Open Opportunities:

Breakwater Youth Corps (BYC) Summer 2019

The Breakwater Youth Corps (BYC) is an opportunity for alumni, eligible current middle school students and other high school-aged students to work together at Breakwater during the summer to provide service to the school, develop and foster important skills, and, if applicable, earn a minimum wage income*. This program offers a great way for students to give back and stay connected to our community!

The BYC program will run through the summer in five sessions. Each session is a two week commitment where volunteers will work 9:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week (with the exception of Session 5 which runs M-F). The last Friday on each session is designated as a fun day, where we will go on a group trip to places like Fun Town as a reward. For more information please email, Jesse McDonough

Session 1: June 25th-27th; (July 4th week off); July 9th-11th   Friday July 12th: Fun Day!
Session 2: July 16th- 18th; July 23rd- July 25th, 
Friday July 26: Fun Day!
Session 3: July 30th -  August 1st; August 6th - August 8th,   Friday August 9th: Fun Day!
Session 4: August 13th - 15th; August 20th - August 22nd,     Friday August 23rd: Bike Fun Day!
Session 5: Bonus Week: Monday, August 26th - Friday, August 30th

 *In order to earn a minimum wage, BYC members must be 14 years old and have participated in three or more sessions*

Application is available by clicking here



After-school Enrichment Teacher/s - PT School Year

Breakwater Enrichment Center is accepting applications for part-time after school Enrichment teachers in our dynamic Enrichment program.

About the Position: 

We seek creative, compassionate, and energetic Enrichment teachers who have a strong interest in child-centered learning and community building. Enrichment Teachers develop and deliver 6-week long Enrichment classes that run weekly for a set amount of time (1 – 2 hours, based on teacher preference). The position reports to the Director of Enrichment.

We are currently hiring teachers in the following disciplines: Visual and Fine Arts, Photography and/or Film, Science, Technology, Sports & Outdoor Adventure, and Private and Group Music Instructor(s) with the ability to provide piano lessons highly preferred. Creative and out-of-the-box class ideas are encouraged.

Our AfterCare and Enrichment programs serve children grades K-8 from Breakwater School as well as students from surrounding public and independent schools. 

Schedule and Start Date:

Hours for the position are part-time during the school year, with a highly flexible schedule for Enrichment teachers. As classes run once a week, teachers have the ability to offer 1 - 5 Enrichment classes per week based on their own availability. Enrichment classes run from 3:45 – 5:45 in 1-2 hour increments. The position begins mid-September.

Qualifications:

  • History of professional work experience with young children

  • Demonstrated ability to engage in positive relationships with staff, supervisors, children, and families

  • Bachelor's degree preferred

  • Experience driving a 15 passenger van and/or mini bus highly preferred

How to Apply:

Resumes will be reviewed as they come in until the positions are filled. All applications should include your cover letter, resume and three professional references along with any special application materials specified in the posting. Applications should be sent to:

Breakwater School

c/o Kelly Steinhagen

Enrichment Director

856 Brighton Ave

Portland, ME 04102

ksteinhagen@breakwaterschool.org


Preschool Teacher

Position Overview:  

Breakwater is seeking an experienced Early Childhood Teacher to care for and teach preschool age children in a developmentally responsive program through play based, emergent curriculum rooted in a celebration of the natural world and in accordance with Breakwater's mission, core beliefs, and teaching model. Qualifications required to teach effectively in our program include knowledge of best practices in preschool education, understanding of current research in child development, and familiarity with the principles of an emergent curriculum model,  Candidates must possess the skills to engage children in their own process of learning, and the ability to earn student’s trust and attention. Candidates should be able to effectively collaborate with early childhood colleagues and to be a participating member of our toddler - eighth grade faculty community

The right candidate will be:

  • A loving and patient advocate for all children

  • Accountable for the short and long-term success of the preschool program regarding curriculum, learning environment, and relationships with children, parents, staff.

  • A spokesperson within and outside of Breakwater who embodies and articulates the preschool program's goals, curriculum, and benefits to children, to the school, and to the Portland area community.

