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Elementary School Teacher


A New Leaf School Nashville

Preschool: 7520 Charlotte Pike Nashville TN 37209
K-3 school: 4341 Pecan Valley Road Nashville TN 37218

Start Date: July 26, 2021

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

A New Leaf is a unique Reggio Emilia inspired farm school experience serving children ages 3 – 9 years of age. The majority of our learning takes place outdoors in all kinds of weather on our 10 acres of farm and forest which we share with our herd of 31 goats and flock of chickens. We are also lucky to see many wild creatures such as deer, hare, salamanders, snakes, birds, frogs and a rich arthropod life.

Our school age program caters to children from Kindergarten to 3rd Grade. A successful candidate will have experience working in a Reggio Emilia environment, a minimum of 2 years teaching school age children with love and stamina for the outdoors.

Be prepared to work as a team with a co-teacher, and collaborate with other grade level teachers and farm educators.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Degree in elementary education or equivalent degree and experience.
At least 1 year experience teaching Kindergarten and/or first, second or third grade.
Knowledge of the Reggio approach to education and willingness to work as co-researchers with the children to develop an emergent curriculum of projects and the exploration of 100 languages.
The ability and willingness to take your skills and experience from indoor classroom settings and apply them to outdoor “classrooms”.
Enthusiasm to develop projects outdoors that take advantage of the natural habitats as well as the farm.
The ability to continue to create learning labs and ateliers both indoors and outdoors.
Commitment to continued professional development.
Ability to document and share with others the learning journey of the classroom.
Stamina to hike on a hill and endurance for bug bites, ticks, and other wild-life.
Ability to work in teams.
Knowledge of gardening, and care taking of goats and chickens is an asset.
Patience and tools used with children’s learning social-emotional awareness and skills is a must.
Good communication skills both in writing and orally.
Great organizational skills.

Salary & Benefits

We offer a competitive pay scale based on both education and experience.
Benefits increase over the number of years working with us, starting with paid days off and moving on to health and retirement benefits.

Application Procedures

Please submit your resume, a letter of interest, and 3 letters of reference to LISA.ANEWLEAF@GMAIL.COM

Program Description

Inspired by the All Austin Cooperative Nursery School where my son attended preschool, I fell in love with working in the Reggio way. A New Leaf opened the doors in 2005 in beautiful Nashville traveling through projects using 100 languages ever since. For the past five years we have developed our style of nature education and this 2020-2021 school year, moved by the pandemic, we have been learning entirely outdoors with the children while we began our school age program. We look forward to continuing to develop or K-3 classroom experiences both indoors and outdoors!

Contact Info

Lisa Welgreen


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