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 preschool teacher will be responsible for the general supervision of a class of preschool-aged children.  S/he must be able to relate to and work well with both children and adults. 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 minimum of 24 units of early childhood education is required.  An AA or 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:  2/6/2020

Date Available:  8/20/2020


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

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

• Planning and implementing a developmentally age-appropriate program for the class to which teacher is assigned, keeping in mind the stated goals and philosophy of Saint Mark’s School.

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

• Relating professionally to each child, his/her parents, and other staff.

• Collaborating with grade level, vertical level, and division level colleagues.

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

• Communicating 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.

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

• Supervising 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.).

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

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

• Arriving promptly at assigned time and completing daily tasks.

• Completing CPR, Basic Pediatric First Aid, and all other licensing required training and subsequent renewals when needed.

• Attending all staff meetings and in-service/licensing training programs, Open House, Back-to-School Night, and other school programs as requested.

• Participating in recommended conferences, courses, retreats, etc., and pursuing ongoing professional growth.

• Effectively utilizing and training classroom assistants and volunteers.

• Arranging for own substitute from the approved list, when needed and leaving adequate written plans and instructions.

• Other duties as assigned.


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 Director of Preschool Bailey Tripp at by Friday, February 28th.

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.