Floater - Teacher
FLOATER TEACHER CHILDREN'S SCHOOL
The Floater Teacher works directly with children as a member of the teaching team under the direction of the Master Teacher. Participates in designing curriculum. Demonstrates a commitment to and understanding of anti-bias education and its implementation. Provides direction and support to Associate Teachers and practicum students.
This position is a full time position located in Pasadena, and reports directly to the Executive Director of the Children's School.
- Assist in the development and execution of the daily routine to include small and large group experiences and individual time with children
- Be responsive to the developmental needs of each child as well as to those of the group; individualizing curriculum to meet the unique needs of each child
- Observe, record, and assess children's interactions and experiences
- Supervise staff in their observations and recording
- Establish limits; facilitate problem solving, conflict resolution, and model humanistic interactions
- Establish a trusting relationship with children with a focus on anti-bias attitudes and actions
- Cooperatively plan, document, and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and assume responsibility for specific curricular areas designated by the Master Teacher.
- Protect the health and safety of all children at all times
- Coordinate with the Master Teacher to assign and complete high quality developmental summaries for all children in the program
- Confer with the Master Teacher convening materials/equipment needs and assist with purchasing as requested
- Establish collaborative partnerships with parents including a respect for cultural differences, family configurations and a variety of parenting styles
- Involvement in and coordination of an ongoing communication system for families within the program including:
- Record daily notes as required
- Complete and evaluate developmental conferences as required
- Participate in parent/teacher conferences as required
- Conduct parent meetings as needed
- Conduct individual parent conferences as needed per coordination with the Master Teacher
- Attend and contribute to Parent Orientation meetings and other special events throughout the school year
FOR TEACHERS & PRACTICUM STUDENTS:
- Attend and participate in daily/weekly staff meetings
- Model appropriate skills in working with parents and children
- Model individual, small, and large group teaching skills
- Meet with and support the Master Teacher
- Attend Children's School staff meetings, in-service training, and sponsored events at the Children's School as coordinated by the Master Teacher and/or Director
- Ability to run, walk, stand for extended periods of time, bend, climb, see up close and at a distance, sit on the floor with children, lift up to 40 pounds and reach children quickly in the event of an emergency.
- Perform other duties as assigned
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of and commitment to the progressive philosophy of the Children's School
- Demonstrate continuing professional growth and development
- Use appropriate channels for problem solving
- Maintain professionalism and confidentiality
- Abide by the rules and policies of the Children's School and support the mission of Pacific Oaks such as encouraging inclusion and embracing diversity
- Communicate with members of the school community openly, directly, promptly, and constructively
- Model appropriate ethical behavior for children, families, and colleagues and exemplify caring, respect, and honesty
- Demonstrate punctuality and adhere to appropriate attendance standards
- Bachelor's preferred, an Associate's degree or equivalent in ECE or related field is required
- Previous experience working with children in a progressive school setting (0-5 years)
- Effective written and verbal communications skills
- Ability to work effectively in a team
- Title 22 certification
- Ability to take charge in Master Teacher's absence
- Ability to pass the Livescan background check; as required by the Department of Social Services
Pacific Oaks College and Children's School offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.
Pacific Oaks College and Children's School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Pacific Oaks College and Children's School