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Atelierista in Mixed Age Group 3-8 Year Old Teaching Team


Our Neighborhood Child Development Center
1015 East Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Start Date: January 5, 2022

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

We are looking for energetic, open-minded teachers to foster curiosity, exploration, and respect with young children. In 2020, Our Neighborhood expanded adding the Learning Studio, a P-2 classroom serving children preschool (age 3) through 2nd grade (age eight). Now, we are looking for more teachers to join in our growth. Learning Studio teachers engage with a mixed age group of children. We are looking for a new team member to take on the role of atelierista in our beautiful art studio, known as the atelier. The atelier is a space for sculpting, painting, drawing, and artistic explorations. The atelierista is responsible for supporting the artistic development of the children and teaches full time as a part of a co-teaching team each focused on different spaces and aspects of the Reggio inspired preschool curriculum.

One of Our Neighborhood’s values is authenticity. As such, we hope that our teachers will bring their full selves to work, with all their diverse perspectives to share. An Our Neighborhood team member should first love working with children. Teachers act from a belief that young children are competent individuals worthy of a loving engaging environment. Strong candidates have a disposition towards learning and reflection, collaboration skills, and the ability to be self directed.

As a teacher at Our Neighborhood, you will have an opportunity to engage in lifelong learning and contribute your gifts to a thriving school. We hope you will join us in positively impacting the lives of young children and families.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

– Must communicate respectfully with children, colleagues, and families.
– Ability to manage the physical demands of caring for active children, being outdoors in all weather, bending, and lifting.
– Must be vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a religious or medical exemption.

– Building deep authentic community relationships based in mutual respect.
– Creating a safe environment for children to take healthy risks.
– Fostering a Reggio-inspired curriculum based in a view of children as competent learners and thinkers.
– Using Our Neighborhood philosophies (ex: Nonviolent Communication, Conscious Discipline).
– Engaging with self management practices of Holacracy.

– Keeping composure to support children through challenges.
– Maintaining awareness, presence, and attunement in a fast-paced changing environment.
– Receiving and implementing feedback in a team of reflective teachers.
– Ability to be self-directed and self-reflective.

Salary & Benefits

Starting salaries are currently $31,200 annually. We have self set salaries, individuals are encouraged to join in the raise meeting twice a year. We provide medical and dental insurance and teacher bonuses. We have parental leave and generous paid time off policies. We encourage teachers to continue to learn and provide financial support for professional development.

Application Procedures

Email a cover letter and resume to

Program Description

Our Neighborhood is a relationship based early childhood program serving children ages zero to eight. We have children from infants to age three in our Infant Toddler Village and children from age three to 2nd grade (age eight) in the Learning Studio. We are a NAEYC accredited program inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia and hold strong our values conscious connection, value-based decision making, authenticity, mutual respect, and free choice. We are also inspired by the work of Magda Gerber (RIE or Resources for Infant Educarers) and Dr. Becky Bailey (Conscious Discipline). As early childhood educators we are dedicated to understanding and supporting young children’s developing brains.

We believe children deserve respect and support as they learn and grow on their own timetable. We believe that children learn best through play, through engaging with the world around them. Our mission is to create a world in which all children and adults are treated with respect, and viewed as whole, important, and competent.

At Our Neighborhood we have built a learning community for both children and adults. We are a resource for parents, aiming to be partners with families on their journey with children. We are always looking for reflective, engaged individuals who are passionate about working with children to support us as we start a ripple effect of respect and connection.

Contact Info

Jennifer Slack -

Your support will help us advance the quality of every child's one childhood.

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.