Lead Co-Teacher (Infant Classroom)
Creative Scholars Preschool is a small independent preschool in the Bucktown neighborhood. We are a small, collaborative school where we believe that play and child interests drive learning and development. We strive to create a culture of collaboration and reflection among the staff where all staff members are encouraged to think creatively and share their ideas for the school.
- That child development is comprehensive and includes a child’s cognition, social and emotional development, physical development, and intellectual development.
- That play is the medium through which young children learn.
- That the classroom environment is integral in supporting the children’s growth and take care to create and maintain interesting and inviting spaces to play.
- That families are partners in the development process and should be treated with mutual respect and understanding of culture.
- That children are competent, creative, curious individuals with rights as citizens of our school and city.
- In the integration of children from all backgrounds and development.
- That relationships between children and teachers and children and children are central to learning.
We are looking for a lead co-teacher for our new infant classroom starting in January 2018.
Teachers must be able to work in a collaborative and reflective team. Under the supervision of the Director, teachers are responsible for creating a warm and inviting environment and planning a curriculum that is responsive to children.
Teachers should have the following dispositions about working with young children:
- Curious about the child’s perspective
- Have an image of the child as capable
- Take delight in children’s development
- Show respect for children’s feelings
- Understand child guidance in developmental context
- Consistently communicate the worth of each child
- Manage the group while giving individual attention
- Model anti-bias practices and cultural sensitivity
- Speak about children in a strengths-based, rather than deficits approach
When working with families, teachers should:
- Build relationships
- Seek to reflect family life in classroom
- Communicate details of child development
- Communication value of children’s play
- Have genuine empathy for parent perspectives
- Be self-confident and articulated when challenged
- Present self as a professional ally of parents
- Consistently communicate with parents
- Have an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
- Have, or be working towards, a level 3 infant/toddler credential from Gateways
- Preference given to applicants who are Illinois Director Qualified through DCFS
Salary is dependent on experience.
Job Type: Full-time
- Associate’s Degree