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Early Childhood Learning Center Director – Tampa, Florida

Location:

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & Day School
501 South Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, Florida 33609
(813) 877-3105

Start Date: October 17, 2021

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Position Announcement – Early Childhood Learning Center Director

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Day School is seeking a warm, nurturing, organized, creative, and experienced early childhood education leader to direct their Reggio Emilia Day School located in Tampa, Florida. The school enrolls over 80 children, ages 20 months – 5 years, and operates part- and full-day programs throughout the calendar year. The Director position reports to the Church Pastor and Director of Operations and leads a collaborative team including a part-time Assistant Director, 6 Teachers, and 3 Teacher Aides. The program focuses on providing children with meaningful learning experiences through emergent curriculum and extensive enrichment opportunities, with a strong family-centered approach. This full-time, full year position begins as soon as possible.

Core Position Responsibilities

• Oversee the implementation of a Reggio Emilia educational philosophy for the school
• Provide leadership, supervision, recruitment and retention of teachers and teacher aides
• Oversee all aspects of GSDS including daily operations and administration
• Administer and monitor all budget and enrollment operations
• Maintain excellent parent relationships and communication
• Lead the program into the future with vision and energy

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Interested candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, education, or a closely related field with a master’s degree preferred. Prior experience in an administrative position working with children is preferred. At least three years of experience working in a preschool setting is required. A familiarity with the Reggio Emilia educational approach is essential. Strong administrative, management, and supervisory skills are necessary, along with excellent interpersonal and communication skills with teachers, parents, and children.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is negotiable based on education and experience.

About the school

Good Shepherd Day School is a premier early childhood center located in Tampa, Florida. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early learning, our school combines the arts, nature, Christian values and academic excellence to create a culture of learning and exploration.

Good Shepherd Day School’s mission is to serve God and our community by teaching and practicing the values that are important for being a successful, spiritual and intellectual member of our 21st century society.

At Good Shepherd Day School, we blend various research-based approaches to early childhood education, including the much-celebrated Reggio Emilia approach, the Piagetian-based High Scope curriculum, the writings of Lev Vygotsky, the intuitive genius of Maria Montessori, and the child-sensitive RIE philosophy (Resources for Infant Educators). What links all these approaches is the underlying theory of respect and trust in the potential of the child.

Our study of the Reggio Emilia approach drives what we call “our image of the child”. We see the child as a competent learner, already arriving with their own ideas about the world. We see that the child has “a hundred languages” to express those ideas through the use of a variety of materials and media. We see the child as someone who wants to establish relationships with other children, teachers, the materials and the environment. We see the child as powerful, capable of understanding deep and meaningful learning. When we see the child in this way, we develop a culture of responding to each child in a way that is unique to their individual temperament and talents.

Application Procedures

Please send current resume and cover letter to office@goodshepherdtampa.org no later than Friday, September 24th, 2021. Please address Reggio Emilia experience in cover letter along with other relevant experience.

Program Description

About the school

Good Shepherd Day School is a premier early childhood center located in Tampa, Florida. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early learning, our school combines the arts, nature, Christian values and academic excellence to create a culture of learning and exploration.

Good Shepherd Day School’s mission is to serve God and our community by teaching and practicing the values that are important for being a successful, spiritual and intellectual member of our 21st century society.

At Good Shepherd Day School, we blend various research-based approaches to early childhood education, including the much-celebrated Reggio Emilia approach, the Piagetian-based High Scope curriculum, the writings of Lev Vygotsky, the intuitive genius of Maria Montessori, and the child-sensitive RIE philosophy (Resources for Infant Educators). What links all these approaches is the underlying theory of respect and trust in the potential of the child.

Our study of the Reggio Emilia approach drives what we call “our image of the child”. We see the child as a competent learner, already arriving with their own ideas about the world. We see that the child has “a hundred languages” to express those ideas through the use of a variety of materials and media. We see the child as someone who wants to establish relationships with other children, teachers, the materials and the environment. We see the child as powerful, capable of understanding deep and meaningful learning. When we see the child in this way, we develop a culture of responding to each child in a way that is unique to their individual temperament and talents.

Contact Info

George T. Algozzina
Director of Operations

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Day School
501 South Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, Florida 33609

Email: office@goodshepherdtampa.org
Phone: (813) 877-3105

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