Growing Curiosity Community School – 9000 Georgian Drive Austin, TX 78753
1) Montessori Primary (3-6 year old) Afternoon Lead (part-time 1 pm – 6:30 pm)
2) Afternoon Assistant (part-time 3 pm – 6 pm with possibility of 1-6 pm as we grow)
Start Date: September 23, 2019
***Send all 3 application documents attached through this post. We will not be considering incomplete applications.**
Growing Curiosity’s mission is to provide an affordable quality Montessori preschool program with a focus on physical and social development, anti-bias education, and an appreciation for nature.
My name is Breana Sylvester, and I am an Educational Psychologist and Montessori Primary (3-6 year old) Certified guide. I have experience teaching people 2 to 6, 8-11, and college/grad school folks. I am both the lead teacher and administrator of Growing Curiosity, and as such, am looking for teachers who are ready to help this new school realize its mission.
Our school is located in the Rundberg and N. Lamar area in the Georgian Acres neighborhood, and we hope to have a school population that draws from our neighborhood as much as possible. As a school we wish to maintain ties to the community through volunteer work and hosting community events. A large percent of children in the neighborhood speak Spanish as their home language.
We are dedicated to an anti-bias curriculum. I have attended anti-bias education seminars and am designing curriculum for the school. We have an extensive library of books featuring children of the global majority, and are working on establishing an anti-bias committee under our board of directors to help guide this part of our mission.
In our first years, the program will consist of just Pk-3 – 6 year old children (around 18), growing to accommodate older children as the community expresses interest. Our operating hours will be 7:30 to 6:00 pm.
The 1-6 pm position will have a break around 3:30 pm (unless you choose not to break).
7:30-9:15 outside time
9:15-12:15 Three-hour work cycle inside
12:15-1:00 lunch (outside)
1:00-3:00 nap/rest time (older children who do not nap may look at books, do art, etc. quietly)
3:00 – 6:00 pm: Outdoor enriched free-time consisting of choices to learn gardening, snack time, art, play games, and hopefully other outdoor education elements such as orienteering.
Lunch will be provided to teachers at no cost, the food will be plant-based and the children will help prepare and serve daily with help from teachers and my husband, Zack. We are putting in a commercial kitchen at the school site.
Growing Curiosity is a perfume and cologne free campus. In addition, please do not wear heavily scented deodorants or laundry detergents.
– Must enjoy spending outdoor time with children.
– At least one year working in a child care setting.
– Deep respect for children’s ability to create the individuals they will become.
– Flexibility to learn (if not already trained) Montessori philosophy and methods.
– Transportation to and from the school.
– High school diploma or GED/CPR/First Aid certifications/background check/fingerprints required.
– Fluency in both Spanish and English.
– Knowledge of gardening and/or outdoor education.
– Two or more years working with pre-school aged children (please provide at least one work and one character reference).
In terms of training, if you are not already trained as a Montessori guide or assistant, we will pay for your training over the Fall 2019 through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
Please visit our website at http://www.growingcuriosity.org and email me if you have any questions. Send your resume, list of references, and a short letter of interest to [email protected] . I will be contacting qualified applicants starting late-August for interviews.
We look forward to hearing from you, and please let us know your pronouns in your application!
Dr. Breana Sylvester
School Director – Growing Curiosity Community School
Growing Curiosity Community School is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring practices based upon race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or disability.