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Newtowne School
11 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Start Date: August 28, 2023

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Newtowne School, a Reggio Emilia-inspired, family cooperative preschool in Cambridge, Massachusetts, seeks an Atelierista to support child-centered, emergent curriculum with students aged 22 months to 5 years.

The Atelierista ensures that all Newtowne students have opportunities to use new art mediums, explore themes of interest, and develop skills to express knowledge and ideas through open-ended provocations and facilitated projects. This person oversees the Atelier and its budget, creating an organized and inspiring environment in which children may engage in small group project work. They make learning visible through documentation and provide regular teaching-team consultations to support curriculum planning, material selection and presentation, and documentation practice. As a member of the school’s leadership team, the Atelierista contributes to Newtowne’s strategic planning for cross-classroom and school-wide projects, as well as family- and community-partnerships, particularly those in local arts-based and/or university programs.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

The ideal candidates will have many of the following:

~ Massachusetts EEC Preschool or Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher certification (both preferred) or equivalent
~ Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) in early childhood, art education, fine arts, or related field
~ At least 5 years of early childhood teaching experience (experience in the Atelier/ teaching studio art preferred)
~ Strong understanding of and commitment to the Reggio Emilia philosophy
~ Proficiency in implementing inquiry-based curricula, with a focus on observation, reflection, and documentation
~ Proficiency in the arts (visual, performing, and/or musical) and demonstrated skills in design and aesthetics
~ Dedication to anti-bias and anti-racist curriculum and commitment to teaching for social justice
~ Experience supporting students with special rights
~ Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
~ Excellent communication skills
~ Interest and/or experience in teacher mentorship

Salary & Benefits

Newtowne School offers competitive starting salary that is commensurate with the Cambridge Public Schools. Benefits include health and dental contributions, paid sick days, a SIMPLE IRA plan with a 3% employer match upon employment, discretionary budgets for classrooms, opportunities for continued learning and professional development, a collegial and open-minded faculty, and connection to an engaged and loving community of families.

Application Procedures

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to our Hiring Chair, Hannah Shin, at An in-person demonstration lesson will be requested for all finalists and teachers must clear a full background check before beginning to work in classrooms.

Newtowne School is committed to building and sustaining a diverse early education workforce. Teachers from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Program Description

Serving roughly 60 students, the Newtowne School’s mission is to provide a warm, caring environment that seeks to guide young children as they become citizens of the world. We are committed to developing children’s self-confidence and love of learning as we help them learn to negotiate new relationships and appreciate diversity. Our Reggio-inspired community is deeply cooperative with families, teachers, and administrators working together to create a peaceful and supportive environment for the children, both in school and as part of the larger Cambridge community.

Contact Info

Hannah Shin (she/her)
Hiring Chair

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