Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
General Position Description
The Kindergarten Teacher creates and administers a classroom program that is conducive to student learning and which emphasizes mutual respect for all people. The Kindergarten Teacher is flexible and committed to a continuous process for professional growth. The Kindergarten Teacher is a collegial member of the Early Childhood teaching team and of the FFS faculty and staff.
The Kindergarten Teacher uses a variety of classroom techniques for learning and implements interdisciplinary, hands-on, project-based work, field trips, outdoor experiences, and collaborative work with other teachers and classrooms into the program. Major responsibilities include developing and implementing creative and innovative curriculum including learning centers, project-based learning initiatives, and the Lucy Calkins workshop model, working cooperatively with the Early Childhood team, and participating in/directing various Early Childhood activities. These activities include lunch and recess, planning and attending field trips, participating in admissions-related events, writing reports, and other related activities that contribute to the School community. All teachers are members of at least one school committee and engage in at least one other activity/job that benefits the school community, as determined by the Head of School, such as leading a team, organizing all-school events, or overseeing activities.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Plan and implement a creative, engaging and stimulating classroom program that entails a high level of collaboration amongst students, includes interdisciplinary, project-based work, incorporates a variety of classroom techniques for learning, and utilizes educational technologies appropriately.
- Promote high expectations, demonstrate a caring attitude, and establish an environment that supports social, emotional, and academic development in students.
- Frequently communicate with parents and caregivers about their child’s progress (phone, email, conferences, newsletters, report cards). Be available for individual meetings when needed.
- Evaluate the progress of each student through formal and informal assessment.
- Use positive and productive techniques for improving student behavior.
- Integrate the Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, integrity, community and
stewardship into the curriculum and when interacting with community members.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required
The successful candidate is a collegial and dedicated teacher who is well versed in their subject area, able to form excellent relationships with young children and has:
- a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in related age groups and subjects;
- excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
- The interest in and capability to work, plan, and implement project-based learning
- the ability to establish cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff,
students, and parents;
- strong organizational skills;
- Enthusiasm and passion for the school’s mission, culture and values;
- An understanding and commitment to living the Quaker testimonies of peace,
simplicity, integrity, community and stewardship;
- Flexibility and a commitment to a continuous process for professional growth - teaching, use of educational technologies, cultural competency, and inclusivity.
BA or BS in Education, or a related field. An Early Childhood specific certification or advanced degree is preferred.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
- Be able to work both standing up and sitting down for the length of the school day
- Be able to walk up and down at least two flights of stairs, supervise children on the
playground, and walk between school buildings
- Be able to work in a wide variety of school environments, including the buildings,
gardens, playgrounds, other areas of the campus, on field trips, etc. in all seasons
- Be able to pick up children and objects up to 35 lbs.
- Be able to pass all criminal record checks, background checks, and child abuse
Full time, exempt employee, with benefits to include: paid parental leave, tuition remission and free after care for children who attend FFS, health care, professional development, 5% match on retirement contributions, 10 days PTO
FFS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or gender. In addition to federal law requirements, FFS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.
Frankford Friends School requires COVID 19 Vaccination Verification as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to email@example.com. Please include Kindergarten Teacher in the subject line.