King School is an independent day school in Stamford, CT, educating students in PreK through Grade 12. Students at King engage in an immersive and innovative curriculum that is anchored in an inquiry-based pedagogy that nurtures curiosity, intellectual growth, and character development.
Diversity is foundational to academic and professional excellence, and therefore is a core value at King. We think, learn, and work more deeply due to the many facets of diversity in our community, including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, age, ability, and learning style. We leverage cultural differences and intellectual diversity to create an inclusive and vibrant learning community, endeavoring for each person to feel seen, heard, valued, and respected.
Job Title: Lower School Early Childhood Teacher
Division: Lower School
Reports to: Head of Lower School
Summary: As we look ahead to the 2023-2024 academic year, King School will open an additional kindergarten class. This is a unique opportunity for an innovative, experienced early childhood educator to help design classroom space, enhance an already excellent program, and collaborate with our PreK and Kindergarten early childhood educators at King.
King School seeks a full-time Lower School Early Childhood Educator who will report to the Head of Lower School. This teacher will be a member of the Early Childhood team and will work in partnership with other educators to deliver a comprehensive, creative, and developmentally appropriate program to five-year-olds in our kindergarten program.
Primary responsibilitiesinclude, but are not limited to:
Design a kindergarten classroom space that builds on the Pre-Kindergarten Reggio-inspired emergent curriculum, materials and resources.
Plan emergent curriculum with team members, including coordination with the Director of Teaching and Learning and Lower School Head.
Use the Project Approach (Chard/Katz) to develop an integrated curriculum that builds cognitive and social/emotional skills.
Use the project-based learning approach to develop a culturally responsive integrated curriculum that builds cognitive and social/emotional skills.
Teach all academic areas of a kindergarten class, including language arts, social studies, and mathematics, in small and large group lessons, as well as individual instruction.
Effectively teach Fundations, Readers and Writers Workshop Model, as well as Investigations mathematics program.
Regularly assess students and develop lessons that align with the student interests, integrating the arts, science, and other academic areas.
Document student learning in visually-interesting and informative ways.
Provide academic and emotional support to students.
Utilize Responsive Classroom methods, including daily Morning Meetings and classroom management strategies.
Create opportunities for students to develop self-regulation skills in a learning environment that emphasizes social-emotional learning, positive interdependence and active listening.
Model fairness and proper behavior.
As a member of a teaching team, meet regularly, share resources, and collaborate effectively.
Be knowledgeable of the information in each student’s Digital Learning Profile.
Use appropriate technology to enhance instruction and communication, including the MyKing portal for report writing and sharing information with parents weekly.
Hold parent conferences and write reports on student progress using the MyKing system.
Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development.
Attend Lower School and all-school faculty meetings, as well as workshops on professional growth and development days held after 3:00 p.m.
Attend Parents’ Night in September/October, Open House etc.
Work in collaboration with the Admission Office in screening applicants.
Work with the Admission Office and Marketing/Communications department to highlight the program and build greater understanding of work in the broader community.
Perform duties as assigned by the Head of Lower School, including recess, lunch, and dismissal.
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred.
Knowledge and experience with Reggio-inspired curriculum and project-based learning.
Proven ability to design an early childhood classroom environment, to create emergent curriculum, and develop documentation to share specifics of programmatic work with multiple constituencies.
Excellent communication skills and ability to constructively collaborate with colleagues and parents.
Experience working collaboratively with other adults in an early childhood setting.
A willingness to work with the Lower School Head to market the program, with a goal of building enrollment.
A willingness to embrace King’s Mission, Virtues, and Diversity Policy Statement.
A strong affinity for young children, flexibility, and a sense of humor are required.
King goes beyond just stating that we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our goal is to intentionally hire a diverse pool of world-class staff and faculty to enrich the educational experience of students. King seeks candidates committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment where varied identities are valued and respected.
King is an independent, college preparatory day school serving students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. We are a diverse, vibrant learning community dedicated to educational excellence and the fullest academic and personal achievement of our students.