Preschool Assistant Teacher (San Francisco, CA)
La Scuola International School is a private, Preschool - Grade 8 independent school in San Francisco with a new campus in East Palo Alto for the 2022-23 school year.
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.
We are interested in teachers with some knowledge of the Reggio Emilia approach and IB-PYP (IB Primary Years Programme). This position will begin immediately and will report to the Early Childhood Director at our campus in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood.
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).
Bachelor's degree in Education, or Child Development Certificate, or 2+ years experience working with children preferred;
Experience working with young children;
Bilingual and bi-literate in Italian and English preferred;
Attendance of Early Childhood Education classes preferred;
Assistant teachers will be required to complete a Child Development Certification during the first year of employment (some financial support will be provided).
Required Skills and Pre-requisites
Knowledge of Reggio Emilia approach preferred;
Some familiarity with IB-PYP Curriculum framework or inquiry/project based approach preferred;
Outstanding interpersonal skills;
Nurturing personality, creativity, excellent multitasking skills;
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;
Commitment to equity, inclusion and a diverse community;
Excellent attendance and punctuality.
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.
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. Other fringe benefits include PTO, paid holidays, daily warm lunch and outstanding professional development.
Estimated hourly rate: $26 - $47 / hour depending on credentials, qualifications and experience.
To be considered for the position, please apply here with a letter of intent, a resume and a minimum of 3 references. More information about our school can be found here https://www.lascuolasf.org/.
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.