Responsibilities:

  • Teaches children ages 3-5 in a play-based, emergent curriculum inspired by the best practices of Reggio Emilia and grounded in intentional, integrated and researched based teaching.  

  • Create and maintain a clean and tidy classroom consistent with health and safety standards.

  • With co-teacher, plans and maintains daily schedule and routine.

  • Works with the Academic Director,  Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to ensure optimum learning for each student and to cultivate a kind, welcoming, and vital classroom community.

  • Works with the Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to vision, execute, evaluate and revise curriculum and corresponding student assessment tools for a play-based, collaborative, and emergent preschool program based on Breakwater's principles teaching model.

  • Works with the Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to articulate the preschool program within the Early Childhood Division and on the continuum of grades at Breakwater in support of the whole school community.

  • Demonstrates skilled and timely oral and written communication with parents, children, coworkers and supervisor.

  • Articulates a personal working early childhood education philosophy in alignment with Breakwater mission, principles and teaching model.

  • Demonstrates ability to learn and teach in response to individual children's needs and developmentally appropriate best practices.

  • Works with the Head of School,  Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator, and faculty to communicate, support and model Breakwater's mission, core beliefs, principles and the Breakwater Way

  • Able to lift 40 pounds, haul or drag up to 25 pounds, sit, stand, squat, and otherwise get down on the level of children

  • Establishes work patterns and relationships within Breakwater that are sustainable, productive, mutually respectful and supportive, in service to children and families.

Requirements:

  • Accomplished early childhood teacher-researcher fluent in applying current best practices, particularly through the lens of Reggio and/or earth education.

  • Loving, warm, playful, creative, inclusive, enthusiastic, calm.

  • Practiced observer of children with skill in varied methods of documentation.

  • Demonstrate trust in and respect for children's innate abilities.

  • Organized and attentive to detail and planning, prompt, meets deadlines, follows through.

  • Demonstrated classroom leadership ability, strong classroom management skills and skilled in positive guidance for individuals and groups.

  • Demonstrates lifelong learning, including continued research and implementation of best practices in early childhood education related to Reggio Emilia and earth education and multi-age early childhood education.

  • Initiator, inventive, adventurous.

  • Skilled in facilitation and conflict resolution.

  • Effective and caring communicator, skilled listener.

  • Collaborative, generous and positive co-worker and team member.

  • Resourceful, resilient, great sense of humor, and flexible.

  • Joyful, energetic, and welcoming regarding children

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field - Master's Degree Preferred

  • 3-5 years lead preschool teaching experience

  • Preschool teaching experience in at least one of the following settings preferred: Reggio Emilia inspired, Montessori, and/or nature based preschool program

  • Experience with one or more of the following is desired: school gardens, early childhood art, music, movement, nature studies, science, tinkering, woodworking

Certifications:

  • Water safety, CPR and First Aid preferred; not required at time of hire

Supervision and Support:

  • This position reports to the  Academic Director and Early Childhood Coordinator; training and support provided as needed to meet the needs of the program and children

Pay: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits, including health insurance

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references electronically to:

Human Resources

Breakwater School Preschool Position

humanresources@breakwaterschool.org

Fax: (207) 772-1327


Applications will be reviewed at the time they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled.



Middle School Teaching Position (Grades 5-8)

Position Description:

This middle school teaching position covers all subjects (math, language arts, science, outdoor adventure, and an intentional social curriculum). A successful candidate will be able to teach language arts, math, and science and create engaging, integrated projects that align with our mission and teaching model. Abilities in other subject areas are welcome.  As a “homeroom” teacher, duties will also include parent communication and managing individual student programs. Our class ratio is 16:1. 

We are seeking to fill this position with passionate, energetic educators, who enjoy children and think creatively about what is the best way to teach each child, informed by best practice. Each teacher will be part of a dynamic, collaborative team, designing and delivering developmentally responsive, integrated curriculum. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree preferred. 

  • At least 3-5 years of  middle school classroom or relevant teaching experience is expected.

General Expectations:

  • Multi-age classroom experience, or experience with a diverse range of learners, is especially helpful for this position.

  • Understanding of and experience of "social curriculum" and building strong, positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues.

