Paideia is an independent pre K-12 college preparatory school in the Emory University area of Atlanta. The half day program consists of separate morning and afternoon classes for children 3, 4, and 5 years old. The morning class is from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m., and the afternoon class is from 11:45 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Each group has its own team of teachers. This position is for the afternoon class. Teachers in the half day classes promote social, emotional and intellectual growth through a rich environment emphasizing exploration, imagination, interaction, and communication.
Each class is staffed by a lead teacher, an assistant teacher, and two teaching aides. The teachers are experts in child development and skilled at making fine-tuned observations of individual differences in children and in designing experiences that promote each child's development. Our belief is that play in childhood forms the foundation upon which learning is based. Teachers are actively engaged with children throughout the day - building on the floor, reading, painting, or being part of an elaborate pretend play drama. The ongoing goal is to foster language and communication, expansion of ideas, connections with other children, and problem solving. Much of the time is spent in spontaneous play and interaction. In semi-structured activities we create situations in which children are motivated to learn the skills we are trying to teach.
The half-day program is intentionally designed to foster certain qualities, attitudes, and skills; we want our children:
to love to come to school;
to feel safe, happy, and valued;
to feel secure enough to take risks because that's how growth and learning happen;
to love learning;
to enjoy using their minds and bodies to acquire skills, solve problems, and meet challenges;
to take initiative and responsibility;
to learn to make constructive choices;
to develop their own affinities and "passionate preferences;"
to use the resources of this rich environment to pursue their interests.
As teachers, we want:
to really listen to the children and pay close attention to what they are doing so that they feel known and appreciated for who they are;
to help the children celebrate what they can do right now and expand their skills, knowledge, and understanding;
to join children in what they are doing and stretch them a little to try something they might be ready for or challenge their thinking in appropriate ways.
Required Skills and Experience
We are looking for someone with a strong background in early childhood education, at least five years of experience working with 3 - 5 year olds, and experience and a commitment to a play-based curriculum.
Important personal qualities include a love and understanding of children and early childhood; a knowledge, understanding, and successful exhibition of learning strategies to support all students in learning; the ability to work collaboratively as a part of a team; and the ability to create a positive, nurturing environment for the student; the ability to communicate in a direct and supportive way with parents; a desire to participate in the life of the Paideia community.
As a condition of employment, all employees hired after August 19, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and able to provide proof of such vaccination.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A benefits package is offered for benefits-eligible positions. The Paideia School is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references via our online application.
Paideia is a K-12 college preparatory school of 999 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta; the elementary school enrolls 333 students. The elementary program includes twelve full-day, self-contained classrooms grades K-6. There are two teachers in each class of twenty-six to twenty-eight children. Teachers work together as lead teacher and assistant or as two co-lead teachers. Other than classes with specialists including art, music, physical education, and library, children remain with their own teachers throughout the day.
We believe the constellation of relative strengths and weaknesses among any group of students can differ widely; teachers decide when and how to offer extra help, when and where to augment a task to provide extra challenge, and when and why to take a step back to allow a child to process information. Social development is an integral part of a child’s maturation. Teachers help children learn how to work together cooperatively and effectively.