori, and/or nature-related program preferred
Experience with one or more of the following desired: school gardens, early childhood art, music, movement, nature studies, science
CPR and First Aid preferred; not required at time of hire
Skills, Abilities and Qualities
Playful, creative, loving, fair, inclusive
Joyful, energetic, and enthusiastic regarding children, families, community and teaching
Passionate about teaching toddlers and knowledgeable about their developmental stages
Accomplished early childhood teacher-researcher fluent in applying current best practices, particularly through the lens of Reggio, Montessori, and/or nature programs for toddlers
Practiced observer of children with skill in varied methods of documentation
Demonstrate trust in and respect for children's innate abilities
Organized and attentive to detail and planning, prompt, meets deadlines, follows through
Demonstrated classroom leadership ability, skilled in positive guidance
Demonstrates life-long learning, including continued research and implementation of best practices in early childhood education related to Reggio Emilia, Montessori, earth education and multi-age early childhood education
Skilled in facilitation and conflict resolution
Skilled listener, effective and caring communicator
Collaborative, generous and positive co-worker and team member
Great stamina, sense of humor, and flexibility
Supervision and Support: This position reports to the Early Childhood Division Director; training and support provided as needed to meet the needs of the program and children
Pay: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits, including health insurance
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references electronically. No phone calls please.
Breakwater is an equal opportunity employer (EOE), and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
About Breakwater School
Breakwater School is an independent, co-educational day school serving up to 180 students from toddler through 8th grade. Philosophically, Breakwater balances the best of the progressive movement, current research and innovation, with proven traditional practices. Breakwater’s programs are housed in three separate buildings, surrounded by large fields for outdoor play, and supplemented by a 21 acre nature preserve. The school is located in Portland, Maine’s largest city, near many excellent institutions of higher learning. Portland offers a superb quality of life with easy access to Maine’s scenic and recreational wonders, and many cultural, educational, and economic amenities.