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Lead Preschool Teacher


Palisades Preschool, Santa Monica, CA

Start Date: January 1, 2021

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Job Description
The classroom teacher works in the classroom, studio spaces, and outdoor environment with children and colleagues in addition to building relationships with parents during the school day and at school events and activities. The classroom teacher has a knowledge of best practices in early childhood education as interpreted by NAEYC, has knowledge of licensing practices and regulations, and also demonstrates understanding of the values supporting Reggio-inspired practice. She/he is a dedicated and professional educator who seeks to further the mission, goals, and values of the organization as well as his/her own professional development.

Responsibilities include:
• Care and preparation of the classroom, materials, and shared indoor and outdoor spaces in collaboration with children and colleagues
• Development of curriculum in collaboration with children and colleagues
• Documentation of children’s experiences to enhance and make visible their theories and ideas
• Communication with parents about children’s work and children’s care
• Close collaboration with atelierista and director to create curriculum, prepare spaces, conference with parents, and support children with special rights
• Participation in professional development meetings, workshops, and conferences—at the preschool and at other locations arranged by the director

This position requires knowledge and skill in working with children (2.5 to 6 years of age), a cooperative, flexible, and friendly spirit, strong verbal and written communication skills, and competence with use of technology including photography, video, and MAC programs.

Light lifting and light housekeeping tasks are part of the work of the classroom teacher.

The classroom teacher must be available 8:00am-3:00pm Monday and Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Thursday, for a total of 38 hours per week. Our school year runs Mid-August to Mid-June, with 6 weeks unpaid during the summer.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Education and Experience:
MA/BA in ECE or related field preferred. AA degree/certification in ECE acceptable with ongoing education in pursuit of BA. We require at least 2 years of early childhood teaching experience.

Salary & Benefits

Competitive salary determined according to education and experience background, between $19-$23 per hour. Position offers Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance covered 100% by the school, paid holidays, Winter break, and Spring break, paid professional development days during the school year, and paid sick hours.

Application Procedures

To apply, please send cover letter describing why you are a good fit for the position and resume including at least two professional references.

Program Description

About Us
Our small, private, non-profit preschool located in Santa Monica, California since 1999 is looking to add a classroom teacher to our team starting in January 2021! We are an innovative and progressive Reggio-inspired school located in a beautiful historic building with a large, lush outdoor space, blocks from Santa Monica beach. Our practices are based in our collective experience, cultures, and the research of child development and learning theorists including Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey, Bronfenbrenner, and Malaguzzi. The arts are central to our child-initiated, teacher-framed curriculum, and classroom teachers work in collaboration with children, parents, co-teachers, support teachers, the Director, and the atelierista in our “school of many ateliers.” We are a half-day program with optional after school enrichment classes, and full-time teachers have time every day to plan, meet, and create documentation “off the floor.”

For more information about our school, please visit our website:

Contact Info

Linda Juhasz-Wood, Director

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