SUPPORT TEACHER (LEVEL I) : PRE-KINDERGARTEN/NATURE PLAYGROUP
Juniper Hill School is seeking a PreK support teacher/nature playgroup leader with preferably at least a Bachelor’s degree in education or experience in a related field. Several years of support teaching experience (non-formal and/or formal) is required. The successful 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 I support teacher/nature playgroup leader is a self-motivated and directed individual with strong support role 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 and a deep commitment to the profession. He/she will support, teach, and guide young children (and families) through their beginning school experiences and support the lead teachers in lessons, circle times, meal times, and activities on Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. In addition, the teacher will also be able to lead weekly playgroups for families/children from the surrounding communities on Thursdays and Friday mornings. 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). The Level I support teacher/nature playgroup leader 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 and beyond.
The Level I support teacher’s primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• supporting 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
• helping to implement curriculum with the lead teachers
• assisting with observation and assessments the children (for example, by offering information for the teachers’ conferences with families)
• helping to reach into the community for developmentally appropriate projects and by bringing the community into the school
• supporting connection within our school community by, but not limited to: attending the parent- teacher group meetings at some point during the year, attending and contributing to all faculty and teaching team meetings, helping to plan festivals and celebrations, assisting with work projects; gaining skills and knowledge about our school's philosophies by observation of other programs, readings, and trainings
The Nature Playgroup leader’s primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• planning a variety activities for families with children ages birth to 8 years old (primarily toddlers and early elementary children)
• ease with primitive skills, such as fire building, simple foraging, tracking, bird/bug/plant identification (or a willingness to learn)
• connecting to both adults and children in a fluid way
• preparing for the activities, snack, and care of families in the woods for 2 hours on Thursdays and Fridays of each week
• communicating with families ahead of time to let them know what to expect for activities and sharing pictures/information from the week before
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