Paideia is an independent pre K-12 college preparatory school in the Emory University area of Atlanta. The half day program consists of separate morning and afternoon classes for children 3, 4, and 5 years old. The morning class is from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m., and the afternoon class is from 11:45 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Each group has its own team of teachers. Teachers in the half day classes promote social, emotional and intellectual growth through a rich environment emphasizing exploration, imagination, interaction, and communication.
Each class is staffed by a lead teacher, an assistant teacher, and two teaching aides. The teachers are experts in child development and skilled at making fine-tuned observations of individual differences in children and in designing experiences that promote each child's development. Our belief is that play in childhood forms the foundation upon which learning is based. Teachers are actively engaged with children throughout the day - building on the floor, reading, painting, or being part of an elaborate pretend play drama. The ongoing goal is to foster language and communication, expansion of ideas, connections with other children, and problem solving. Much of the time is spent in spontaneous play and interaction. In semi-structured activities we create situations in which children are motivated to learn the skills we are trying to teach.
The half-day program is intentionally designed to foster certain qualities, attitudes, and skills; we want our children:
- to love to come to school;
- to feel safe, happy, and valued;
- to feel secure enough to take risks because that's how growth and learning happen;
- to love learning;
- to enjoy using their minds and bodies to acquire skills, solve problems, and meet challenges;
- to take initiative and responsibility;
- to learn to make constructive choices;
- to develop their own affinities and "passionate preferences;"
- to use the resources of this rich environment to pursue their interests.
As teachers, we want:
- to really listen to the children and pay close attention to what they are doing so that they feel known and appreciated for who they are;
- to help the children celebrate what they can do right now and expand their skills, knowledge, and understanding;
- to join children in what they are doing and stretch them a little to try something they might be ready for or challenge their thinking in appropriate ways.
We are looking for someone with a strong background in early childhood education, 1-2 years of experience working with 3 - 5 year olds in a classroom setting, and a commitment to a play-based curriculum.
Important personal qualities include a love and understanding of children and early childhood; a knowledge, understanding, and successful exhibition of learning strategies to support all students in learning; the ability to work collaboratively as a part of a team; and the ability to create a positive, nurturing environment for the student; the ability to communicate in a direct and supportive way with parents; a desire to participate in the life of the Paideia community.