The Thorne Language Enrichment Preschool Program (LEPP), located on the campus of BrynMawr College, is one of several programs operated by Bryn Mawr’s Phebe Anna Thorne School. LEPP offers a five afternoon preschool for children with identified speech and language needs. The teaching team includes a certified teacher and a speech-language pathologist, plus student assistants. The preschool teacher works in close collaboration with the speech-language pathologist as well as the Thorne School Director. The position is 22 hours/week for 10 months (August 30th to June 8th), FTE .52, with hours 12:00 –4:00, Monday through Friday, plus a 2-hour weekly planning meeting.
- Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and early childhood classroom teaching experience. Background in Special Education preferred but not required.
- PA teaching certificate, and or Private Academic Certificate required
- 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.
- 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 in collaboration with the speech language pathologist age-appropriate lessons for children with speech and language needs.
- Use a variety of activities and instructional methods to motivate and stimulate children’s abilities.
- 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.
- Communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding child’s school experience.
- Conduct individual conferences with parents of each child.
- Attend weekly staff meeting.
- Attend designated school events and parent teacher meetings.
- Be familiar with and follow all school policies.
- Keep Director and Program Head informed of program needs and individual concerns
- Report concerns about individual children and/or families to the Director, Program Head, and Psychoeducational Consultant.
- Report any cases of suspected child abuse and neglect to Director, Administrative Director, and Psychoeducational Consultant.