  • Ability to create a safe, organized, and well managed classroom (teachers handle most of the discipline issues in their own classrooms).

  • Being an effective member on a collaborative team, as well as assume leadership.

  • Deep understanding of child development, human growth and learning, and developmentally responsive best practices.

  • Demonstrated experience in creating and using formative assessment, as well as summative measures, to improve instruction.

  • Experience and proven ability to effectively plan and deliver project based-learning/expeditionary learning/integrated curriculum experiences while ensuring students are learning essential skills and concepts.

  • Breakwater’s faculty is a community of learners and a commitment to your own professional development, openness to truly challenge your own teaching practices to do what is best for students, and willingness to contribute to the team’s growth is expected. Our faculty maintains a reputation of working collaboratively with families and knowing each child very well. Excellent communication skills are essential and ability to effectively write narrative reports and classroom newsletters.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference and proof of fingerprinting to

Breakwater School

c/o Renee Hall, Human Resources

856 Brighton Avenue

Portland, ME  04102

humanresources@breakwaterschool.org

The posting for this position will be active until position is filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Start Date is August 2019. 




Summer Assistant Toddler Teacher

About Position

We are seeking a loving, skilled and energetic assistant teacher for our Early Childhood Summer Toddler program to provide a safe and welcoming play environment for children ages 18 months to 3. Must have experience teaching young children and communicate well with children, co-workers, and parents.

2019 Summer Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8 hour shifts between 7:30 am-5:30 pm as needed. Weekly hours may fluctuate with enrollment and daily ratios.

The right candidate will be:

  • A loving and patient advocate for all children

  • Accountable for supporting the short and long-term success of the toddler program regarding curriculum, learning environment, and relationships with children, parents, staff.

  • A spokesperson within and outside of Breakwater who embodies and articulates the early childhood program's goals, curriculum, and benefits to children, to the school, and to the Portland area community.

Responsibilities:

  • Teaches and supports children in multi age classrooms serving ages 18 months through  3 years in a play-based, emergent curriculum inspired by the best practices of Reggio Emilia and grounded in intentional, integrated and researched based teaching.  

  • Help to maintain a clean and tidy classroom consistent with health and safety standards.

  • As assistant, helps to plan and maintains daily schedule and routine.

  • Works with the Academic Director,  Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to ensure optimum learning for each student and to cultivate a kind, welcoming, and vital classroom community.

  • Articulates a personal working early childhood education philosophy in alignment with Breakwater mission, principles and teaching model.

  • Demonstrates ability to learn and teach in response to individual children's needs and developmentally appropriate best practices.

  • Works with the Head of School,  Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator, and faculty to communicate, support and model Breakwater's mission, core beliefs, principles and the Breakwater Way

  • Establishes work patterns and relationships within Breakwater that are sustainable, productive, mutually respectful and supportive, in service to children and families.

Requirements:

  • Passionate early childhood teacher-researcher fluent in applying current best practices, particularly through the lens of Reggio and/or earth education or interest in training.

  • Loving, warm, playful, creative, inclusive, enthusiastic, calm.

  • Practiced observer of children with skill in varied methods of documentation.

  • Demonstrate trust in and respect for children's innate abilities.

  • Organized and attentive to detail and in support of planning, prompt, meets deadlines, follows through.

  • Demonstrated classroom leadership ability, strong classroom management skills and skilled in positive guidance for individuals and groups.

  • Demonstrates lifelong learning, including continued research and implementation of best practices in early childhood education related to Reggio Emilia and earth education and multi-age early childhood education.

  • Initiator, inventive, adventurous.

  • Skilled in facilitation and conflict resolution.

  • Effective and caring communicator, skilled listener.

  • Collaborative, generous and positive co-worker and team member.

  • Resourceful, resilient, great sense of humor, and flexible.

  • Joyful, energetic, and welcoming regarding children

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years experience teaching children between the ages of 18 months and 5 in a group setting

  • Must either be working toward a degree in early childhood education or related field, hold an associates degree in early childhood education, or have earned an early childhood certificate

  • Able to lift 40 pounds, haul or drag up to 25 pounds, sit, stand, squat, and otherwise get down on the level of children

  • Willing and able to change diapers and assist children with toileting and other self care

  • Early childhood experience in at least one of the following settings preferred: Reggio Emilia inspired, Montessori, and/or nature based preschool program

  • Experience with one or more of the following is desired: school gardens, early childhood art, music, movement, nature studies, science, tinkering, woodworking

Compensation:

  • Hourly. Pay depends on experience and education.

