Portland Village School | Portland OR
Position: Kindergarten Teacher 1.0 Full Time Employee Position
Supervised by: Education Coordinator and the Executive Director
Supervises: Educational assistants as applicable
You are excited about belonging to an inclusive, welcoming, and affirming school community. You are passionate about early childhood education, working with Kindergarten students, and have a strong desire to nurture them to explore and grow as learners and human beings. You welcome diversity of race, culture, spirituality, neurology, gender, identity, ability, and orientation.You have a demonstrated interest in and a commitment to ongoing professional learning as a Waldorf educator.
PVS is a Public Waldorf charter school in the Portland Public School District, serving approximately 430 students in grades K-8. Our Kindergarten program combines extensive play based learning enlivened by out-door exploration time; academically rooted in Waldorf education we integrate common core standards in developmentally appropriate ways. Our grades program encompasses an artistically focused, rigorous curriculum that is rich in literacy, language, history, and cultural studies combining real world experiences and applied knowledge. We offer an engaged school community with supportive and interactive parents and a caring and reflective staff committed to providing a joyous, reverent, child-centered education to all.
Our mission is to advance a public Waldorf education that teaches respect and reverence by developing the head, heart, and hands of children from all backgrounds and cultures.
Commitment to Equity:
Portland Village School is committed to advance equity and eliminate disparities within our school community. We strive to identify disparities, inequities, and barriers that exist and to create solutions to eliminate them. Our goal is that all voices are represented in our school community and that we promote an environment in which all of our children are valued regardless of their backgrounds. We achieve this by establishing a common language and framework, identifying and addressing disparities, and collaborating with our entire school community.
About the Position
Our Public Waldorf Kindergarten program develops the head, hands, and heart of young children through play-based exploration, extended outdoor play, nurturing adult guidance, and academic learning through participation in songs, stories, puppetry, games and other activities.
Required Personal Characteristics:
Kindness, patience, energy, and a genuine dedication to public Waldorf education
Ability to create a warm and gentle environment for young children
Commitment to culturally responsive teaching practices
Experience working with and supporting parents and volunteers
Proven ability to collaborate with colleagues, parents and school leadership to support learning
Our Ideal Candidate Would Also Have:
Experience in Waldorf Education
Specifically the ability to model, utilize and message to families Waldorf practices within the classroom, including:
Very limited and intentional use of media
Development of wonder, reverence, respect and gratitude
Focus on developing a balanced child and self development
Willing to incorporate art across content in a variety of mediums
Participation in festivals and traditions, sometimes outside of school hours
Willingness to keep a classroom that is beautiful, organized, and aesthetically pleasing for learning
Two years experience as a teacher or kindergarten assistant preferred
Musical and artistic abilities, including experience with storytelling, puppetry and circle work
An understanding of restorative justice and PBIS in an early childhood classroom setting
• Minimum University bachelor’s degree
• Elementary teaching license in the state of Oregon, or ability to be charter school registered
We are able to Charter Register skilled candidates with a Bachelor's degree who currently do not have a teaching license; we welcome you to apply if your skills fit the duties and most qualifications even if you are not currently a licensed teacher.
• Current Background Check and CPR-First Aid Training.
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
Compensation and Benefits
• Salary range: $44,420 to $58,560 for 1.0 FTE (prorated)
• Employer paid Medical, vision, dental, HSA for employee
• Ten paid holidays (prorated)
• Personal Time Off
• Public Employees Retirement System once vested
HOW TO APPLY
Please email the following to email@example.com and Jstackhouse@portlandvillageschool.org with Kindergarten Teacher in the subject line.
• Cover Letter addressing how your experience relates to your ability to meet the essential responsibilities of this position
• 3 Professional References or Letters of Recommendation and contact information
Incomplete applications will not be considered
Location: Portland Village School
7654 N. Delaware AVE, Portland, OR
Applications accepted starting Jan 6th until the position is filled, for first consideration, please submit application materials by January 13, 2022
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