Assistant Teachers for Tri-City Area
August 9 or September 6, 2022
As an Assistant Teacher for Bezos Academy, you share our passion for early-childhood education and the Montessori method, drawing your energy from working in a child-initiated learning process. Your responsibilities will include assisting lead teachers in developing and implementing a program that promotes the cognitive, language, emotional, social, and physical development of each child. Drawing on your previous experience working with young children, you will support lead classroom teachers in high-quality, tuition-free, Montessori-inspired programs in our growing network of preschools in underserved communities.
SCHEDULES, BENEFITS, AND COMPENSATION
School schedules vary depending on community needs but generally range from 8am-5:30pm, with teachers staggered across these hours with varying start and end times totaling no more than 8 hours per day. Your specific schedule will be determined with your school leader when considering all staff, classroom, and community needs.
This is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt/hourly position, eligible for full benefits on the first day of employment, including but not limited to paid time-off, 401k savings, health/dental/vision coverage, and a $2,500 employer contribution toward childcare.
Starting compensation for this position is $21-26 per hour (~$43,700- $54,000 per year) depending on qualifications and experience.
This position offers a $2,000 sign-on bonus ($1,000 on first paycheck and $1,000 after 90 days).
MONTESSORI TRAINING, LOCATIONS, AND START DATES
We are actively hiring for Assistant Teachers available for two possible start dates in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Our new preschool is likely to open in the fall of 2022. Regardless of school launch date, teachers joining Bezos Academy to launch a new school will begin as full-time, paid employees August 9 or September 6 depending on which training program you attend.
All Assistant Teachers will attend a summer training focused on the Bezos Academy academic model and grounding in the Montessori method.
You also have the opportunity to earn, at no cost to you, a MACTE-accredited Primary Montessori certificate. This specialized training program will prepare you to be a Montessori Lead Teacher in the future and will include learning all Montessori materials, lessons, and theory. The program requires a minimum of 600 hours across 1-2 years, with 400 of those hours being classroom practice during the workday. The other 200 hours will occur during summer training, professional learning days, and up to 10 hours/month outside of work hours. On the application, please indicate whether you wish to be considered for the Primary Montessori certification program. You will be notified of selection at time of job offer from Bezos Academy if you are offered a job. Enrolling in this program is entirely optional and will have no bearing on hiring decisions.
If you are selected for this program, your start date will be August 9th. If you do not wish to enroll in the Montessori certification program or are not selected, your start date will be September 6th.
LOCATION: our first preschool in the Tri-Cities area is located at 333 W Court St, Pasco, WA 99301.
•Experience working with children ages 3-5
•Washington Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate or equivalent (Child Development Associate or 12 aligned credit hours) OR willingness to acquire this certification immediately upon hire
•Ability to meet Washington state requirements for teacher assistants prior to start date, including passing background checks and requisite trainings
•Age 18 with high school diploma or GED
•Experience working across lines of difference and strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
•Ability to supervise, communicate effectively with, and care for young children safely
•Two or more years of experience as an assistant teacher or aide in a preschool
•Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or two years of post-secondary coursework in Early •Childhood Education that meet Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Educational Professionals
*NOTE: The combination of responsibilities may vary based on the needs of the school site, students, and prior experiences of the Assistant Teacher.
•Work cohesively with the lead teacher’s plans to prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active Montessori learning experiences. Over time, lead some classroom instructional activities, such as group time or transitions
•Support lead teacher with planning Montessori learning activities
•Depending on experience and instructional readiness, give individual Montessori lessons to students in coordination with the lead teacher
•Assist in guiding every child through self-directed activities, allowing them to develop at his or her own pace
•Along with lead teachers, foster a nurturing, safe, and stimulating, non-competitive environment
•Assist teachers in maintaining records on each child’s progress and development
•Observe each child daily to assess skills, interests, and needs and use this information to facilitate learning and growth
•Assist teachers with the full implementation of Bezos Academy’s performance standards, policies, and procedures
•Support Bezos Academy classrooms by following regulations and guidelines in the day-to-day operation of the classroom (i.e., cleaning materials, meal prep, nap time transitions, etc.)
•Prepare and maintain a well-organized, safe, and attractive classroom environment conducive to the optimal growth and development of children
•Organize materials and clean the workspace to facilitate the learning process for each child
•Support children’s increasing independence with daily living skills (i.e., washing hands, using the bathroom, eating meals and snacks, cleaning up, etc.)
•Individual student support
•Develop a positive relationship with each child and promote the development of self-esteem and self-discipline
•Provide 1:1 support for children who are experiencing big feelings
•Provide 1:1 support for children who are at risk for developmental delays
•Participate in team meetings, center activities, and staff development
•Assist lead teachers in conducting staff/family conferences
•Establish a positive relationship with each child’s family and share information about the child’s day at the preschool
•Lift up to 20 lbs. frequently and up to 50 lbs. occasionally to care for young children safely
•Assume postures at low levels (e.g. kneeling, stooping, bending, and sitting on the floor) as needed to communicate effectively with children