  • Position begins in June for the summer program running June 24-Aug 16th, 2019 in addition to orientation and some Training days to be scheduled in early June.

  • Resumes will be reviewed as they are submitted.

How to Apply:

Submit your cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to:

Breakwater School

c/o Renee Hall, Human Resources

856 Brighton Avenue

Portland, ME  04102

humanresources@breakwaterschool.org

Applications will be reviewed at the time they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please


Middle School (Grades 5-8) Spanish Essentialist

  • This is a part time teaching position (.25 FTE/ approx. 10 Hours per week)

  • Must have flexible availability during the hours of 9:00-3:00, Monday- Thursday

Position Description:

Breakwater language program fosters development in the following key concepts:

  • to develop an appreciation of  the culture and history of Spanish speaking countries

  • to understand how to learn and  study a language and

  • to gain basic speaking and literacy skills in Spanish

The Spanish teacher assumes the valuable role of continuing the Spanish program in grades 5 to 8. Breakwater students begin their journey in the Spanish language in Preschool.  The work of the middle school Spanish teacher is to prepare students for high school Spanish as well as to travel internationally to Costa Rica in their 8th grade year and to attain basic conversational skills while immersed in a school exchange experience. This work requires organization, dedication, and motivation. An effective Spanish educator models what it is to experience the world as a bilingual person  and shares their delight with their students.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree or comparable preferred.

  • At least 3-5 years of classroom or relevant teaching experience is expected.

General Expectations:

  • Demonstrates a passion for teaching and learning languages.

  • Applicant has a high level of proficiency in the Spanish language

  • Knowledgeable of best practices in language development

  • Multi-age classroom experience, or experience with a diverse range of learners, is especially helpful for this position. Understands how to develop and implement differentiated instruction.

  • Understanding of and experience with "social curriculum" and building strong, positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues.

  • Ability to create a safe, organized, and well managed classroom (teachers handle most of the discipline issues in their own classrooms) that encourages responsible student behavior and supports student autonomy, orderly thinking, and metacognition in the classroom.

  • Being an effective member on a collaborative team, as well as assume leadership.

  • Deep understanding of child development, human growth and learning, and developmentally responsive best practices.

  • Demonstrated experience in creating and using formative assessment, as well as summative measures, to improve instruction.

  • Experience and proven ability to effectively plan and deliver project-based/student-centered/integrated curriculum experiences while ensuring students are learning essential skills and concepts.

  • Commitment to your own professional development, openness to truly challenge your own teaching practices to do what is best for students, and willingness to contribute to the team’s growth is expected.

  • Excellent communication skills are essential and ability to effectively write narrative reports and classroom blogs.

How to Apply:

Submit your cover letter, resume, three letters of reference and proof of fingerprinting to:

 

Breakwater School

c/o Renee Hall, Human Resources

856 Brighton Avenue

Portland, ME  04102

humanresources@breakwaterschool.org

 

The posting for this position will be active filled with a start date of August 23, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


Guest Teacher

Breakwater School is looking for teachers to work on an on-call basis. The ideal candidate can work with a wide variety of ages as Breakwater serves toddler to middle school students. Applicants should have prior teaching experience, the ability to follow lesson plans, excellent classroom management skills, as well as the ability to communicate clearly with the classroom teacher about the day's events. Please indicate if you have any experience that you feel may be beneficial, such as specific age ranges, foreign languages, art, music, science or outdoor education experience. On-call substitute teachers will be contacted as far in advance as possible but often are notified the day of a vacancy. Rate of pay is $12.50/hr. How to Apply: Resumes will be reviewed as they come in. All applications should include your cover letter, resume, three professional references, and proof of CHRC approval and should be emailed to humanresources@breakwaterschool.org.


Breakwater is an equal opportunity employer (EOE), and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.