Open Opportunities:

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. 

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 Amy Pichette

Enrichment Director

856 Brighton Ave

Portland, ME 04102

apichette@breakwaterschool.org



Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Breakwater School seeks an experienced and creative Assistant Kindergarten teacher to join its dedicated Early Childhood team. This is a full time hourly paid assistant teaching position, year round which includes also work during our EC summer program.

About Our Kindergarten Program

  • At Breakwater, kindergarten is recognized as part of our early childhood program as well as the first step in elementary school. Play, free exploration, and discovery continue to be the primary means through which children acquire and integrate new knowledge during kindergarten.  What children learn from these early play experiences becomes the foundation for all academic learning. Through their exploration of materials and relationships, kindergartners begin to construct a basic understanding of the world and learn how to solve problems, communicate, and make their own choices. Embedded in our daily activities are multiple opportunities for small and large motor development to strengthen while encouraging children to practice essential academic skills.

Position Overview:  

Breakwater is seeking an experienced Early Childhood Assistant Kindergarten Teacher to help care for and assist in the teaching of Kindergarten 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 assist effectively in our program include knowledge of best practices in Kindergarten 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 and possess the knowledge, understanding, and assist in the successful execution of learning strategies which support all students in learning to use their minds well. 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

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

  • Some Experience and/or skills to learn how to use and support the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, Marie Clay Letter Assessment, Handwriting Without Tears program, and envision and support practical strategies for a growth mindset to learning in Math and other curriculum areas. 

Responsibilities:

  • Helps to care for and assistant teach children ages 5-6 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 create and maintain a clean and tidy classroom consistent with health and safety standards.

  • Assist lead teacher with class plans and support and maintains daily schedule and routine.

  • Demonstrates skilled communication with 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 assist the program 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

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

Requirements:

  • Some experience as early childhood teacher-researcher with some knowledge in applying current best practices, particularly through the lens of Reggio and/or earth education.

  • Uses responsive teaching methods in supporting children's social emotional and intellectual growth.

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

  • Practiced observer of children with some experience in varied methods of documentation, including observation note taking and photography with classroom technology.

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

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

  • Some experience leading a group of children, classroom management strategies and 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.

  • Experience in facilitation and conflict resolution.

  • Effective and caring communicator, skilled listener.

  • Collaborative, generous and positive 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 4-6 year olds in a mixed age group setting

  • Must either be working toward a degree in early childhood education or a 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 assist children with toileting and other self care

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

Certifications:

  • Water safety, CPR and First Aid preferred; not required at the 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 is $12.50 hourly or 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.



After-school Technology & Robotics Enrichment Teacher - PT School Year

Breakwater Enrichment Center is accepting applications for a part-time after school Enrichment teacher for 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: LEGO Robotics, Coding, Digital Animation, and related programs. 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 Amy Pichette

Enrichment Director

856 Brighton Ave

Portland, ME 04102

apichette@breakwaterschool.org


Early Childhood Floater and Preschool Aftercare Teacher Position 

Breakwater School seeks an experienced, creative and collaborative aftercare/floater teacher to join its dedicated Early Childhood team. This is a part-time hourly school year position which changes to full-time hours in the summer months.  The position includes working four evenings of P.D. Care Program and Feb and April vacation week care program during the school year. 

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 18 months to 5. Must have experience teaching young children and communicate well with children, co-workers, and parents. This Teacher will float between toddler and preschool classrooms as scheduled in the summer and school year, working in preschool aftercare with children ages 3-5 during the summer and the school year.   

School Year Schedule: Monday-Thursday 1-5:30pm ; Fridays 12-5:30 pm 

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

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 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

Compensation:

  • Hourly. Pay depends on experience and education.

  • Position begins August 26, 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:

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.


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.