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Mindful Early Childhood Educator


Our Neighborhood Child Development Center
1015 East Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Start Date: September 4, 2023

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

The Learning Studio is a mixed age, project centered learning environment, with teachers who are deeply committed to learning through play in a healthy social emotional environment. Teachers create curriculum from work that they observe in the classroom, and provide opportunities for children to dig deeper.

If you are an energetic, open-minded teacher, willing to foster curiosity, exploration, and hold respect for young children, you may be a good fit! One of Our Neighborhood’s values is authenticity. As such, we hope that our teachers will bring their full selves to work, with all their diverse perspectives to share. First and foremost, Our Neighborhood team members should love working with children. Teachers act from a belief that young children are competent individuals worthy of a loving engaging environment. Strong candidates have a disposition towards learning and reflection, collaboration skills, and the ability to be self directed. We expect and support our team to continue growing professionally, as we believe all people are lifelong learners.

One unique part of Our Neighborhood is the opportunity to have a voice in the school’s organization. Through Holacracy, teachers can find roles that fit their strengths and participate in enrollment, hiring, and more! As a teacher at Our Neighborhood, you will have an opportunity to learn from diverse teaching teams and contribute your gifts to a thriving school. We hope you will join us in positively impacting the lives of young children and families.

– Interacting and connecting with children, families, and Our Neighborhood partners in ways that support strong relationships, respect, and collaboration.
– Working in a co-teaching team to maintain a healthy, safe, and engaging classroom environment, develop curriculum, and care for all children.
– Communicating daily with families, scheduling and conducting bi-annual parent-teacher conferences, supporting families in their learning.
– Fostering a rich Reggio-inspired curriculum based in a strong view of children as learners and thinkers.
– Using Our Neighborhood philosophies (ex: RIE, Nonviolent Communication, Conscious Discipline, Circle of Security) to inform daily practice.
– Approaching conflicts as opportunities to learn, and coaching children to be problem solvers.
Learning about and participating in Holacracy, a unique organizational structure allowing for an agile, self-governing system, rather than a traditional hierarchical approach.
Keeping composure to support children through challenges.
Maintaining awareness, presence, and attunement in a fast-paced changing environment.
Receiving and implementing feedback in a team of reflective teachers.
Reflecting on your work and observations to grow as a teacher.
Maintaining a clean and safe environment that supports children to take healthy risks.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Ability to manage the physical demands of caring for active children, being outdoors in all weather, bending, and lifting.

Background checks free of barrier crimes.

Salary & Benefits

This position is full-time.
Salary: $37,010 within one year
Health insurance, paid time off, dental insurance, retirement contribution, family leave, and paid professional development

Application Procedures

Email your resume and answers to the following:

How do you believe children learn best?
What do you think are the benefits and difficulties in a group care environment for the development of children under three?
What draws you to want to work with Our Neighborhood?

Of visit our website to apply:

Program Description

Our Neighborhood is a relationship based early childhood program serving children ages zero to eight. We have children from infants to age three in our Infant Toddler Village and children from age three to 2nd grade (age eight) in the Learning Studio. We are a NAEYC accredited program inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia and hold strong our values conscious connection, value-based decision making, authenticity, mutual respect, and free choice. We are also inspired by the work of Magda Gerber (RIE or Resources for Infant Educarers) and Dr. Becky Bailey (Conscious Discipline). As early childhood educators we are dedicated to understanding and supporting young children’s developing brains.

We believe children deserve respect and support as they learn and grow on their own timetable. We believe that children learn best through play, through engaging with the world around them. Our mission is to create a world in which all children and adults are treated with respect, and viewed as whole, important, and competent.

At Our Neighborhood we have built a learning community for both children and adults. We are a resource for parents, aiming to be partners with families on their journey with children. We are always looking for reflective, engaged individuals who are passionate about working with children to support us as we start a ripple effect of respect and connection.

Contact Info

Jennifer Slack
Hiring Team

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

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.