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Mentor Teacher


Crescent Park Child Development Center, Palo Alto CA

Start Date: March 1, 2021

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Crescent Park is an innovative, Reggio-inspired, play-based early childhood education program for children (18 months to five years) and families of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.  Nestled in the heart of Palo Alto, Crescent Park welcomes over 150 families each year who partner with us to provide a high-quality, progressive approach to education. We are known for our rich, “magical”, engaging environments and Indoor/Outdoor flow, where the educators are stationary and the children flow naturally through the spaces. Not only are children granted the opportunity to explore their environment freely, but this flow gives educators the opportunity to build a unique culture within their spaces–the Construction Lab, Outdoor Classroom, Art Studio, and Light/Resource Space–alongside the support of their co-teachers.

Educators are given an incredible amount of creative freedom and flexibility within their work, and are encouraged to tie their unique passions and interests as individuals into their work with children. We’re seeking self-starters who value collaboration, innovative thinking, a passion for working with children, and who are eager to partner with us in cultivating an intentional learning community.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Minimum Bachelors degree in relevant or unrelated field, Masters degree preferred. At least one year teaching experience. Mentor teachers must have at least 5+ years experience within early childhood.
Team-player who values collaboration and partnership. Flexible and innovative thinker. Self-starter. Optimistic. Great attention to detail. Ideal candidates will possess an intrinsic desire to excel within their work and career, and value the input and collaboration of their colleagues and teammates. Physically able to stand, sit, move around across a variety of terrains (sand, mud, grass, etc) in both indoor and outdoor environments. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Daily writing and reflection via school-wide blog.

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience and education. Crescent Park prides itself on offering a worthy-wage in alignment with the rising cost of living in the Bay Area. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, 401K, 5 weeks vacation, PTO. Ample in-house and outside professional development opportunities based on tenure and commitment, including domestic and international NAREA conferences, NAEYC, CAEYC, etc.

Educators are given 2.5 hours of planning time per week, outside of the classroom, for work with the Pedagogical Team to review daily documentation, long-term investigations, study relevant research, etc. Additional time is allocated depending on flow of the day, pertinence of responsibilities/tasks, etc.

Application Procedures

Open Application period – rolling start-date.
Please send your resume to, along with a cover letter that explains your personal teaching philosophy, or approach to early childhood education. Resumes received without cover letter will be disregarded.

Program Description

Contact Info

Julia Hill-Wright,

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

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.