SUPPORT TEACHER (LEVEL II): EARLY CHILDHOOD (PRE-K OR K)
Juniper Hill School is seeking a full-time early childhood support teacher in the prekindergarten or kindergarten class. Candidates for this position will have preferably at least a Bachelor’s degree in education or experience in a related field. The successful candidate may have a Master’s degree in early childhood education, but not quite enough lead teaching experience to take on that role. Several years of support teaching experience in at least a support or assistant teacher role (non-formal and/or formal) is required.
Candidate must demonstrate understanding of the developmental needs of young children (imaginative play, gross motor movement, cultivating deep connection to nature, and the arts) and/or a willingness and interest to learn and have training in teaching peace and loving kindness in the classroom. The teacher may have experience in place-based education, nature and/or environmental education and/or the arts. Comfort and competent self-care and care of others in the outdoors in all seasons are essential for this position. Prior first aid/CPR certification or willingness to earn certification required (Juniper Hill School provides basic wilderness first aid and medication administration training).
The Level II support teacher is a hard-working, enthusiastic, confident teacher and learner for a school which strives to be a model for 21st century progressive education in the Midcoast area of Maine. The Level II support teacher is a self-motivated and directed individual with strong support role and some lead teacher abilities; excellent organizational, communication, and teaching skills; the desire to listen and speak with children and adults effectively and with compassion; the flexibility to operate independently and as part of a team; an engaging personality; and a genuine interest in learning and teaching of young children, working with families, and cultivating community connections. He/she will support, teach, and guide young children through their beginning school experiences and support the lead teachers in lessons, circle times, meal times, and activities. The Level II support teacher will take on small group responsibilities and whole group lessons. A typical day includes all to more than half of the school day spent outside, in all weather conditions, as a springboard for the constructed and emergent curriculum.
This position requires the ability to work with a small staff team (the director/other teachers, as well as weekly arts teachers) on the ninth year of a relatively new, progressive venture and helping to form a school which is one of the primary leaders in the larger movement of nature-based teaching and place-based education.
The Level II supporting teacher’s primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Supporting all and/or leading some daily lessons, circle times, and outdoor adventures;
• supporting 3-6 year old children as they construct learning, both socially and academically, drawing on a variety of educational philosophies
• working with the Lead teachers to learn how to observe, assist, and lead lessons with children and formally reflecting with them during the week, as well as accomplishing those tasks
• helping to implement and plan curriculum with the lead teachers
• assisting with observation and assessments the children (for example, by offering information for the teachers’ conferences with families and attending conferences)
• helping to reach into the community for developmentally appropriate projects and by bringing the community into the school and leading an aspect of Community Block on Thursdays
• supporting connection within our school community by, but not limited to: attending the parent-teacher group meetings during the year, attending and contributing to all faculty and teaching team meetings, helping to plan festivals and celebrations, assisting/leading with work projects
• gaining skills and knowledge about our school's philosophies by observation of other programs, readings, and taking trainings
To Apply: Please send, by mail or email, a detailed letter of interest, resume, and list of three references to
the contact below. Fingerprints and a CHRC background check will be required before hire.
Job Type: Full time, 10 month, exempt
Start Date: on or before, August 20, 2019
Salary: commensurate with experience (range: $25-27K)
Contact Person: Anne Stires, Director
Mailing Address: 180 Golden Ridge Rd. Alna, ME 04535