Open Opportunities:

Preschool Teacher 

Breakwater School seeks an experienced, creative and collaborative preschool teacher to join its dedicated Early Childhood team. This is a full-time co-teaching position, 11 month contract which includes one month of preschool summer camp

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 (please see our website at 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.


  • 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, co-workers 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.


  • 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


  • 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

Fax: (207) 772-1327

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

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 factors.


Breakwater School AfterCare & Enrichment Teacher/s - PT School Year

Breakwater School is accepting applications for part-time afterschool teachers in our vibrant and dynamic AfterCare and Enrichment Programs.

About the Position: 

We seek creative, compassionate, and energetic AfterCare & Enrichment teachers who have a strong interest in child-centered learning and community building. AfterCare & Enrichment Teachers direct activities and ensure students' safety and well-being. Candidates interested in leading specialized group activities will be given special consideration [e.g. culinary arts, outdoor and wilderness activities, photography, film making, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), dance, music, fine arts, creative writing, jewelry making, swimming, lacrosse, etc.).

Our AfterCare and Enrichment programs serve children 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, Mondays through Thursdays from 2:30 to 6:00 pm, and from 1:00 to 6:00 pm on Fridays, with opportunities to staff our week-long school vacation camps in February, April, June, and August. The position begins in mid-August.


  • 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

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

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.