Preschool Substitute Teacher
Schedule: Flexible, part-time position with variable hours based on need
Compensation: $15.00-$18.00 per hour based on education and experience
Dodge Nature Preschool operates as part of the Dodge Nature Center; grounds include woodlands, prairie, ponds, wetlands, and a model farm with animals, gardening program, a greenhouse, apple orchard, maple syrup making facility, and apiary. A state-of-the-art preschool building with three outdoor/indoor classrooms provides early childhood nature education throughout the seasons. Regular class size is 18-20 three, four, and five-year-old children with 3 teachers.
Dodge Nature Preschool welcomes all families and values diversity in the broadest sense including ethnicity, ability, gender identity, gender expression, family structure, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstances and religion. Our school seeks to promote equitable access to nature-based early childhood education for all communities, especially those for whom access has been denied historically. We acknowledge our responsibility to work to challenge bias and prejudice and listen to the voices of our community.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES
Assist teachers in carrying out our seasonal and nature-inspired educational program
Supervise children in classrooms, on the playground, and during hiking field trips
Interact with children to encourage positive self-concept and enthusiasm for then discovery process through open-ended questions.
Knowledge of and ability to maintain developmentally appropriate expectations and learning opportunities for young children
Prepare and care for the classroom and playground.
Maintain appropriate working relationship with other staff members and parents.
Qualified as teacher assistant as per Rule 3, Minnesota State Licensing.
Coursework in early childhood education, child development, or related field, or related experience working with young children in an educational setting preferred.
Certified in Pediatric CPR & First Aid or ability to obtain this before employment
Ability to take primary responsibility for a group of 6 children.
Sensitivity to the needs, abilities, and vulnerabilities of children
Sensitivity to the feelings of other adults.
Excellent communication skills.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF THIS POSITION:
• This position requires active participation with children up to 6 hours per day in the classroom, playground, and throughout the Nature Center.
• Must be able to lift and carry 50lbs. to waist level.
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Amy Warzybok (she/her), Preschool Director