Preschool / Early Education Teacher

  • 728 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

La Scuola International School is a private, Preschool - Grade 8 independent school in San Francisco soon to be expanding to the Peninsula with the opening of a new Campus in East Palo Alto in February 2022. 

The school founded its preschool, La Piccola Scuola Italiana,  in 2002 and has earned awards and accolades for its work with Reggio Children in Italy as a leading example of the Reggio Emilia pedagogy in North America.  In 2012, the school expanded its curriculum through grade 8 and is the only school in San Francisco to offer the International Baccalaureate program for the elementary and middle school years as well as the only school in the world to offer a program that blends Reggio Emilia, the International Baccalaureate and Italian language immersion. 

The mission of the school is to inspire brave learners to shape the future. The school does this by believing steadfastly in children’s innate ability to learn and by challenging them academically, creatively and innovatively in an environment that is intentionally designed to elicit creativity and curiosity from those that work there. 

Its language immersion program helps children to develop cognitive skills as well as empathy and awareness of the world around them. The school’s  multicultural and diverse community esteems different perspectives and experiences and strives to educate the global citizens and leaders of tomorrow.

La Scuola International School is accredited by NAIS, CAIS, WASC and CIS and is one of two  Italian schools recognized by the Italian government in the United States.

We believe our community thrives through diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and realities. Only through a persistent drive to listen and learn from one another, create and promote equitable opportunities and to continue to reflect and evolve will we be able to establish systems which will address the needs of the one and the many.

Job Description

We are seeking Preschool / Early Education Teachers for the 2021-22 scholastic year. Applicants should be strong team players and be very proactive and flexible. Final candidates need to be prepared for a teaching demonstration (or a video if they are overseas).
 
This position will report to the Early Childhood Director at our campus in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood or at our Palo Alto Campus opening in February 2022.

Role responsibilities

  • Set educational and developmental goals for the children in your group, both as a group and individually.
  • Prepare the environment (indoor and outdoor) thoughtfully every day so that it supports those objectives.
  • Plan (progettazione) & carrying out appropriate daily curriculum and long term projects to further support those goals.  
  • Assess and document the group dynamic, as well as individual developmental progress toward group and individual goals is required.  
  • Effectively communicate with staff and parents; a weekly bulletin (Momenti) describing classroom activities is required for all classes. The weekly bulletin will also explain why the described activities are chosen and what children are learning through them.
     

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, or Child Development Certificate, or 5+ years experience working with children required;
  • Experience working in a Reggio Emilia inspired school
  • Bilingual and bi-literate in Italian and English with native or near-native Italian proficiency;
  • 4 core classes* of early childhood education:
    • Introduction to the Field of Child Development (3 units) CDEV 65
    • Child Growth and Development (3 units) CDEV 53
    • Child, Family and Community (3 units) CDEV 67
    • Curriculum for Young Children (3 units) CDEV 66

Required Skills and Pre-requisites

  • Fluency in reading, writing and speaking in English/Italian;
  • Knowledge of Reggio Emilia approach;
  • Familiarity with IB-PYP Curriculum framework or inquiry/project based approach;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, as well as outstanding interpersonal skills;
  • Problem solving, creativity, excellent multitasking skills, and ability to thrive in a start-up environment are a must.
  • Ability to plan curriculum, lead other teachers;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to present in public to both parents and other educators;
  • Enjoy working with children, including ones with mild learning differences;
  • Ability to work well in a team and in a very collegial and collaborative environment;
  • Willingness to be an active, enthusiastic member of the La Scuola community;
  • Obvious passion for the academic subject matter being taught;
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion and a diverse community;
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality.
     

Additional Information

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

La Scuola may be able to offer a teachers exchange visa for 3 years, for teachers with a BA in Education / Pedagogy / teaching credentials in their country of origin AND a MINIMUM of two years of teaching experience in a primary/elementary school.

Prior to beginning work and as a condition of employment in order to comply with the law, all employees must provide documentation to prove eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition, the final candidate will need to pass both Criminal Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance and a physical exam, and provide a recent copy of a negative TB test and other immunization records.

BENEFITS 

Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Position receives excellent benefits, including medical, vision and dental coverage. The school also offers group life insurance, employer-matched retirement, long-term disability insurance and commuter benefits for full time employees. Other fringe benefits include PTO, paid holidays, daily warm lunch and outstanding professional development.
 
To be considered for the position, please apply here with your resume, Letter of Intent and three references.

To learn more, visit www.lascuolasf.org 

Non-Discrimination Policy:
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at La Scuola will be based on merit, qualifications and abilities. La Scuola does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition, genetic characteristics, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including hiring, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, layoff, promotion, transfer and access to benefits and training. If you feel you may have been discriminated against on the basis of sex or would like more information, please contact Dani Sollberger, Director of Administration, by email or 415-558-9006 or by mail at 728 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

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