The Long Ridge School, an independent school for children age 2 to grade 5, is seeking a Teacher for the two-year-old, (Beginners), program. The program runs for two, three or five mornings, with the students attending from 9-11:45. An afternoon extended day option is available to parents. Part-time and full-time positions are available.
At The Long Ridge School, the teachers foster all of our students’ innate curiosity and natural tendencies to wonder, explore, hypothesize, and experiment. Through guided play, and a theme-based curriculum, our youngest learners are encouraged to develop their receptive and expressive language skills, build background knowledge, and begin to connect socially with their teachers and their peers. For our youngest learners, language development is a primary goal, and the teachers provide a variety of opportunities for growth in this important arena. To facilitate a broad base of learning, the children spend time both outside in their own outdoor play area, and inside their own specially equipped classroom. The large indoor double classroom provides safe areas in which to climb and move around freely. The children can build, engage in pretend play, create artwork, write and draw, explore sand and water, occasionally cook, and freely explore, and listen to books read aloud by the teachers. They are also exposed to the broader school community through weekly visits to the music room, the gym, and the library. At Long Ridge even the youngest students are encouraged to observe, to question, and to make discoveries. With a hands-on, experiential approach, a well-planned curriculum, and supportive teachers the youngest Long Ridge students build a strong foundation for learning.
As a Beginners Teacher at Long Ridge School you will:
Provide a warm, safe, and supportive environment that encourages young children to feel happy and comfortable at school
Provide learning opportunities in a developmentally appropriate manner, encouraging a broad arena for play and exploration
Encourage and assist children with language development - both expressive and receptive language skills
Deliver high-quality, inquiry-based instruction targeted for students aged two turning three
Communicate and work collaboratively with parents to ensure that each child’s developmental, social and emotional needs are met
Be an available resource for new parents in their quest to help their child enjoy a wonderful first school experience
Establish a classroom environment that fosters a growth mindset, a sense of belonging, and the beginnings of independent thought and action
Communicate with specialist teachers to enable them to coordinate with the Beginners’ program
Be an active member of the LRS community
Compensation depends on qualifications and experience. The start date is August 30, 2021. Please send a resume and cover letter addressed to Carissa Lewis, Head of School to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strong interest in working with very young children and fostering young learners
A commitment to professional growth and innovative thinking
A clear interest in being part of a community that seeks to challenge prejudice and is committed to diversity and inclusion
Strong personal and interpersonal skills
About The Long Ridge School
The Long Ridge School is an independent school with 85 children, age 2 to grade 5, on a spectacular campus tucked away in the North Stamford woods. A small elementary school by design, where children stay children longer and thrive in an environment created specifically for them. Gold standard academic programs with a modern, collaborative, problem-solving approach. A diverse and globally inclusive community where children are known and valued as unique individuals and learning is an active, joyful experience. With strong programs in math, literacy, science, music and the arts, Long Ridge graduates are actively recruited by the best area middle schools.
The Long Ridge School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs. Long Ridge School is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.