About the job
Position Title: Preschool Teacher
Department / Location: Preschool / Saratoga Kirk House
Supervisor: Preschool Director, Kirk House Saratoga
Direct Reports: n/a
Classification: Regular / Part-time 25-29 hours / non-exempt
Kirk House Preschool is part of the Menlo Church campus in Saratoga. Menlo is a multisite church in the San Francisco Bay area and a member of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. We are currently looking for a Preschool Teacher to join our team. The Preschool Teacher must have a positive approach to children and use all interactions as opportunities to reinforce the holistic development of each child. Our interactions and curriculum are child-centered and led by the children’s curiosity and interests. You’ll collaborate with the other teachers, aides, and volunteers and report directly to the Preschool Director. In addition, you’ll work with and support the Teacher’s Aide in your classroom. All of our staff comprise one church where everyone is welcome, nobody’s perfect, and anything’s possible.
Kirk House Preschool provides young children with a positive school experience in a warm and supportive Christian environment. We provide hands-on learning for 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s with the teachings of Jesus Christ interwoven into a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Play is the most important avenue to learning because it actively involves the child in the learning process. We stimulate the child’s innate desire to learn by providing age-appropriate experiences for emotional, social, cognitive, physical, and spiritual development. Our new Preschool Teacher must be committed to creating a safe and secure environment without criticism, so children feel comfortable to freely wonder, investigate, and explore. The Preschool Teacher must be comfortable adjusting plans and occasionally creating curriculum on the spot. While we are organized and plan ahead, it is important for our new Preschool Teacher to hold plans loosely and be willing to adjust based on the children’s interests.
Parents and staff work closely together to provide the optimum learning experience for the child—one where children work, play, grow, and learn in an atmosphere of love, patience, and mutual respect. Parent participation and education are vital components to the well-being of the family, and the church and preschool staff are eager to support parents in this pursuit.
Our ideal candidate will be a strong collaborator, is flexible, and feels called to serve children and their families. At Menlo Church, our staff is a team of humble, hopeful, and gritty Jesus-followers who do what we do so that people can find and follow Jesus.
1. Responsible for the safety of all children, both indoor and outdoor settings.
2. Work as a cohesive unit with all Kirk House Preschool staff, supporting and encouraging each other, building a strong team environment. Participate in schoolwide functions that may be outside regular school hours such as Open Houses and other special events. Participate equally in joint-housekeeping responsibilities.
3. Responsible for arriving on time and creating a safe, calm, and welcoming environment, ensuring all materials are prepared and the classroom and yard are set up before the children arrive.
4. Collaborate with other staff to coordinate curricular themes, stations, and events. Prepare lesson plans that provide a variety of learning experiences within our Kirk House philosophy.
5. Prepare and provide a wide variety of activities that meet the emotional, intellectual, and social needs of each individual and the class as a whole.
6. Interact with children, asking open ended questions that foster curiosity and encourage involvement in activities.
7. Adapt activities based on the needs and interests of students’ special talents, ability levels, family backgrounds, and individual learning styles and preferences.
8. Use appropriate and positive reinforcement and discipline as modeled by the Director.
9. Work cooperatively with the Teacher’s Assistant.
10. Build friendly and supportive relationships with all parents. Provide support, care, and resources. Participate in conferences and other ad hoc meetings as necessary.
11. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with staff, families, and Menlo Church as a whole by actively living out and championing our staff values of being humble, hopeful, and gritty.
12. Manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks, and intelligently delegate.
13. Attend monthly staff meetings, in-service trainings, workshops, and annual church all-staff retreat.
14. Be actively growing and sharing your faith in Jesus Christ.
15. Additional duties and special projects as assigned by the Preschool Director.
PLEASE NOTE: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the essential duties satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Required Education and Experience
· High school diploma or equivalency
· Must be 18 years old or older
· Minimum 2-years’ experience teaching
· Minimum 12-semester units (or equivalent quarter-units) of coursework in Early Childhood Education
· Must include 3+ semester units in each:
o Child / Human Growth & Development
o Child, Family, & Community or Child & Family Relations
o 2 classes in Programs / Curriculum
Preferred Education and Experience
· Associates Degree or 4-year College degree
· Experience teaching in a play-based program
· Experience supervising staff
· Familiarity with church organizations
Knowledge and Skills
· Committed to play-centered philosophy
· Positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills
· Demonstrated emotional maturity, stability, and judgment
· Good problem-solving skills
· Ability to relate to and support all parents and families
· Ability to speak effectively before small and large groups
· Strong written and spoken communication skills
· Proficiency with common office applications such Word or Google Docs
· Stand or sit for prolonged amounts of time
· Walk, bend, twist, kneel, crouch, and reach
· Climb up and down stairs
· Finger and hand dexterity to manipulate small objects and occasionally operate computer
· Eye hand coordination
· Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
· Occasionally lift and carry up to 20 pounds with or without assistance
· This job regularly operates in a typical classroom setting with low tables, chairs, shelves, rugs, and toys and manipulatives in various storage containers
· This job occasionally operates in a typical office environment with standard office equipment such as computers, printers, copier, and laminator
· This position regularly works outdoors and will be exposed to a variety of weather conditions, including heat, cold, and rain
· This position regularly works with general cleaning materials and chemicals
· Days and hours of work are generally in the mornings and early afternoons Monday-Friday, with an occasional evening or weekend as needed