We are currently hiring for two part-time Lead Teacher positions - one for our Morning program, and on for our Afternoon program. The Lead Teachers are responsible for planning weekly and monthly activities, tracking long-range learning goals, and providing an excellent level of care for the infants and toddlers in our program.
Start date: Immediately
Classroom Ages: 4 Months - 2.5 Years
Salary: $12.53-14.00 per hour, dependent on experience. Paid holidays when the school is closed, and 2 days PTO every year.
Schedule: The Morning program runs 8:30-12:30. The Morning Lead Teacher will need to arrive at 8:15 to prepare the classroom, and will stay through 1:30 to clean up and assist with the arrival of the Afternoon children. On 2-3 days per week, the Morning Lead Teacher will be provided a planning period of 1-1.5 hours to take place after the Morning Program (possibly 1:30-2:30 or 3pm).
The Afternoon program runs 1:00-5:00pm, Monday-Friday. The Afternoon Lead Teacher will need to arrive at 12:45 to prepare the classroom, and will stay through 5:15 to clean up. On 2-3 days per week, the Afternoon Lead Teacher will be provided a planning period of 1-1.5 hours to take place before the Afternoon Program (possibly 11:30am-12:30pm).
*Provide care and instruction for classroom in accordance with Nido principles.
*Guide the children in their day-to-day educational and play activities while engaging children with language, social interaction, and physical movement
*In collaboration with the team, develop and implement curriculum and behavioral plans for individual children, as well as behavioral management plans whenever necessary.
*Manage the environment of the classroom, including preparing and cleaning the classroom each day.
*Communicate with parents about their children's activities and answer questions as needed.
*Participate in community meetings once every term (4 per year) - community meetings are a chance to discuss with parents what went well that term and what we could alter for the next term. Attend social events, when possible.
*Commit to community-building and creating a cooperative work environment
What is Nido? Nido Durham is a new coworking and childcare space near downtown Durham, NC. We opened our doors in June 2015 and our enrollment is growing rapidly. We offer a shared office space ("coworking space") as well as an on-site Montessori-inspired school serving children up to 5 years of age. Our mission is to provide a setting where both parents and children thrive by engaging in meaningful work without having to sacrifice closeness with one another and to honor the child's work by providing a nurturing and high-quality Montessori-inspired education for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers while maintaining and fostering the crucial parent-child bond. You can read more about our story and mission at www.nidodurham.com.
What is our educational philosophy? Above all else, we believe in respect for our children and their development, treating them with the same values we hope to instill in them. We chose to root our pedagogy in the foundational principles of Montessori Method, not only because we believe in it for our own children, but because we see the ideals of Montessori reflected in our coworking space, too. The founders of Nido have educational backgrounds in psychology, social work, the arts, and business development. We have incorporated this into our pedagogy and utilize our knowledge of developmental psychosocial theories (such as mindfulness, flow state, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, distress tolerance skills, and effective interpersonal communication, play-based learning, gentle parenting, etc) to complement and round out our curriculum.
*Deep respect for children and the ability to interact with them with intentionality and dignity, especially under high-stress circumstances
*Ability to balance needs of individual children with those of the classroom and community as a whole
*Value placed on the importance of the parent-child bond
*Exceptional interpersonal communication skills
*2+ years of experience working with young children in a preschool setting
*Understanding and alignment with the mission and values of Nido Durham
*Experience in/or understanding of the Montessori Method preferred but not required
*Early Childhood Credentials preferred, but experience and demonstrated classroom success is the most important factor.
All applicants will undergo a background check and will be required to complete a paid trial day as a classroom assistant, as well as a training period.
Please apply with your resume and a cover letter detailing how you would be a good fit for our program.