Open Opportunities:

Early Childhood Assistant Preschool Teacher Position 

Breakwater School seeks an experienced, creative and collaborative assistant preschool teacher to join us for day program and also some preschool aftercare hours on our dedicated Early Childhood team. This is a full time hourly school year position and then full time again in the summer months.  Position starts immediately and includes working four evenings of P.D. Care Program and three days of Feb and April vacation week during the school year for preschool vacation camps. 

About Position

We are seeking a loving, skilled and energetic teacher for our Early Childhood Aftercare program to provide a safe and welcoming play environment for children ages 3 to 5 and with some experience with toddler age. Must have experience teaching young children and communicate well with children, co-workers, and parents. This Teacher may float as needed between toddler and preschool classrooms as scheduled in the summer, but primarily working in preschool day program and aftercare with children ages 3-5 during the school year.   

School Year Schedule: Mondays 8-3pm, Tuesday-Thursdays 8-5pm, Friday 8-3pm 

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

Additional contracted hours include working aftercare and extended programming during our professional development dates, Some evening events during the school year and vacation care during February and April vacation weeks. 

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 and supports children ages 18 months - 3  and 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.  

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

  • As Aftercare Teacher, plans and maintains daily schedule and routine. As Floater Teacher, helps maintain 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.


  • 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 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

  • Toddler and 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, special education. 


  • Hourly. Pay depends on experience and education.

  • Position begins November, 2019 in addition to some orientation hours to be scheduled. 

  • Resumes will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references electronically to No phone calls please.

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

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.