Society Hill Synagogue Playschool is seeking dynamic, warm, and experienced preschool teachers to join our growing team. Substitute teachers will participate in all aspects of the Playschool program and work closely with Lead Teachers to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and to support the academic and social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care.
Substitute positions are part-time, on-call roles. A typical schedule is 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Ensures a healthy, safe, clean, and developmentally appropriate environment for children.
- Models and supports consistent expectations for behavior and procedures for conflict resolution.
- Attends to children’s physical needs by feeding them, dressing them, changing their diapers/pull-ups, and helping them in the bathroom.
- Is responsive to children who become ill or unwell while in our care and supports related communication and appropriate documentation.
- Collaborates with Lead Teachers to implement lesson plans
- Uses creative approaches that engage children, appeal to multiple intelligences, and acknowledge individual learning differences.
- Helps to organize activities that promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, art projects, music, storytelling, and movements.
- Helps to maintain classroom equipment, materials, and supplies inventory.
- Demonstrates a collaborative work style and communicates respectfully and effectively with children, parents/caregivers, colleagues, administrators, and other synagogue staff.
- Is consistently punctual and dependable.
- Reports any signs of child abuse to ChildLine and the Assistant Director of Education for Playschool.
- Reports all concerns to the Assistant Director of Education for Playschool in a timely manner.
- Supports the mission, vision, and goals of Society Hill Synagogue Playschool.
- And any other duties, as assigned.
- B.A. required, OR Associates’ Degree in early childhood education or candidacy for B.A. in early childhood education or elementary education.
- A minimum of three years of teaching experience in a preschool or other work with young children.
- A demonstrated passion for early childhood education and commitment to progressive educational philosophy.
- A collaborative work style and the ability to communicate respectfully and effectively with children, parents/caregivers, faculty, and other colleagues.
- Punctuality, professionalism, and good judgment.
- Familiarity with Jewish values, holidays, and customs is preferred but not required.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please email your cover letter and resume as PDFs to Lilli Klotz Foster, Assistant Director of Education for Playschool, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information, interested candidates are encouraged to visit www.societyhillsynagogue.org/playschool
ABOUT SOCIETY HILL SYNAGOGUE PLAYSCHOOL
Society Hill Synagogue Playschool is a welcoming, inclusive school community for children ages 18 months to 5 years that embraces diversity in religion, ethnicity, race, and family structure. Our philosophy is child-centered and play-based. We believe that children learn through play in a safe and nurturing environment. We respect children as individuals and respond to their needs with compassion and dedication.
Our teachers are enthusiastic, experienced early childhood educators who love what they do and bring a wide range of skills and artistic talents to the classroom. Almost every staff member has earned their B.A., and several hold Master’s degrees. Professional development is a high priority at our school. Through planning and observation, our faculty provide appropriate developmental experiences designed to enrich the whole child, including social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative development.
Construction is progressing on our adjacent three-story Paula Kline Learning Center, with plans to open the new center in Spring 2021. With this addition, we are excited to grow our classrooms from our current three to five in the new building, and there will also be a large landscaped outdoor space between our two buildings for children to play and explore.
Following three months of remote learning from March-June 2020 and after conducting surveys, more than 25 hours of Zoom conversations with families, and meetings with our Playschool Committee, COVID-19 Risk Mitigation and Safety Committee, and Board of Directors, we decided to reopen our Playschool Summer Camp in person, with an updated, comprehensive health and safety policy and strategic cohorting to mitigate risk and maximize safety. We wrapped up six wonderful weeks of camp in late August, and our new school year began on September 8. We are building on the experience of successfully reopening for camp and will be open five days a week in person during the school year.
We have invested significantly in air purification and ventilation systems, PPE, contactless thermometers, contactless, hand sanitizer dispensers, and tents and other equipment for outdoor activities. Everyone is required to wear masks, including the children. There is currently little activity in person at the synagogue other than Playschool – e.g., no religious services, Board meetings, Hebrew School, or adult education – and those programs will remain virtual until health and safety conditions change.
ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM
Our curriculum integrates age-appropriate academics focused on literacy and language acquisition, early math skills, and scientific exploration with free play and early socialization activities indoors and outside in our large courtyard and at local parks, thematic art projects, circle time and singing, and a celebration of Jewish values, holidays, and customs.
Our schedule includes ZoomDance classes tied to seasonal themes and beloved stories, Soccer Shots to develop gross motor skills and good sportsmanship, music and drama classes, and a Friday morning Shabbat celebration with singing, dancing, and delicious challah. In addition, our students participate in trips to a variety of local treasures, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, and theatre companies for live shows.