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Temple Israel - Early Childhood Support Teacher

  • 28 Jun 2022 8:10 PM
    Message # 12832100


    Early Childhood Support Teacher Opening 2022-23 Temple Israel Early Childhood Center

    Part-time or Full-time 9-month or 12-month Starting August 22, or sooner

    Please submit cover letter and resume to Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl, ECC Director, at:Sharon@TempleIsrael.com.

    Temple Israel Early Childhood Center is a NAEYC accredited, Reggio-inspired, diverse Jewish preschool where children and families build Jewish identity, culture, and values. 


    • DHS Head Teacher Qualifications a plus but not required

    • Knowledge of Judaism, Anti-Bias Education, Reggio Emilia, Teaching Strategies Gold and/or NAEYC accreditation standards are a plus.

      Job Summary

    • Move throughout the school to support learners and colleagues as needed

    • Sometimes provide one-on-one support to learners, as needed

    • Flexible and enthusiastic at working with toddlers, preschoolers, and pre-kindergarteners.

      Responsibilities and Duties

    • A typical day for a support teacher might involve starting off in one classroom to welcome learners as they enter the school day, then shifting to other classrooms when additional support is needed

    • Covering breaks for classroom teachers

    • Learning the rituals and routines of each classroom community

    • Following directions and lead of classroom teachers

    • Hands-on things that this support teacher might encounter:

    • Helping with meals (serving milk/water, opening containers, facilitating conversation between learners as they eat)
    • Helping with transitions, going to and from classroom
    • Changing diapers
    • Helping with art explorations or other classroom endeavors that need more grown-up support
    • Being a go-to person for learners who need more one-on-one time

    This position can be a pathway to becoming a head teacher in a classroom in future school years. It is a great place to start because we will mentor and support early career teachers, as well as a wonderful position for experienced teachers who want a change of pace and fresh start in a new environment.


    Typical support teacher schedule would be:
    – 1:45 M-F = 28.75 hours a week at school
    Plus 2 hours/weekly for paid PD and staff meeting = 30.75 hours a week, which is full time and qualifies for benefits.
    Aftercare hours could be added for those who wanted more weekly hours.
    Hours could be reduced below 30 for those who would like part time work.


    Starting pay is $16-$19 an hour depending upon education and experience.
    Support teachers are paid 2 hours per week, in addition to classroom hours, for staff meeting and professional development.

    30.75 hours a week school year would start at $20,664 – $24,539 per year. 30.75 hours a week 12 month would start at $25,584 - $30,381 per year. 40 hours a week 12 months would start at $33,280 - $39,520 per year.


    • 403(b) retirement, 4% employer contribution after two years of employment

    • Dental Insurance

    • Health Insurance

    • Paid time off for

    Holidays (Reform Jewish and Federal), Winter break, Passover break, Summer break (week of Fourth of July) for those who work 12 months

    Sick time, including for care of family as stipulated by Minneapolis Sick and Safe

    Time Ordinance.

    Bereavement pay

    Personal time

    Paid time for professional development, including Pediatric First Aid and CPR certification

    Testimonials from Current Staff

    ...teachers are listened to. Our opinions matter. We get what we need to be successful. - Miriam

    ...when you join the ECC, you join a family. The professional coaching is priceless. You have acommunity that supports you. I have been here 20 years, this is home! - Shiri

    ...the ECC is an inclusive, supportive, highly professional, and loving workplace. Both my kids are alums and I’ve been here 15+ years. - Justin

    ...the ECC leadership excels at supporting staff personally and professionally. The staff work as a team. We want the best for each other and for our community of learners and their families. -Rebecca

    School culture

    • We work together as a team, creating a positive work environment.

    • We are attentive and responsive to our learners, creating a warm and nurturing community where each child feels included and accepted.

    • We interact with the children to support learning through exploration and play.

    • We facilitate children’s social competence and ability to learn through interacting with others.

    • We build rapport with parents through effective communication.

    • We design classroom schedules that are consistent and predictable, with transitions that are handled calmly and with planning and communicated using a picture schedule.

    • We use visuals to decrease anxiety and increase confidence and self-regulation.

    • We are inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, focusing on making the experiences, ideas and learning of the children visible, launching studies responsive to the children’s interests, devoting time to observing children, documenting observations and reflecting together as teaching teams.

    • We build Jewish identify, culture and values. We facilitate key Jewish experiences for children such as Havdalah, Shabbat, visiting a Sukkah and shaking a Lulav, a Tu B’Shvat Seder, a Purim costume parade and more. Ritual objects become familiar to the children as do Hebrew words and songs and Jewish stories.

    • We value anti-bias education, supporting our learners as they celebrate their own identity as well as learn about the identities of others, building on that knowledge and experience to stand up for themselves and others in the face of unfairness or prejudice. To that end we incorporate equity and anti-bias work into our explorations with our learners, discussing topics such as race and gender, fairness and unfairness.

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