The Albany Academies is seeking a Preschool teacher. Pre-school is the earliest entry point into the Early Childhood Program.
The Early Childhood Program
The skills, habits, knowledge, and understandings developed in The Albany Academies Early Childhood program prepare children to be successful in our Primary Program (Grades 1-4) and beyond. This is accomplished through both play-based and cognitive approaches to growth and development. We spark curiosity and guide children to be passionate, inquisitive, and engaged learners who are also emerging as resilient and purposeful regarding their own development. In this phase of our program, children will experience both co-ed and single-sex environments. The preschool classroom is co-ed.
Components of the Early Childhood Program
The key components of our program include learning through play, child-centered classrooms, whole-child approach, cooperative learning, differentiated instruction, family-school partnership, and the systematic development of foundational content, skills, and habits.
One of the hallmarks of an Academy education is collaboration in learning. In our Early Childhood program, we build the civic virtues and social competencies that support collaboration through a “centers” approach. Learning centers are teacher created spaces and activities in the room designed for children to explore, acquire academic skills, and create, with increasing independence. Some centers stay the same all year, while others change weekly or daily depending on the topics and themes being studied.
Thematic units provide the learning framework for a year of learning in the Early Childhood program. Themes such as seasons, lifecycles, families, and communities, are the centerpiece of learning around which teachers plan literacy activities, learning centers, discussions, field trips, and projects.
The family-school partnership ensures consistency, support, and a positive relationship. The program is based in a safe, compassionate, warm, and respectful atmosphere. This promotes secure attachment between the child, the teacher(s), and the school community. Regular communication to home regarding daily activities promotes child-family communication regarding the program to ensure smooth transitions between school and home. We refer to this family-child-school relationship as the triangle of secure attachment.
In addition to meeting and exceeding academic standards, students in the Early Childhood program at The Albany Academies also develop:
- Discover and develop a curiosity for learning
- Begin to manage personal needs
- Work through challenges and obstacles
- Actively engage in their experience
- Use words instead of actions in difficult situations
- Adapt to changes in routine
- Accept and implement creative suggestions from others
- Try another way to do something when suggested by a peer
- Attempt to solve a problem by guessing based on past success
- Try not to repeat a mistake
- Participate in class responsibilities
- Identify behaviors that are sensitive to the needs of others
- Show concern for others and the community
- Listen to others and engage in cooperative play
- Work with other children to complete a task
- Recognize the contributions of other children
- Take turns and wait for turn
- Invite other children to join an activity,
- Show an understanding that other children may feel differently from self
Children successfully completing the Early Childhood program will be developing young learners who are curious, purposeful thinkers with emerging personal, intellectual, and social virtues.
The Preschool Teacher Role
The role of the teacher is to be caring, flexible, and attentive to the changing needs and developmental stages of their students. Teachers model the behaviors, skills, and habits they wish to instill in their students. Facilitate active learning, creativity, and inquiry through daily lessons and activities. Strike the delicate balance of knowing when to observe, when to encourage, when to guide, when to redirect, when to teach, when to question, and when to intervene throughout the day. Engage parents in their child’s learning and development in a variety of ways including daily feedback, regular conferences, and school events.
- 2 years of teaching experience with young learners
- Bachelor’s degree (required)
- Master’s degree (preferred) or Equivalent experience
- Caring and patient
- Communicates effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
- Is calm in challenging situations
- Has enthusiasm for the work
FLSA Status – Exempt
Assignment type: Full time, 10 month
Working Environment & Physical Requirements
- The role is conducted in a heated and cooled classroom
- Requires frequent movement about in the classroom
- The employee must be capable of fully performing all duties described herein, either without or with reasonable accommodation
- The Albany Academies reserves the right to alter this job description
- Employment with The Albany Academies is at-will
Statement of Diversity & Inclusion: At The Albany Academies, the active expression of different perspectives and life experiences plays a vital role in the life of the school. In harmony with our Mission Statement and reflective of our Core Values, the Academies is committed to a safe, diverse, inclusive, equitable, and just school climate within a Preschool through Postgraduate curricular framework dedicated to inclusive excellence. We actively strive to respect, affirm, and protect the dignity and worth of each member of our learning community and cultivate an environment where all members of the Academies’ community experience a true sense of belonging and are empowered to fully participate in the life of the school. We also recognize that diversity of thought and expression is integral to developing learners who are culturally agile, adept at thinking critically, and effective when collaborating with others. Maintaining a
truly inclusive community is an ongoing process that requires us to be open, reflective, and proactive. We accept this challenge in the knowledge that our varied perspectives strengthen our community and prepare our students to learn, lead, and pursue inclusive excellence at The Albany Academies and beyond.