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Ijams Nature Preschool Lead Teacher


  • Ijams Nature Preschool
  • 02/10/20
  • Knoxville, TN
  • 37920
  • 28-32k / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Lead Nature Preschool Teacher at
Ijams Nature Preschool
Announcement and Job Description
2915 Island Home Rd, Knoxville TN 37920
preschool@ijams.org

Lead Primary Teacher Job Announcement

Ijams Nature Preschool is seeking a Lead Primary Teacher for our new full time classroom for the upcoming school year starting Aug 2020. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a solid foundation in early childhood education, nature-based curriculums, strong, positive leadership abilities and a deep commitment to children and families.

Founded in 2018, Ijams Nature Preschool is now offering a new full time class starting in August of 2020. The full time class will be held in the Miller building/homesite in close proximity to the main visitor center at Ijams Nature Center. The full time class will have the same calendar year as Knox County school year from August thru mid May. School hours will be from arrival at 9am thru dismissal at 3:30pm. Lead Teacher and assistant hours will be from 8-4:30 M-F with a paid lunch break, planning time, and school holidays. The Lead Teacher may also be required to work the Nature Preschool summer camp in June and July each summer. The classroom size will be 22 students ages ranging from 3-6 years old.

Candidates for the position should have a BA in early childhood education, preferred but not required. Requirements for the Lead Nature School Teacher position will be at least 3-5years experience as a lead teacher in a primary classroom, experience leading nature based programs and/or Montessori primary certification. Ijams Nature Preschool offers a competitive exempt salary starting at $28,000-$32,000 per year depending on qualifications and experience. We also offer a benefits package that includes professional development, a tax-deferred retirement plan with employer matching, and an insurance package that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage.

This position will start in August 2020, but may require some hourly work to prepare for school year before August. To apply or for more information, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Leslee Moore, Ijams Nature Preschool Administrator/Lead Teacher at preschool@ijams.org.(865)679-5491 Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2020.

Ijams Nature Preschool and Nature Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Qualifications
A Lead Nature Preschool Teacher at Ijams Nature Preschool must have the following:
1. 3-5 years experience with Early Childhood Education in a preschool classroom as a Lead TeacherOR
2. 3-5 years experience in a Nature Preschool or Montessori Primary classroom as a Lead TeacherAND
3. A BA in Early Childhood Education and experience/interest in a nature/outdoor classroom is preferred but not required.
4. Individual initiative and ability/experience to work effectively as part of a team also required.

Responsibilities

The Lead Nature Preschool Teacher works as part of a team with the Preschool Assistants,Ijams Nature Preschool Administrator and Ijams Nature Center Staff to foster the social, emotional, environmental and academic development of students at our school. The Lead teacher may also be required to supervise, coordinate and/or teach at least one month of the Nature Preschool Summer Camp at Ijams Nature Center during June and July each summer.

To achieve these goals, the Lead Nature Preschool Teacher performs work in the areas of planning, coordination, and supervision, teaching, classroom setup, maintaining a proper learning environment, communicating with parents, evaluating prospective students, and collaborative school administration.

The Lead Nature Preschool Teacher, the Administrator and Assistants in class work collaboratively, but in the event of conflicting classroom management, the Lead Teacher makes the final decision. The Lead Nature Preschool Teacher reports to the Administrator, but operates with a great deal of autonomy.

Planning, Supervision, and Coordination
Plan curriculum to meet class needs and state school requirements for kindergarten
Plan and coordinate classroom activities and schedules
Supervise assistants in the classroom
Coordinate carline arrival and dismissal

Teaching
Administer individual and group lessons
Encourage and guide childrens academic progress.
Maintain records of student progress
Organize and lead guided hikes at Ijams Nature Center, outdoor unstructured free play, and outdoor classroom lessons

Classroom Setup
Create and maintain materials
Purchase materials
Arrange and organize classroom
Organize materials on shelves
Straighten materials on shelves
Photocopy materials
Clean classroom

Maintaining Proper Learning Environment
Direct childrens activities
Model appropriate behavior
Encourage independence and self-esteem
Correct inappropriate behavior
Ensure safety of students
Handle emergencies
Assist students with snacks, lunch and nap
Supervise playground activities
Maintain tidy, clean and organized storage areas and common staff areas such as bathrooms, staff kitchen and office.
Maintain records and requirements for Department of Human Services licensing

Communicating with Parents
Establish and maintain good communications with parents through informal contacts, weekly notes, telephone contacts, e-mail, etc.
Schedule and lead formal and informal parent-teacher conferences, involving assistants as appropriate.

Evaluating Prospective Students
Interview and evaluate prospective students/parents

School Administration
Attend monthly or weekly staff meetings
Attend Ijams Nature Center staff meetings as needed
Attend required training and professional development programs.
Maintain personal certifications required by licensing, such as First Aid and CPR.

Perform other duties as needed. (2/10/20)


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