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The Gardner School is seeking a dynamic, experienced, highly skilled classroom teacher to
join our community as the school’s next Pre-K Early Childhood Teacher. This is an exciting
opportunity to collaborate with school leadership and faculty on growing and developing
Gardner’s early childhood program and advancing the school’s impact in the SW
Washington and Portland metro area. We are looking for a compelling classroom teacher
who is committed to progressive education, inspired to innovate, and able to add value to
our outstanding school.
In this program, children develop from a world of play where creativity, socialization, and
personal interests are embraced. The Early Childhood Teacher would create an
environment where young students grow in their understanding of self, others, and their
environment, while establishing habits and practices to help them succeed in school. A
candidate would need to create a play-based curriculum using open-ended materials and
invitations to learning, focusing on thematic units throughout the year. The Early Childhood
Teacher would work closely with families to monitor and assess student growth and to
communicate progress.
The Gardner School seeks to develop confident and competent learners who manage their
own learning, think critically and with curiosity, take pride in the quality of their work,
effectively participate in collaborative learning, and contribute to the classroom, the school,
and the broader community. The early childhood classroom is the foundational experience
for Gardner students, so the school experience for these students is the basis for a love of
learning that will carry them forward in their future at Gardner.
In addition to the qualifications listed below, the ideal Early Childhood Teacher candidate
will be highly effective in using progressive educational strategies such as inquiry-, project-,
and place-based, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning. Confidence using multiple
intelligence concepts and vocabulary is preferred. The ideal teacher can differentiate and
individualize instruction in ways that maximize student engagement and achievement. This
teacher can expertly guide students through long-range thematic learning experiences and
culminating projects and presentations. This teacher also will provide an engaging,
stimulating, and unique experience for students, inspiring them to high levels of curiosity
and critical reasoning.
● Teach classes as assigned, providing effective and professional classroom
instruction, assessment, and management.
● Observe and document children’s work and words and create anecdotal records
to correspond with each section of our developmental continuum.
● Design and implement curriculum and instruction consistent with Gardner’s
mission, values, and pedagogy.
● Collaborate with colleagues on curriculum development and on enhancing
instructional practices and strategies.
● Establish effective communications and relationships with students and parents.
● Help to maintain school policies, regulations, and expectations per DCYF protocol
● Develop and maintain professional, collaborative, and collegial relationships with
faculty and staff, as well as with community partners.
● Support the work of the Head of School and administrative/leadership team.
● Exhibit a growth mindset about teaching practices and work toward professional
goals and development.
● Participate in non-classroom activities, including community events, curriculum
nights, field trips, and student trips.
● Provide effective supervision of students to promote a safe and healthy
environment and school experience.
● Timely and professional completion of required reports and forms.
● Represent the school at community or public events.
● Fulfill other responsibilities as assigned respective to faculty member’s status as a
Gardner community member.
● Earned AA or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood education or a related field
from an accredited institution
● Demonstrated completion of DCYF (DEL) certification.
● Demonstrated success working with and supporting the multiple intelligences.
● Demonstrated the type of language that supports social and emotional
● Demonstrated success in creative and experiential curriculum development.
● Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills; ability to effectively
communicate and work with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students.
● Proficiency with computers, Google Drive, and word processing, database, and
other classroom technologies.
● Demonstrated ability to create an effective learning environment and interact
effectively with people from different cultures and experiences.
● An awareness about learning differences and how they can expand teaching
practices and student success.
Interested candidates can find instructions for applying for this position on the Gardner Employment page.

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