Paideia is a K-12 college preparatory school of 996 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta; the half-day and elementary school enroll 382 students. The Elementary program includes twelve full-day, self-contained classrooms. There are two teachers in each class of twenty-six to twenty-eight children. Teachers work together as lead teacher and assistant or as two co-lead teachers. Children remain with their own teacher throughout the day with the exception of classes with specialists including art, music, physical education, and library.
We believe the constellation of relative strengths and weaknesses among any group of students can differ widely; teachers decide when and how to offer extra help, when and where to augment a task to provide extra challenge, and when and why to take a step back to allow a child to process information. Social development is an integral part of a child's maturation. Teachers help children learn how to work together cooperatively and effectively.
Through lessons that both engage children and are intellectually challenging, we want children to acquire the basic skills needed for success in school and life: among other things, the ability to read and write skillfully; a facility with numbers, mathematical concepts and real-life problem solving; and a working knowledge about the natural world. Good teaching demands creativity and innovation. While Paideia teachers take pride in the rich academic lessons and units they develop, they also regularly alter these lessons to best suit their students. Such alterations may include incorporating new technologies or checking with colleagues and other professional references for different strategies.
The best students are those who are also active and compassionate observers of themselves. They are tuned in to the ebb and flow of their energy, their attention, their emotions. They have the language to express what they are learning about themselves. Teachers help them become aware of their relative strengths and weaknesses as learners.
Assistant teachers at Paideia are considered full teachers with classroom teaching and curricular responsibilities. The biggest difference in lead and assistant teachers is the number of years of classroom experience. Assistants participate in parent conferences, curriculum development, student assessment and staffing, professional development, and faculty meetings. It is a wonderful opportunity for a teacher with less experience to collaborate with a master teacher.
We are looking for someone who has a passion for learning and a desire to develop a knowledge of current best practices in early elementary education; a love and understanding of children and early childhood; a knowledge, understanding, and successful exhibition of learning strategies to support all students in learning to use their minds well; skills in integrating curriculum and providing connectedness for learners; clear communication skills; the ability to work collaboratively as a part of a team; and the ability to create a positive, nurturing environment for the student.
Applicants should have a degree in early childhood education or related field, and one to two years of experience.