Pre-K Lead Teacher

Position Summary:

The Pre-K Lead Teacher is part of the early childhood education team at Briya Public Charter School — a leading two-generation education program serving parents and their young children. Briya is a Tier One Public Charter School, consistently achieving the highest educational outcomes through its innovative, family-centric programming.

Briya’s early childhood program serves children from six weeks through pre-kindergarten. In Briya’s dual-language Pre-K classes, three to five year-olds learn through a project-based curriculum.  Briya teachers draw inspiration from the pedagogical principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, as well as research about best practices for young dual language learners.  Teachers engage in authentic assessment daily and work collaboratively in bilingual inclusion classrooms.  While children attend the early childhood program, their parents attend classes comprised of three highly integrated areas of study: English, parenting, and digital literacy.  Briya also offers workforce development programs for advanced students who wish to pursue career-ready certifications.

Briya has a strategic partnership with Mary’s Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, further strengthening student families with comprehensive medical, dental, and social services.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Planning, Teaching, and Assessment:

  • Plan for and provide high-quality daily instruction that reflects knowledge of child development in a mixed age (three and four) classroom.  Plan for and implementing experiences and activities that span developmental areas and content areas (language, cognitive, social-emotional and physical, as well as literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, etc.).  Support children’s concept and skill development through thoughtful, playful and engaging instruction throughout all parts of the daily schedule.
  • Create and maintain a learning environment that is organized, safe, and responsive to children’s changing interests, abilities, and needs.  Set up interest areas for children and adapt them to relate to current topics of study.  Utilize the framework of the Creative Curriculum, principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, and Anti-Bias Education principles to create and sustain a non-commercial, non-stereotypic classroom learning environment for young children.
  • Create and implement appropriate activities and interactions to advance children’s language and literacy skills in the language of instruction.  Utilize research-based strategies and involve families to acknowledge and promote home language (L1) maintenance in addition to teaching the L2 in the classroom.   Follow a bilingual preschool model that helps children build a strong foundation in oral and written language.
  • Utilize positive relationships with children and families as the foundational component to teaching and learning. Guide children’s behavior in positive ways and maintain a positive social atmosphere.  Use evidence-based strategies to support all children’s social emotional development including explicit teaching of social emotional strategies for children who may benefit from this.
  • Document observations of children on an ongoing basis, link them to curriculum objectives and performance levels, and use them to guide planning and instruction.  Maintain a complete online portfolio for each child as well as paper portfolios as necessary.
  • Consult with teaching team on a regular basis to review student progress, share strategies and resources, as well as make plans to involve families.   Participate in regular MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support) data meetings to generate strategies to support children who struggle to meet assessment benchmarks and curricular expectations.

Family Support and Engagement

  • Demonstrate understanding and competency for two-generation education by engaging in practices that show respect for parents as children’s first teachers.  Examples include listening to parents, actively engaging families in children’s learning in the classroom by sharing children’s accomplishments and classroom information and finding ways to make comfortable sharing information about their child, asking questions, and participating in their child’s education.
  • Create parent-friendly reports that include work samples and photos to summarize information about children’s development and learning to share with families during informal meetings and scheduled parent conferences three times per year.
  • Plan with co-teacher the implementation of parent-child experiences in the classroom (Family Time) for thirty minutes per week.  Model interactions that promote brain development, positive approaches to learning, and effective literacy and language strategies.  Acknowledge and promote the parent-child relationship.
  • Use home visits as opportunities to build or strengthen relationships with children and parents and provide authentic extension ideas or materials to support children’s learning at home.  Treat home visits as opportunities to better understand and utilize each family’s strengths and goals.
  • Demonstrate cultural responsiveness by considering funds of knowledge that each family may contribute as well as cultural and educational differences that may impact schooling.

Professional Learning

  • Reflect on professional development needs and contribute to a culture of learning and reflection by continuing to read and research information on best practices and taking steps to integrate research and professional development into daily practice.
  • Communicate regularly with co-teacher/s about classroom practices, routines, and children.  Use time with other teachers to reflect and plan.
  • Evaluate instructional effectiveness and modify approaches based on feedback, reflection, and assessment.
  • Embrace the mission, philosophy and core values of the school and strive to demonstrate them in daily practice.

Briya Public Charter School values and expects the following from its employees:

  • Professionalism – Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Follows established policies and procedures to support the overall function of the organization.
  • Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures, reports potentially unsafe conditions, and uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time, adhering to a schedule pre-determined between the employee and the supervisor.
  • Dependability – Follows instruction and responds to management direction. Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Financial Management – Contributes to the financial health of the school through dedication to student retention, support of new family recruitment, careful classroom budgeting, and cost-conscious expenditures to meet the needs of the school.

Qualifications:

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Early Childhood or related field
  • Bilingual and bi-literate in English and Spanish, preferred.
  • Minimum of two to three years’ experience working with young children preferably including children dual language learners and children with special needs.
  • Native speaker of the modeling language

Physical Demands – Regularly required to sit; frequently required to reach with hands and arms, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear; must be able to lift objects up to twenty-five (25) pounds.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment – Mostly in a typical office and classroom setting with quiet to moderate noise level.

Work Schedule: Typical hours will be 11-7 2 days, 12-9 2 days, 10-4 Fridays.  The Lead Instructor teaching schedule will be M-F 12:30-3:30 and two evenings (M, Tu, W, or Th) 6-9.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please click here or email your resume and cover letter to tmurithi@briya.org.