Job Opportunity

Back to all Job Postings



River Oak Academy
Saint Johns, FL 32259

Start Date: August 24, 2020

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Our ideal candidate will love working with and simply love all children, have a dedication to young children, and to their families.
To meet them at their level and to follow their interests and dedicate their full attention to helping them learn organically through provocations and beautifully laid out environment and opportunities that would inspire joy in learning.
Experience in emergent curriculum, an appreciation and understanding of co-learning with children and the wonder of childhood.
Must be highly flexible, multi-task, pay attention to detail, have a good sense of humor, model polite behavior and a lot of patience.
We’re looking for a candidate who has a keen understanding of the competency of all children with a deep commitment to reflective practice.
One who is comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions, comfortable sitting on the ground, comfortable handling insects and other small creatures, and mentoring a nurturing, loving, and creative attitude dedicated to developmentally appropriate practice and aware of developmental needs of children.
Observant (capable of documenting each child’s creation or conversation).
Applicant must be comfortable with start ups as our school is brand new.
Act as a role model as an independent learner
Observe and track each child’s progress without assessments.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Humility of spirit, playful, respectful and patient
A deep curiosity about life and love of lifelong learning.
Innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.
Ability to build and maintain a strong culture of self-directed learning.
Experience working on a team.
Customer service and user-centered orientation with the ability to give and receive feedback, meet needs, and get a positive response.
Proven excellence in written and oral communication skills.
Evident passion for being on a Hero’s Journey.
Agile facilitating project-based / experiential / real-world learning.
Proficient quantitative reasoning skills to look at learner growth data to inform next steps.
Training or experience in Montessori helpful but not required.
Demonstrate experience building strong relationships with children ages 3-6.
This is a position for an independent learner who:
can work with little direct guidance;
likes to collaborate,
and continually improve;
has a deep respect for all children believing that each human has genius within;
and is a flexible problem-solver.
It is essential that this person can learn fast, loves to work hard, is an active reader,
and has a Zen-like, unwavering quality.

College degree required.

Background in child psychology, experience working in a Reggio/Montessori/Waldorf Inspired Program or with emergent or play-based curriculum preferred.

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience, raise based on performance.

• Opportunities for professional development.

• Most teaching schedules are Monday to Friday 8:30AM-2:30PM, 1 week session breaks to be use for planning etc.

• Possible bonus based on feedback from families, children and colleagues at end of the year.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $30,000.00 to $35,000.00 /year

Application Procedures

1-Cover letter to us stating why you would consider working at our school, what makes you a good fit and your journey that lead you to teaching and what you love about children.
3-References from past recent jobs

Program Description

River Oak Academy is a micro-school located in an inspiring natural environment in St. John’s County, Florida.
We believe in a holistic approach to education.
We believe that wonder and joy create that magical spark that creates a love of learning. We open our doors to children, parents and the community on September 8th, 2020.
We are committed to the well-being of the children, families, and the people who are employed at the school.
We perceive children to be infinitely capable, creative and intelligent. We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose, to live a satisfying and fulfilled life.
Our Teachers support the children in developing these qualities and challenge them in developmentally-appropriate ways.
The school’s motto summarizes our mission and image of each unique person throughout childhood: ” Be curious – with joy!”
We currently offers two studio spaces -a 5-day, full-time program (8:30 – 2:30) for children who are 4-6 years old and part-time (8:30 – 11:30) for 3-year-olds. The Viva Studio responds organically to children’s interests and explorations, supporting their growth as individuals and members of a group. We celebrate this opportunity to share in the young child’s jubilant journey toward independence, confidence, and self-discovery.
The Elementary Studio is a 5-day, full-time program for 7-12-year-olds. In this studio, teachers serve as guides who observe, reflect, and invite focused exploration and learning Learners are challenged to dig deep, solve problems, and make connections with others. The studio environment encourages independence, reflection, and responsibility as they Learn to Learn, Learn to Do, and Learn to Be. We celebrate this opportunity to share in the continuing Journey of our Explorers as they develop independence, confidence, and self-knowledge. Find a calling; change the world!
Our intention is to grow with the students, adding studios through middle school.
Ratios are planned at 10:1.

Contact Info

Mary Shaeffer
(904) 770-5559

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

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.