Early School Teacher
Rivermont Collegiate is a co-educational, independent school offering an exclusively college preparatory program. Its eight and one-half acre campus is located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Bettendorf, Iowa. Founded in 1884, Rivermont is the only Preschool through 12th Grade college preparatory, day and boarding school in the Quad Cities.
Rivermont Collegiate is seeking a full-time teacher for our 2 and 3-year-old preschool classroom for the 2020-2021 school year. The Early School Teacher, along with classroom aides, is a guide who orchestrates learning for students in ways that are engaging, challenging, and relevant. The successful candidate is a resourceful and innovative teacher who utilizes a range of pedagogical techniques and reaches all learners. All students will feel safe, respected, and confident in the environment created by this candidate.
Key Responsibilities and Duties
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Fully embrace Rivermont Collegiate’s “crib through college” philosophy of preparing the student for preschool and beyond
- Recognize and embrace diversity
- Work collaboratively
- Personalize instruction and implementation utilizing Reggio approach of learning through play
- Organize learning around experiences
- Structure learning to make global connections
- Differentiate instruction to provide enrichment for more capable students and remediation for students who need additional learning support
- Possess a strong understanding of, and ability to use, a variety of assessment practices to determine student progress levels and adjust instruction to meet goals
- Place a high value on productive collaboration between grade level partners, specialists, academic support, and administration
- Goal oriented – the candidate can demonstrate a history of establishing and completing professional development goals that focus on improving students’ performance
- Demonstrate a personal passion to keep abreast of educational research and best practices
- Possess an in-depth understanding, organizing instruction around established learning objectives and the vital importance of planning
- Involve parents and create strong home-school communication structures
- Curriculum design
- Familiarity with Reggio Emilia approach preferred
- Group and individual instruction
- Strong work ethic
- Works independently with minimum supervision
- Works with other members of the faculty to create a positive and professional learning environment
- Engages in extracurricular programs and school events
Education and Experience
Proven experience as a Preschool Teacher or other work with young children is required. Bachelors in related field is preferred. An Associates in Early Childhood or related field, with a minimum of 2 years’ experience will be considered.
Other Requirements and Skills
In addition to a level of maturity, the following are required:
- A knowledge of child development.
- A knowledge of acceptable health and safety practices.
- An ability to adapt to the constantly changing emotional and physical care needs of children.
- Must strictly adhere to DHS regulations and guidelines.
- Ability to pass background and fingerprint checks.
- Currently holds or will obtain Certification in child CPR/First Aid and Medication Management.
- Successfully pass a Mandatory Reporter class.
- Complete a Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogen training yearly.
- Pass a Physical Exam every 3 years.
- Agree to complete DHS and any other required training hours each year.
- Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
- Ability to embrace a multicultural environment.
- Friendly and reliable worker who encourages feedback and input from others.
- Able to communicate effectively with students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators.
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. As prescribed by law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Continuous speaking, hearing, and visual effort. Frequent walking, sitting on chairs, and on the floor, standing and reaching is required.