The Thorne Language Enrichment Kindergarten (LEK), located on the campus of Haverford College, is one of several programs operated by Bryn Mawr’s Phebe Anna Thorne School. LEK is a part of the Kindergarten Center, which offers small, full-day programs with a high teacher-student ratio in classroom spaces on two floors. The Language Enrichment Kindergarten offers rich multisensory language-enriched experiences for children identified as at-risk for learning disabilities, combining explicit instruction in literacy and math skills with learning through play and active discovery. The teaching team includes a certified teacher, speech-language pathologist, and assistant teacher
The Kindergarten teacher works in close collaboration with the speech-language pathologist and assistant as well as the rest of the Kindergarten Center team, the Thorne School Director,and the Director of Thorne Early Childhood Programs. The position is 20 hours/week for 10 months (August 15th to June 15th), FTE .48, with hours 8:30-12:30, Monday through Friday.
- Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and early childhood classroom teaching experience. Background in Special Education preferred but not required.
- Teaching experience or related experience with young children and PA teaching certificate.
- Skill, enthusiasm, and energy for working with children, parents, and staff.
- A strong understanding of Thorne’s developmental/play based philosophy as it applies to both curriculum and to the emotional growth of children.
- Knowledge of Responsive Classroom preferred.
- Flexibility and enthusiasm for working with a team
- All clearances, child abuse, criminal check and FBI check. Annual health review and negative TB test also required.
- Supervise and ensure the safety and well-being of all the children at all times
- Plan, implement and assess age-appropriate lessons for children, with a primary focus on reading and math.
- Use a variety of activities and instructional methods to motivate and stimulate children’s abilities.
- Design curriculum for learners at different levels.
- Assess student performance and progress on a regular basis.
- Implement daily program in collaboration with speech-language pathologist and assistant teacher.
- Monitor children’s interaction and support Thorne’s social and emotional curriculum.
- Cooperate with downstairs Kindergarten team on collaborative projects and interactions.
- Communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding child’s school experience.
- Conduct individual conferences with parents of each child.
- Write report cards twice a year.
- Write and send home regular newsletters.
- Attend weekly staff meeting.
- Attend designated school events and parent teacher meetings.
- Be familiar with and follow all school policies.
- Keep Director and Administrative Director informed of program needs and individual concerns
- Report concerns about individual children and/or families to the Director, Administrative Director, and Psychoeducational Consultant.
- Report any cases of suspected child abuse and neglect to Director, Administrative Director, and Psychoeducational Consultant.