The Preschool Teacher works closely with the Preschool staff, guiding the students in activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being in the philosophical guidelines of the Nature Preschool and Montessori principles in a nature based setting.
Preschool Director and Director of Education
Collaboratively work with the Preschool staff to teach and develop curriculum and prepare the environment and materials.
Maintain strong positive relationships with preschoolers and parents
Maintain a safe and tidy preschool space, indoors and outdoors
Attend preschool meetings and staff meetings and take initiative in seeking out professional development opportunities
Participate in beginning school year prep, orientation, and end of school year clean up
Assist with special events and fundraising efforts
Prepare parent-provided snack and assist with clean-up.
Assist in the Daily Sign-In & Out of students updating parents on daily activities when needed
Help monitor the safety of students while walking up and down the trail keeping them encouraged and engaged. Model trail safety for parent chaperones.
Share the responsibility for the safety and well-being of the children monitoring their whereabouts at all times
Use positive guidance and redirection when necessary
Model appropriate manners and behavior to help keep children calm, attentive, and safe.
Assist with transition periods including washing of hands and putting on outdoor gear while encouraging responsibility and independence
Report any incidents or concerns to Preschool Director, and parents when needed
Help with the maintenance of classroom inventory and student records keeping things clean and orderly
Guide and model proper stewardship for the outdoor space
Encourage teamwork, sharing, and friendship while respecting student’s needs to work alone
Model integrity, curiosity, responsibility, creativity, and respect for everyone as well as appreciation for diversity
Must embrace the mission of Stokes Nature Center
Prior teaching experience is required
Background check required
Current CPR, AED, and First Aid and Food Handlers certification is required or willingness to become certified within two weeks of employment.
A degree in early childhood education is preferred but not required
Nature education and Montessori experience is preferred but not required
Must have the ability and willingness to meet the physical demands of the position (i.e., hike over rugged terrain, bending, kneeling, lift 50 pounds, teaching outdoors in all weather).
Exhibit positive and professional communication with children, parents, and staff
Maintain efficiency and orderliness in carrying out tasks
Must possess the ability to guide the children in a calm, encouraging, and consistent manner
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Sadie Enright, Nature Preschool Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Nature Preschool Teacher Application. Position open until filled. Questions can be addressed to email@example.com or 435-755-5017.