Congressional School seeks a Preschool Teaching Assistant for the 2018-2019 school year. The Preschool Teaching Assistant is a part of the Primary School Team and reports to the Early Childhood & Primary School Director.
The Preschool Teaching Assistant will partner with the Preschool Lead Teacher to plan and implement a challenging academic curriculum that encourages each student to reach his or her full potential. The assistant will also work to create a warm, nurturing and inclusive classroom environment in which each child is known, valued and loved.
Qualified candidates will be knowledgeable about current research relevant to the learning needs of three and four-year-old students.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assist with planning and implementation of age appropriate curriculum for children.
Employ a variety of teaching methods to ensure optimal learning for all students.
Promote learning in the areas of social-emotional, language, cognitive and physical development.
Exhibit a high level of engagement and enthusiasm throughout the day.
Establish positive home/school partnership with each family in the classroom.
Understand the developmental milestones of children ages 2-4.
Actively seek opportunities for professional development in early childhood education.
Partner with lead teacher in gathering information to share with parents about student performance.
Maintain strict confidentiality regarding children and their families.
Help with meals and preparation of snack.
Perform divisional responsibilities expected of faculty (for example, supervising students outside of class times, attending faculty meetings, etc.).
Ensure proper supervision for the safety and well-being of all students.
Aid in Integrating meaningful and appropriate use of technology and STEM activities in the classroom.
Attend school events.
Actively support the school’s vision, mission and core values.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Ideal candidates should have:
A degree in Early Childhood Education or other related field
2 years’ experience working with students in early childhood
Strong initiative and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
An ability to work in a joyful, collegial and collaborative environment
A sense of humor, warm personality, and growth mindset
Congressional School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age or disability.
About Congressional School
Founded in 1939, Congressional School is a co-ed independent day school in the heart of Falls Church, VA. Dedicated to young learners—infants through eighth graders—Congressional School serves more than 320 students and 2,000 campers annually through its academic and summer programs. The school develops great thinkers and leaders by encouraging students to explore, embrace challenge, and grow through an innovative academic program —all in a diverse and inclusive community. Well-prepared for excellent secondary schools, Congressional School graduates have confidence, a sense of ethics, and the desire to continually and respectfully question, collaborate, create, and lead.