Seeds of Wonder Journey School
Roswell, GA USA
Start Date: May 15, 2020
Make a Difference in the Lives of Children and Families While Having FUN as Part of a Collaborative Team!
DESCRIPTION, RESPONSIBILITIES, & DUTIES
Are you a reflective, experienced teacher who is interested in helping to shape a new progressive school for children ages 12 weeks through 6 years old? If so, Seeds of Wonder Journey School is looking for you! We are looking for teachers to start ASAP and also gathering resumes for summer and next school year – Please indicate in your cover letter when you are available to begin working.
Looking for caring, patient, creative, energetic infant, toddler & preschool teachers! 9-5:30 (7:15-3:45 available on a limited basis) Monday-Friday with 12 PTO days/year! This schedule may change as the needs of the school change. Our licensed ratio is 4:1 in our infant room with a maximum of 9 children, but we tend to maintain 3:1 and a max of 8, 5:1 in our toddler class with a maximum of 10 children, 6:1 in early preschool with a maximum of 12 children and 7:1 in our Mixed Age PreK with a maximum of 12.
If you are an educator with a passion for working with young children and their families AND you have the drive and dedication to join a team of professional, collaborative educators in crafting a brand new Reggio inspired school to serve Roswell and the Northern suburbs of Atlanta, then Seeds of Wonder Journey School invites you to submit your resume for consideration!
Seeds of Wonder opened in October of 2018 with 3 classrooms, and will grow to up to 8 classrooms over the next 3 years. Currently 33 students attend SOWJS. We are licensed for 47 children, with an ability to grow to 69 children. This is a unique opportunity to help shape the foundation of a new school…and to make a difference in the lives of the children and families with whom we will work.
Our Mission: Childhood is sacred time. At Seeds of Wonder Journey School, children learn about their world by engaging their natural curiosities and creativity, and are guided to become socially capable problem solvers in a progressive Jewish environment.
Families have the option of enrolling their child/ren either full time or part time. Seeds of Wonder is ideal for families who are looking for a loving, respectful, high quality environment where children learn and develop through inquiry and play. Our school philosophy is inspired by the schools for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy and is influenced by Constructivist Theory and Howard Gardener’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. We seek to create a diverse community by valuing and honoring children and families of all backgrounds.
3+ years working with young children in a group setting
Reggio Emilia / Project Based Learning
Must have a collaborative spirit and be willing to work in a start-up environment
Nurturing, outside-the-box thinkers and problem solvers encouraged to apply!
Ability to sit or stand for long period of time, bend and twist, pick up, carry or hold children up to 50 lbs.
Experience and working knowledge of infants and birth-2 child development
Loving nature, nurterer who enjoys being part of a team
Excellent references are a must
Must be comfortable with technology or willing to learn and try new skills
Please share if you have experience in: yoga, guitar/songleader, gardening, Hebrew language, Story-telling, Studio arts, etc.
Will consider the right candidate with an AA or CDA with 5+ years of experience
SALARY & BENEFITS
Salary Commensurate with Experience ($14-$20/hour)
12 Days Paid Time Off PLUS School Holidays off
Generous Professional Development Budget
Never-ending coffee & tea (We know…teachers run on caffeine!)
Join Our Team of Critical Colleagues to Help Grow Our Faculty from the Inside Out!
Please email resume and cover letter.
Please indicate when you are available to start working – we are currently interviewing!
We prioritize candidates who take the Relationships Assessment on indeed (see link below) and score proficient or higher!
Progressive ~ Child-Centered ~ Play Based ~ Emotionally Responsive
The care and learning that happen in the Early Childhood years set the tone for an individual’s growth as a lifelong learner and as a member of a larger community. This is true not only for our children, but also for their families and for teachers. Families are seeking a community within which they can form relationships and grow, and the preschool is perfectly suited to provide that community. Teachers want to know that they will be supported as they grow professionally.
Children are competent and capable and succeed when they are able to be co-constructors of their learning experience in an environment that speaks to their interests in an authentic way. Each child is uniquely created; our role as educators is to support each child’s development, learning and well-being. It is important that every teacher understands how to take time to listen to each child’s melody and that each teacher feels supported along his or her own professional journey to best serve the children and families with whom we work. We educate each child according to his/her own way. Our collective job is to nurture each child’s ability so that the child can grow and learn, and the school leadership does the same for the teachers and families.
Our teachers have a genuine respect for the children as individuals, and for the children’s families, as the children’s first teachers. They should be able to work well within a collaborative environment, within a community of critical colleagues who push each other and constantly strive for excellence together.
We believe in meeting all children and families and supporting them “where they are.” This strategy requires that teachers and administrators know the child well and have good communication with the child’s family. Our emotionally responsive school puts children at the center of all partnerships – teacher/child, parent/child, parent/teacher – each of these is a partnership, and each holds at its heart promise of expectations to fulfill.
In preschool, the continuum of developmentally appropriate expectations for our youngest students means that each child will be taught according to his or her unique learning style, and children are valued in their differences. This attitude supports the process of assisting each child in developing self-knowledge and insight about his/her own learning style, interests, and strengths. An essential component of our philosophy is the creation of a community of caring adults who value and understand children AND each child, and who, in turn, feels supported in their roles as parents or teachers.
Our founders are a team of skilled educators with a passion for childhood and with almost 70 years of Early Childhood Education experience between us, including teaching, administration, and supporting children with special rights. We deeply believe in supporting socially liberal causes, including feminism, reproductive rights, and black lives matter, in advocating for our youngest citizens and modeling for them how to find their voice in the world. We stand with the LGBTQ+ community, people of color and of all religious backgrounds, immigrants (both refugees and otherwise), and any otherwise disenfranchised communities and families. We welcome respectful, progressive, and helpful discussion around all subjects within the Seeds of Wonder community, with the intention of learning more about one another and our values, and always for the benefit of the children in our care.
Together, we are empowering exceptional education.