The Discovery School
at Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sausalito, CA 94965
Start Date: August 15, 2022
The Discovery School (TDS) at Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) seeks a Preschool Teacher for the 2022-23 school year. As a member of a teaching team, the Preschool Teacher will provide daily care and supervision of children enrolled in the Discovery School program, collaborate with their teaching team, and work directly with families and the school leadership.
Ideal candidates will have deep commitment to and passion for learning along with a growth mindset, some experience co-creating an inquiry-based curriculum and documenting learning, knowledge of child development, love and respect for young children and their capabilities, and interest in serving in an entrepreneurial and evolving school community.
The Discovery School is a Reggio-inspired preschool. Our program is the only museum-based preschool in California, and we draw upon BADM’s 30 years of child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning, as well as best practices in creativity development from BADM’s research. We are fortunate to offer a low student to teacher ratio and an incredibly engaged parent community. BADM also provides an unmatched location, on 7.5 acres of National Park land at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge and with immediate access to the beach, coastal habitat, historic batteries and hiking trails.
This is a full-time position working a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00am to 4:30pm. This non-exempt position pays up to a rate of $28.00-$32.00 per hour, less applicable withholdings. The teaching calendar runs from mid-August to early June. Preschool Teachers may be eligible for separate employment opportunities that may exist with BADM’s camp staff while TDS is not in session.
All BADM positions require up-to-date proof of COVID vaccination.
KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Ensures the safety and supports the wellbeing (emotional, physical, cognitive, and behavioral) of all children enrolled in the program.
Works collaboratively with children and educator team in thoughtful and creative planning and preparing of learning activities and curriculum development inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, aligned with clear intentions, and best practices for young children.
Observes, reflects and documents individual and group experiences and works collaboratively to collect, display and disseminate documentation.
Aids the research teams that work with The Discovery School students; utilizes BADM research to inform the planning and preparation of the curriculum.
Builds positive, supportive relationships with families
Participates in regular communication with families regarding the daily preschool experiences as well as specifically written communication on Parent & Teacher Dialogue Days to share documentation related to the development of their child, as well as including goal setting for children’s individual development.
Collaboratively writes regular reflections, sharing documentation of preschool experiences to serve as digital communication with all families.
Participates in professional development meetings, workshops, and conferences.
Ensures proper maintenance and cleanliness of classroom and supplies daily.
Attends school and class events
May assist and support other BADM programming, including during fundraisers, festivals, and other programs.
Communicates and works collaboratively with all other museum departments.
Additional duties as required.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
LiveScan and criminal record clearance through DOJ Child Abuse Index as well as proof of absence of tuberculosis (TB) are required before starting employment.
Minimum of 12 completed ECE units required, 12+ preferred.
Must be trained or commit to being trained in First Aid, CPR and AED for adult, infant and child.
AA considered, BA or BS preferred. Degree in education, early childhood education, child development or relevant field strongly preferred. Minimum 2 years of experience in a preschool setting required.
Experience in Reggio Emilia-inspired curricular development and environment design is strongly preferred.
Knowledge of child development, developmentally appropriate practices, and inquiry-based learning.
Must be willing to follow and enforce CDC guidelines and the institution’s health and safety procedures. Due to the current pandemic climate, candidates with experience in, or an understanding of, trauma-sensitive practices are strongly preferred.
Professional commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion; thoughtful and open about the role of a workplace and cultural institution in creating sense of welcome and belonging for students, staff, and visitors.
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast pace work environment a must
Strong organizational and time management skills
Ability to use computer equipment required (Microsoft Word, Excel, Zoom, and Google Docs)
Must work well with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures
Flexible, good-humored, team player with a strong work ethic
Ability to move from place to place, work outdoors, bend and lift and carry up to 35 pounds short distances
This non-exempt position pays up to a rate of $28.00-$32.00 per hour, less applicable withholdings. The teaching calendar runs from mid-August to early June. Preschool Teachers may be eligible for separate employment opportunities that may exist with BADM’s camp staff while TDS is not in session.
BADM provides up to 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off.
As California’s only museum-based preschool, The Discovery School (TDS) at the Bay Area Discovery Museum is a unique environment for children to learn and grow. Our program focuses on developing children’s creative problem-solving skills through an innovative, STEM-rich practice that responds to children’s unique curiosities, questions, and interests. Our talented teachers follow an emergent curriculum that is rooted in research on children’s development and learning. Inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, TDS’s approach to learning honors and respects children and their capability.
TDS leverages all of the unique aspects of Bay Area Discovery Museum and its many resources—including its museum location, national park setting, and collaboration with Bay Area Discovery Museum’s research division—to foster children’s natural curiosity. Through original, child-directed projects and open-ended exploration, we introduce children to the knowledge and approaches to learning they’ll need to thrive both in school and as lifelong creative problem solvers.
Together, we are empowering exceptional education.