Seeds of Wonder Journey School
Start Date: August 25, 2021
Make a Difference in the Lives of Children and Families While Having FUN as Part of a Collaborative Team! Small Class Sizes and Dedicated Teaching Pods Means a Safer Environment for YOU!
SOWJS was founded and is run by a mother-daughter team with more than 45 years of classroom experience and 20 years of administrative experience between them – we are intentional in creating a workplace where teachers are valued and respected!
DESCRIPTION, RESPONSIBILITIES, & DUTIES
Are you a reflective, experienced teacher who is interested in helping to shape a new progressive preschool?
Do you want to work in a safer environment, following CDC guidelines, with people who care about each other?
If so, Seeds of Wonder Journey School is looking for you! Position available now – Please indicate in your cover letter when you are available to begin working!
Looking for caring, patient, creative, energetic teachers! Our teachers receive 12+ PTO days/year and a generous benefits and professional development package! We currently are looking for two Full Time team members; 9-5:30.
WE ARE CAPPING ALL CLASSES TO 12 OR FEWER CHILDREN UNTIL OUR AREA SHOWS A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN COVID CASES! Our ratios are MUCH lower than other schools!
If you are an educator with a passion for working with young children and their families AND you have the drive and dedication to join a team of professional, collaborative educators in crafting a Reggio inspired school serving Roswell and the Northern suburbs of Atlanta, then Seeds of Wonder Journey School invites you to submit your resume for consideration!
This is a unique opportunity to help shape the foundation of a new school…and to make a difference in the lives of the children and families with whom we will work.
Our Mission: Childhood is sacred time. At Seeds of Wonder Journey School, children learn about their world by engaging their natural curiosities and creativity, and are guided to become socially capable problem solvers in a progressive Jewish environment.
Families and Teachers of ALL backgrounds invited to apply!
Preschool families have the option of enrolling their child/ren either full time or part time.
Seeds of Wonder is ideal for families who are looking for a loving, respectful, high quality environment where children learn and develop through inquiry and play. Our school philosophy is inspired by the schools for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy and is influenced by Constructivist Theory and Howard Gardener’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. We seek to create a diverse community by valuing and honoring children and families of all backgrounds.
3+ years working with children in a group setting
Reggio Emilia / Project Based Learning
Must have a collaborative spirit and be willing to work in a start-up environment.
Nurturing, outside-the-box thinkers and problem solvers encouraged to apply!
Ability to sit or stand for long period of time, bend and twist, pick up, carry or hold children up to 50 lbs.
Experience and working knowledge of child development, including DAP.
Loving nature, nurturer who enjoys being part of a team
Excellent references are a must
Must be comfortable with technology or willing to learn and try new skills (if we need to close temporarily due to Covid, we will pivot to a virtual learning experience via Zoom and Facebook)
Please share if you have experience in: yoga, guitar/songleader, gardening, Hebrew language, Story-telling, Studio arts, etc.
SALARY & BENEFITS
Salary Commensurate with Experience $15-20/hour
12 Days PTO in Year One, 18 PTO Days/Year starting in Year 2
Generous Professional Development Budget
Robust benefits package including 401K, 25,000 life insurance, short term disability that includes 6 weeks maternity leave, vision, dental, and more!
Never-ending snacks, coffee & tea (We know…teachers run on caffeine!)
Join Our Team of Critical Colleagues to Help Grow Our Faculty from the Inside Out!
Please email resume AND cover letter.
Please indicate when you are available to start working – we are currently interviewing!
Please apply via our INDEED ad so you can also complete the candidate assessments (and to help us stay organized)
Progressive ~ Child-Centered ~ Play Based ~ Emotionally Responsive
The care and learning that happen in the Early Childhood years set the tone for an individual’s growth as a lifelong learner and as a member of a larger community. This is true not only for our children, but also for their families and for teachers. Families are seeking a community within which they can form relationships and grow, and the preschool is perfectly suited to provide that community. Teachers want to know that they will be supported as they grow professionally.
Children are competent and capable and succeed when they are able to be co-constructors of their learning experience in an environment that speaks to their interests in an authentic way. Each child is uniquely created; our role as educators is to support each child’s development, learning and well-being. It is important that every teacher understands how to take time to listen to each child’s melody and that each teacher feels supported along his or her own professional journey to best serve the children and families with whom we work. We educate each child according to his/her own way. Our collective job is to nurture each child’s ability so that the child can grow and learn, and the school leadership does the same for the teachers and families.
Our teachers have a genuine respect for the children as individuals, and for the children’s families, as the children’s first teachers. They should be able to work well within a collaborative environment, within a community of critical colleagues who push each other and constantly strive for excellence together.
We believe in meeting all children and families and supporting them “where they are.” This strategy requires that teachers and administrators know the child well and have good communication with the child’s family. Our emotionally responsive school puts children at the center of all partnerships – teacher/child, parent/child, parent/teacher – each of these is a partnership, and each holds at its heart promise of expectations to fulfill.
In preschool, the continuum of developmentally appropriate expectations for our youngest students means that each child will be taught according to his or her unique learning style, and children are valued in their differences. This attitude supports the process of assisting each child in developing self-knowledge and insight about his/her own learning style, interests, and strengths. An essential component of our philosophy is the creation of a community of caring adults who value and understand children AND each child, and who, in turn, feels supported in their roles as parents or teachers.
Our founders are a mother-daughter team of skilled educators with a passion for childhood and with almost 70 years of Early Childhood Education experience between us, including teaching, administration, and supporting children with special rights. We deeply believe in supporting socially liberal causes, including feminism, reproductive rights, and black lives matter, in advocating for our youngest citizens and modeling for them how to find their voice in the world. We stand with the LGBTQ+ community, BIPOC and of all religious backgrounds, immigrants (both refugees and otherwise), and any otherwise disenfranchised communities and families. We welcome respectful, progressive, and helpful discussion around all subjects within the Seeds of Wonder community, with the intention of learning more about one another and our values, and always for the benefit of the children in our care.
Together, we are empowering exceptional education.