CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

TIGARD PLAYSCHOOL, TIGARD, OR

 

Tigard Playschool is a parent cooperative preschool for two-, three- and four-year-olds. Classes are
conducted at Tigard United Methodist Church in Tigard, OR. An elected parent board of directors
administers the school.

 

  • Class size: up to 20 four-year-olds (1 lead teachers, 1 assistant teacher and 2/3 parent helpers

  • Classroom hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday - Thursday

  • We follow the Tigard/Tualatin School District calendar for holidays and unexpected closures.

  • Teacher contracts are reviewed yearly.

  • Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm


Tigard Playschool began at Tigard United Methodist Church as a private kindergarten, becoming
incorporated as a non-profit organization on May 12, 1958. Tigard Kindergarten and a preschool, Tigard
Playschool, merged on December 18, 1974 as Tigard Playschool, Inc. (TPI), serving Tigard and the
surrounding communities. TPI became a member of the Parent-Child Preschools Organization (PCPO) in
the late 1970s, gaining cooperative preschool status.


PreK Class Lead Teacher
Tigard Playschool is seeking a PreK class Lead Teacher to join our play-based cooperative team. Ideally this will be one teacher to allow for consistency for the children. As Lead Teacher you will work collaboratively with other teachers, volunteer board and enrolled parents, to provide an enriching preschool experience for our children.


At Tigard Playschool, parents and teachers work together as a team to create a safe and secure
environment in which our children learn and grow. The values we hold for children’s experiences at
Tigard Playschool are reflected in the day’s schedule. We want children’s time here to be characterized
by the following:

  • Long uninterrupted choice time in which children’s questions, understandings, emotions and explorations are valued.

  • Opportunities for children to form relationships with each other are encouraged, fostered, and supported by adults. Value is placed on creating a community shaped by playfulness, inquiry and affection in which conflicts are seen as opportunities to strengthen connections and practice cooperation and collaboration.

  • Opportunities to get messy and dive into sensory exploration.

  • The use of different media to represent their thoughts, ideas, experiences and feelings.

  • Safe places for children to be strong and powerful in their bodies, engage in bold physical play and risk taking.

  • Time, space, and supplies for children to transform materials; making, shaping, taking apart and recreating.

  • Adults moving with respect and quiet gentleness in the classrooms, acknowledging with our voices, movements and demeanor that this is a child’s space.


Qualifications:
The right candidate for this position will embrace the co-op model, have strong skills in directing and working with adults, and have the enthusiasm and energy to lead preschoolers in fun, engaging and meaningful learning experiences. Qualifications for working with children include knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices, the ability to build relationships with children and parent teachers, and guide learning in a play-based environment. This position requires a double focus. As well as planning, preparing, and leading daily class times, there will also be administrative duties which are paramount to the success of our school. Background knowledge and/or experience of cooperative preschools a bonus!


Experience as a Preschool Teacher:

  • CDA in early childhood education, or relevant experience.

  • CPR and First Aid Certification or willingness to obtain before start date.

  • Have a solid understanding of the principles of child development and the importance of play.

  • Excellent communication skills and cooperative attitude.

  • Ability to act as a mediator between children in conflict resolution.

  • Cool-tempered, friendly, punctual, and reliable.

  • A balance between a creative mind and a practical understanding.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prior to the school year, assist with school set-up and orientation. Engage with families and children individually. Review and revise the daily class schedule and written guidelines/schedules for parent/teachers. 

  • On an ongoing basis, create and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum plans that allow for and respond to child emergent activities and play, in collaboration with enrolled parents/volunteer board. 

  • Organize and oversee all activities of each class session. Model respectful, non-coercive care and support our problem solving, child-centered, anti-bias and play-based philosophies. Promote a positive, comfortable environment that encourages each child's self-esteem. 

  • Work closely with parents/caregivers as assistant teachers in class, as co-workers at parent meetings, and as a resource person on issues of child development. In collaboration with the teachers/volunteer board, train your assistant to act as a substitute teacher when you are absent. 

  • Work with other teachers to maintain a healthy preschool environment (coordinate class set-up, share materials, discuss child development, respond to parent concerns, schedule visiting times, etc.).

  • Participate in parent education, including co-teaching at parent meetings, and as needed, informal or formal parent teacher conferences. 

  • Participate in evening meetings: one board meeting each month. 

  • Participate in enrollment decisions with the teachers/volunteer board. 

  • Participate in and support ongoing special events, including summer park playdates, community building events, and fundraising activities.

  • Participate in, attend, or lead workshops related to child/family studies.

  • Daily arrangement of school equipment, some heavy lifting required.

 

Application Information:
Submit a resume, references, the position you are applying for, and a cover letter to:
presidentelect@tigardplayschool.com


Application Deadline:
Resumes must be received by March 26th. All applicants who have returned completed materials by this
date will be contacted. The Hiring Committee will select applicants to interview based on resume review. We will be starting the interview process as soon as possible.


We are an equal opportunity workplace and employer.

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Beaverton, OR 97075

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