Preschool Lead Teacher

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 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. The preschool teacher will be responsible for supporting the lead teacher with the general supervision of a class of preschool-aged children and maintaining a safe and engaging preschool classroom environment. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for working with 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 ideal candidate must be able to relate to and work well with both children and adults and cultural competency and ability to navigate and promote sensitivity with issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. The preschool teacher will be under the direct supervision of the preschool director. This position will be evaluated by the preschool director.

The teacher must be professionally prepared to meet licensing requirements as a teacher of young children. A BA in early childhood education or child development is preferred. At least 2 years of prior experience is preferred. Compensation will be based on education and years of experience.

Date Posted:  8/19/21

Position Type:  Preschool Lead Teacher 3-Year-Old Class (Non-exempt)

Hours:  8:00-4:00

Date Available:  August 2021


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

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

Demonstrates professionalism through punctuality, collaboration, organization, participation in meetings and staff development opportunities. Maintains professional behavior including appropriate dress, good judgment, integrity, diplomacy, confidentiality, and a respectful attitude in professional relationships.

Plans and implements a developmentally age-appropriate program for the class to which the teacher is assigned, keeping in mind the stated goals and philosophy of Saint Mark’s School, including in distance learning as applicable.

Establishes a program that carefully considers the needs of each individual child, keeping in mind the stated goals and philosophy of Saint Mark’s School.

Works remotely to perform duties and responsibilities as requested by the Head of School.

Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and equity, fostering a culturally competent and inclusive classroom and actively contributing to a healthy, equitable environment for all members of the community.

Relates professionally to each child, all parents and other staff.

Shows respect and care for each child. Implements school and playground rules and behavior expectations in a professional manner, consistent with the School’s philosophy.

Collaborates with grade level, vertical level, and division level colleagues.

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

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

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

Communicates on an ongoing basis with parents in a professional and positive manner (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, and particularly whenever there is special concern for a child which warrants discussion between parent(s) and teacher.

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

Supervises children in the classroom and on the playground in a manner that is conducive to Title 22 health and safety standards. This includes the responsibility to remain with the children, as necessary, and in the event of an emergency (earthquake, fire, etc.).

Ensures the health and safety of children through visual supervision and by appropriately responding to injuries as well as unexpected circumstances.

Keeps the preschool director aware of children with learning or social-emotional needs or problems that might require intervention or referral.

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

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

Attends all staff meetings and in-service/licensing training programs as requested. Serves on committees and engages in professional group work as necessary.

Participates enthusiastically in Admissions Open House and other school events in support of and as requested by the School.

Demonstrates reflective practice and a growth mindset, setting annual goals and keeping current in contemporary and developmentally appropriate pedagogical thinking, strategies, and techniques through reading of professional journals and attendance at professional conferences, workshops, and courses.

Works collaboratively with and training classroom associate/assistant teachers to meet the needs of the students.

Arranges for own substitute from approved list when requested and leaves adequate written plans and instructions.

Other duties as assigned.


Skills and Qualities:
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Must love working with children and demonstrate enthusiasm for early childhood Creative, energetic, patient, resourceful, flexible, innovative, and cheerful Commitment to development of relevant professional knowledge, skills, and abilities Willingness to try new things
Open to constructive feedback
Superior organizational skills


Physical Abilities:  Job includes some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; some stooping, kneeling, crouching 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 focus. Generally the job requires 15% sitting, 40% walking and 45% standing and the ability to lift or move up to 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

Submissions: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and current resume to Preschool Director Bailey Tripp at

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.


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