Preschool Lead Teacher – Long-term Substitute

Saint Mark’s School is an independent, Episcopal coeducational day school in Altadena, California. Founded in 1960, the School serves the needs of approximately 300 Preschool through Sixth grade students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious and economic backgrounds. The School’s mission is to develop the unique intellect and character of each student in a nurturing environment committed to academic excellence, respect for diversity, responsibility and spiritual growth.

The School is seeking a dynamic, creative, child-centered and well-organized long-term substitute preschool teacher. The preschool teacher will be responsible for the general care and supervision of a class of preschool-aged children and the effective execution of the preschool curriculum, instruction, program and activities. S/he must be able to relate to and work well with both young children and adults and be professionally prepared to meet state licensing requirements as an early childhood teacher.

The ideal candidate will work effectively as a member of a preschool team to plan all aspects of the preschool program within a Responsive Classroom framework. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for teaching preschool-aged children, a growth mindset, flexibility, a commitment to ongoing professional development, strong communication skills and the skills to engage and inspire students. The preschool teacher is responsible for maintaining a safe and engaging preschool classroom environment, assessing and reporting the growth and development of the students, leading parent conferences and managing parent communication.

The preschool teacher will be under the direct supervision of the preschool director.

Position Type: Preschool Lead Teacher – Long-term Substitute

Date Posted: 7/17/2020

Date Available: 8/20/2020


Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include:

● Acts in a manner corresponding to the requirements of the Employee Handbook of Saint Mark’s School or the requests of the preschool director, assistant head of school or head of school.

● Plans and implements developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities for the class to which the teacher is assigned, keeping in mind the stated goals and philosophy of Saint Mark’s School.

● Provides a stimulating learning environment where children can develop their potential and experience growth.

● Maintains a neat, safe, clean, comfortable and child-oriented classroom atmosphere which is appealing in terms of appearance, learning environment and decor.

● Identifies and provides for the needs of individual children, reaching the developmental range of children within the classroom.

● Assesses the growth and development of students with the aim of communicating the progress of the students.

● Relates and communicates effectively with children, parents and colleagues in a professional and positive manner.

● Communicates on an ongoing basis with parents (in person, teacher page, weekly/monthly letters, message boards, etc.) and is available and responsive to parents’ questions and concerns.

● Conferences with parents as needed, particularly whenever there is special concern for a child which warrants discussion between parent(s) and teacher.

● Keeps the preschool director aware of children with special developmental needs or learning differences that might require intervention or referral.

● Supervises children in the classroom and on the playground in a manner that is conducive to Title 22 health and safety standards, including the responsibility to appropriately respond to injuries as well as unexpected circumstances.

● Follows guidelines of Emergency Preparedness Plan and takes responsibility for students’ safety in an emergency situation or drill.

● Assumes an equal share of the housekeeping/set-up responsibilities of the staff.

● Supervises and mentors a classroom associate/assistant, working collaboratively to meet the needs of the students and supervises volunteers as needed.

● Demonstrates professionalism through punctuality, collaboration, organization, participation in meetings and staff development opportunities and maintains a respectful attitude in professional relationships.

● Completes required training each year (CPR, Basic Pediatric First Aid, mandatory reporting and all other licensing required training).

● Participates in Admissions Open House, Back-to-School Night and other school events as necessary.

● Keeps current in contemporary and developmentally appropriate pedagogical thinking, strategies and techniques through reading of professional journals and attendance at professional conferences, workshops and courses.

● Serves on committees and engages in professional group work as necessary.

● Arranges for own substitute from the approved list when needed and leaves adequate written plans and instructions.

● Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualities:

● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

● Must love working with children

● Creative, energetic, patient, collaborative, resourceful, flexible, nurturing and cheerful

● Superior organizational skills and the cultural competence to work well with diverse constituent groups

● Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and seeks to include issues of social justice and service-learning into the curriculum in developmentally appropriate ways

● A minimum of 24 units of early childhood education, including core courses, is required. An associate of arts or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or child development is preferred.

● 2-5 years of teaching experience in early childhood is preferred

Physical Abilities : Job includes some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, sitting low on the ground and/or crawling; hearing, speaking, observing and significant fine finger dexterity. Specific abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust and focus. Generally, the job requires 15% sitting, 40% walking and 45% standing and the ability to lift or move 50 pounds. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations, a generally hazard free environment and in a clean atmosphere.

Salary: As per pay scale

Benefits: A full benefits package includes medical, dental and vision coverage and a TIAA/CREF retirement plan.

Submissions: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and current resume to Preschool Director Bailey Tripp at by Friday, July 31 .

Non-Discrimination Policy : Saint Mark’s School is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.