Teaching Opportunities

Preschool Teacher

Location: The Willows Nursery School, San Jose, California
Start Date: Immediately


The Willows Nursery School, located in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, seeks a preschool teacher for a mixed-age program for 3-5 year old children. This is a 5-day morning program position, with the potential for full-time employment for the 2018/19 school year.

Responsibilities & Duties

• Have curiosity and a desire for life-long learning.
• Plan and prepare the learning environment, materials, and curriculum necessary for a play-based learning environment.
• Collaborate with colleagues in a relational, co-teaching work environment.
• Contribute to the planning and overall implementation of the program.
• Be responsive to children’s individual interests and ways of learning and exploring.
• Develop a documentation practice that seeks to make the children’s learning visible to the school community.
• Partner with families, honor family knowledge and culture, and invite community involvement and dialogue.
• Participate in weekly staff meetings.
• Accept specific roles and responsibilities assigned by the head teacher.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

• A minimum of 18 semester units of Early Childhood Education or Child Development (24+ preferred)
• Previous experience working with children in an early childhood program.
• Preferred: A working understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach.

Application Procedures

Interested applicants should respond with a cover letter and resume. Application review will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. Contact Person: Natalie Kleefeld, natalie@thewillowsnurseryschool.org

Program Description

The Willows Nursery School is a place where children, parents, and teachers are invited to explore, formulate questions, take on challenges, and deepen understandings. Curriculum is planned with primary consideration given to the needs and interests of the children. We are child-centered in our approach and are inspired by the municipal preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. We use pedagogical documentation in an effort to make the children’s thinking and work visible to the school community and beyond. We use documentation as the basis of reflection and planning for our emergent curriculum.