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Kindergarten Teacher


The Nest Shoreline Campus
56 Stony Creek Rd.
Branford, CT 06405

Start Date: August 24, 2020

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

The Nest and Alphabet Academy are forward-thinking, Reggio-inspired early learning centers. We are seeking a passionate Kindergarten teacher to join the talented, dynamic staff at our Hamden and Branford locations. We provide extensive opportunities for teacher development (professional, emotional, and physical) and profoundly respect the ever-evolving art of teaching and learning. We are excited to mentor, learn from, and partner with like-minded professionals who have diverse backgrounds, experiences and learning styles.

The ideal candidate would demonstrate:

• intentional teaching practices that are grounded in the Reggio Emilia approach
• an eagerness for project-based learning that is child-led
• a commitment to integrating Common Core academic standards into our progressive curriculum
• a working knowledge of positive discipline and emotionally responsive strategies
• the ability to set high standards with an equally strong love for working with children
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• State of Connecticut Teacher Certification strongly preferred

Job Description and Responsibilities
Classroom ration 1:10.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

• Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education
• Early Childhood Teaching Credential OR State of CT Teacher Certification
• Two years of experience teaching in a public or private Kindergarten classroom
• Enthusiasm about nature-based learning & farm to table gardening

Salary & Benefits

• Competitive compensation commensurate with experience and education
• Employer contribution to 401K after one year of employment
• Health Insurance
• Paid Time Off

Application Procedures

To apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Cora Megan at

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Program Description

We at Alphabet Academy are passionate about early childhood education. Our staff is committed to the high calling of introducing children to the world of learning, and we strive to foster an environment that allows our students to develop their innate sense of wonder through expression, exploration, and collaboration. We know that young children are capable of profound thoughts and actions when given the time and the right creative outlets. To that end, we seek to push the boundaries of early learning through curriculum and activities that spring from deep, rich, and meaningful inquiries and interactions.

At our school, children are treated as worthy members of a community. We share a world and a journey, and it is our responsibility and privilege to help students cultivate the confidence to realize their full potential and the imagination to be caring and compassionate little citizens.

Our mission is to challenge each child to reach his or her full intellectual, creative, physical and social potential through a curriculum that puts an emphasis on a child’s innate curiosity of our natural world.

Our teachers strive to be expert practitioners of their ever-evolving craft and regard their task here as a sacred one, knowing full well of the imprint they will gently impose on a child’s life forever.

We inspire our children to become life-long learners by providing opportunities to expand their intellectual growth and thirst for contemplation, exploration and creativity.

We are dedicated to creating a diverse community that fosters a deep sense of social responsibility and mutual respect for one-another.

We honor our authentic relationship between home and school which is fundamental to the high quality of care we provide.

We practice emotionally responsive teaching. Children have strong feelings and emotions as well as happy and quiet and settled feelings. All reactions to emotions are welcome in our school. It is our job to help them work through it as they slowly build their tool box to handle stress and disappointment.

At The Nest we…

-Provide each child with a generous exposure to the outdoors in order to connect with and understand their place in nature.
-Empower each child by allowing them to experiment with risk taking in a safe and supervised environment.
-Demonstrate a healthy lifestyle by providing holistic nutrition and a farm to table education.
-Support and mentor parents so that they may fully participate in their child’s education and growth.
-Allow each child to understand their school’s approach to discipline which is fair, consistent, and predictable.
-Maintain a child-friendly environment which embraces innocence, kindness, love and respect.

Contact Info

Cora Megan

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

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.