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Lead Teacher/Teacher Mentor


Palos Heights, Illinois 60463

Start Date: August 1, 2022

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Our teachers are our greatest asset, and as such, we are dedicated to providing them with the benefits and resources they need to connect, balance, grow, and thrive in their career. Thus, as a Lead Teacher/ Teacher Mentor, you will work closely with the Academy’s Directress and Assistant Director to mentor, coach, identify resources for, and train fellow teachers, as well as take on duties of each in their absence, including closing the school.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Set a high professional standard for leadership, appearance, teaching and communication.
• Co-teach either a preschool or pre-k classroom for during the morning session.
• Support staff in understanding and implementing a Reggio Emilia approach to children and curriculum through observations and reflective meetings, as well as commit to developing one’s own knowledge of the Reggio approach.
• Assist the teaching teams in creating fun and interactive learning experiences for our students, while also serving as a mentor to fellow teachers.
• Help teachers improve their skills of observing and listening to the children, documenting projects, and promoting and conducting research following an emergent curriculum/ project-based school setting.
• Be a point of contact during the afternoon program and be responsible for closing the school at the end of the day.
• Assist with the management, training, mentoring and assessment of new hires and existing employees.
• Communicate with the Directress and Assistant Director regarding program development and faculty development needs.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements
We want an inquisitive, energetic, dependable, and passionate individual who:
• is at least 21-years of age
• has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education
• has at least 3 – 5 years of experience in a childcare setting
• has experience coaching and training staff members
• understands that our students are competent, curious and capable learners
Preferred Characteristics
• Be an innovative/creative thinker passionate about working with children.
• Foster and encourage creativity and imagination, in both staff and children.
• Value collaboration and communication, dedicated to nurturing strong relationships with colleagues, students, and our families.
• Possess knowledge and experience (preferred) of the Reggio Emelia approach, or at least project-based or emergent curriculum.
• Respect and celebrate the dignity, worth and uniqueness of each child, family member and colleagues.
• Celebrate and respect diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Salary & Benefits

Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $42,000.00 – $48,000.00 per year, based on education, experience and qualifications
• Health insurance
• Paid holidays and sick days
• Paid time off
• Tuition assistance if enrolling your children
• Professional development assistance

Application Procedures

Please send cover letter and resume to Directress Davis at

Program Description

Reggio Academy is a Reggio-inspired early learning center with after-school program offerings also available. Our mission is to provide children with the tools they need to develop a lifelong love of learning in a nurturing and safe place. These tools include engaging environments to explore, exceptional learning materials, appropriate social emotional guidance and support, and opportunities to interact with the community.
Our work environment includes:
• Creativity and Curiosity as Core Values.
• Respect and celebration of the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each child, family, and colleague.
• As teacher-researcher teams with our students, we give ourselves and children the freedom to explore.
• Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities
• Teacher Resource Center

Contact Info

Raegan Bricks-Davis

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

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.