Dodge Nature Preschool seeks a Lead Teacher to be part of the teaching team in fulfilling the school’s mission of meeting children’s developmental needs while initiating them into a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world.
Dodge Nature Preschool follows an emergent curriculum with a social-constructivist approach. Dodge Nature Preschool operates as part of the Dodge Nature Center; grounds include woodlands, prairie, ponds, wetlands, and a model farm with animals, gardening program, a greenhouse, apple orchard, maple syrup making facility, and apiary. A state-of-the-art preschool building provides education in three classrooms. The spacious classrooms include kitchens, teacher offices, plumbed water tables, plants and animals, and many windows offering views of the Nature Center grounds. Doors from the classrooms lead to a large playground that has exits to Nature Center trails. Class size is 18 three, four and five-year-olds with three teachers.
Dodge Nature Preschool welcomes all families and values diversity in the broadest sense including ethnicity, ability, gender identity, gender expression, family structure, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstances and religion. Our school seeks to promote equitable access to nature-based early childhood education for all communities, especially those for whom access has been denied historically. We acknowledge our responsibility to work to challenge bias and prejudice and listen to the voices of our community.
– Implement curriculum based on current best practices in early childhood education. (Constructivist approach, inquiry-based learning, Reggio Emilia approach)
– Maintain an attractive, functional, appropriate learning environment.
– Develop and deliver programming including long-range planning and well-prepared daily activities with special attention to nature education.
– Track the development of individual children, assess needs, and plan based on those needs.
– Maintain relationships with parents.
– Supervise educational assistants, interns, and other members of the classroom teaching team.
– Work with Dodge Nature Center Naturalists to provide activities for the preschool children on Dodge Nature Center grounds.
– Play an active role in the operation of the preschool through weekly planning and training meetings, events and in-service training.
– Take part in professional development opportunities locally, statewide and nationally as appropriate.
– Adhere to the code of Ethics of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Qualifies as teacher as per MN Rule 3; BA in ECE or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
– Extensive knowledge and experience in early childhood education, including a college degree in ECE, Child Development or a related field.
– Experience teaching preschool in a child-centered, developmentally appropriate program.
– Experience in a NAEYC accredited program or commitment to working towards achieving accreditation.
– Experience or education in environmental education or commitment to learning about appropriate early childhood nature education.
– Experience working with the Reggio Emilia approach or familiarity of this approach desirable.
– Sensitivity to children’s learning styles and ability to communicate clearly and positively with parents.
– Ability to develop collaborative team relationships and problem solve.
– Ability to appropriately supervise assistant teachers, and interns.
– Ability to use technology to support documentation of children’s work.
– Ability to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends for in-service training and events.
– This position requires active participation with children up to 6 hours per day in the classroom, playground, and throughout the Nature Center.
– Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds to waist level.
The deadline to apply for this position is April 9, 2021. Please send cover letter and resume to:
Amy Warzybok, Preschool Director
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
1715 Charlton Street
West Saint Paul, MN 55118