Saint Anne’s Day School is a vibrant community of child and adult learners. A long-time leader in the field of early childhood education, the Day School has been a pioneer in embracing Reggio-inspired practices and continues to innovate in child-centered approaches to learning.
We are seeking professionals who have a strong understanding of child development and best practices in early childhood education to skillfully lead an emergent, inquiry-based curriculum. Collaboration is a cornerstone of our program. Individuals committed to reflective practice, teaming, and growth will thrive in our environment.
- Paid Time Off (7 days); Educators work 10 months and have all school holidays off, including a week for Thanksgiving, Christmas break, Spring Break (private school calendar), and Spring Break (public school calendar).
- 403b retirement plan with a generous matching option
- Flexible Spending Account with an annual school contribution
- Childcare available for employees
Essential Requirements, Duties, and Responsibilities
Work hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Friday; additional hours for staff meetings, professional development, parent events, and parent/teacher conversations.
- Participate in all pre- and post-planning days according to the annual calendar. Participate in all professional development days, conference days, parent nights, and school events as required.
- Be familiar with information contained in the Employee and Parent Handbooks, Emergency Procedures Manual, Day School Dateline, and Educator Weekly Updates. Adhere to all policies and procedures outlined therein, including beginning and end of year procedures. Maintain professional behavior and appearance at all times.
- Have basic working knowledge of word processing software and photo editing software.
- Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education or child development is strongly preferred
- Experience in early childhood education or care is required
The following duties and responsibilities support the core beliefs that guide our policies and practices:
The Image of the Child
Inspired by social constructivist philosophies, including the Reggio Emilia Approach, Day School Educators believe each child is a unique and capable individual deserving of respect. The role of the educator is to facilitate learning experiences for children and learn alongside them. Educators encourage creativity and collaboration and embrace mistakes as an opportunity for growth.
- Guide and nurture trusting relationships with and between children; research and learn beside them.
- Understand the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards and intentionally lead a child-directed, emergent curriculum that promotes the development of the whole child.
- Have a strong understanding of each child’s individual development and progress and design small group experiences outlined in your projections to support each child’s growth.
Collaboration and Documentation as a Practice
Day School Educators are curious, kind, and highly professional. They value collaboration and teamwork and demonstrate these qualities in their daily interactions with colleagues, administrators, and parents. Documentation is a critical part of an Educator’s responsibilities; therefore, they are observant, reflective, and intentional. They have strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Collaborate daily with colleagues and staff to support the school community, ensure continuity, and enrich classroom experiences. Share and discuss work openly with all colleagues. Participate in collaborative meetings by schedule or request.
- Communicate proficiently orally and in writing with all constituencies, respecting and maintaining confidentiality regarding children, families, co-workers, and Day School business operations.
- Keep accurate and current records of each child’s progress and growth. According to the school calendar, schedule and conduct parent conversations for each child.
The Environment as the Third Teacher
The Day School is a uniquely inspiring environment. Our indoor and outdoor spaces are designed to be functional, beautiful, and reflective of children’s learning. Educators create environments that are responsive to the interests and needs of children. They also utilize elements of the environment as tools and materials with which children express themselves.
- Intentionally utilize indoor and outdoor spaces; make children’s learning visible through daily experiences such as investigations and short and long-term projections.
- Provide an organized environment rich with materials that provoke opportunities for children to relate and interact in spontaneous, self-directed ways. The classroom and school environment should be beautiful, organized, and supportive of young children’s highest potential and work.
- Assist in providing a clean and orderly classroom and school environment, encouraging responsibility by giving children developmentally-appropriate tasks.