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  • Preschool Teacher (English-speaking or Mandarin-speaking)

    Yew Chung International School Silicon Valley
    Job Description

    Job Title: Preschool Teacher (English-speaking or Mandarin-speaking) 
    Program: Preschool
    Reports to: Preschool Coordinator
    FLSA Status: Exempt
    Annual Salary: $50,076-$58,057


    Position Summary

    The Preschool Teacher works in a Co-teaching relationship to provide an education for the whole child based on the Yew Chung Education Philosophy and Objectives. Through a developmentally appropriate practice and an inquiry-based approach, and in a bilingual and multicultural learning environment, the Co-teachers develop the curriculum that supports life- long learning dispositions through play and in-depth projects.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    Creating a welcoming, safe and nurturing learning environment

    • Use a positive discipline and guidance approach to behavior management, encouraging children to develop confidence in personal and social skills.

    • Design engaging, interactive, developmentally appropriate and safe classroom spaces and learning centers.

    • Alert to and understand health and safety matters, ensuring compliance with all state licensing requirements.

    • Develop, maintain and help children to understand the daily schedule and routines.

    • Provide first aid and complete all required reporting and documentation on accidents and


      Planning and delivering a developmentally appropriate inquiry-based curriculum

    • Based on children’s interests, plan, implement, document and evaluate developmentally appropriate daily learning opportunities and experiences both indoors and outdoors.

    • Observe the strengths and concerns of individual children to inform the planning of

      appropriate opportunities for whole child development and learning.

    • Prepare and organize appropriate, stimulating and relevant materials and resources for

      learning to support children’s interests and to encourage deeper understanding.

    • Identify and respond to children’s interests through observing and interacting with students and helping them to formulate and extend their questions and inquiry.

    • Assist students to develop independent and self-help skills, providing appropriate modeling and guidance.

      Documentation of Student Learning

    • Use technology such as iPads, cameras, computers to record and document student learning.

    • Student portfolios – Prepare and collate one student portfolio per child over the course of the school year, documenting the child’s development and progress in the six areas of learning. At least one entry per month for each child is required.

    • Newsletters – Write bi-weekly newsletters documenting class learning themes, connecting the learning to the curriculum guidance and including photos.

    • Classroom documentation – Ensure the classroom environment displays documentation of the current learning theme, including student work, photos, pictures, charts, and so on.

      Maintain On-going, Open Communication with Parents

    • Two parent-teacher conferences annually – Teachers and assistant teachers meet with parents twice annually to discuss student progress and any concerns.

    • Write two progress reports for each student annually (18-24 students): Settling-In Report in the fall to describe each student’s progress in settling into the program and any concerns that may need follow-up; End of Year Report comprehensively documenting each student’s annual progress in the six major areas of learning.

    • Make appointments with parents who wish to discuss concerns on an as-needed basis.

    • Prepare materials and/or presentation for Back-to-School Night to orient parents to

      classroom procedures and student learning expectations

    • Coordinate with Parent Organization Room Parents in the planning of class and/or school

      events and activities, reporting to the Preschool Coordinator as necessary.

    • Maintain the confidentiality of staff, parent, child, client, community, and school

      information included in files, conversations, meetings, correspondence, or any other source.

    Participate in On-going Professional Development and School Events

    • Keep abreast of current practice and theories in early childhood education through on- going professional development

    • Participate in all professional development and in-service opportunities provided by YCIS

    • Participate in and prepare for school events as required; for example, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, Chinese New Year Gala or Preschool Demonstration Classes

    • Available for occasional weekend and evening events

    Skills, Abilities and Knowledge Requirements

    • English native speaker or Mandarin native speaker with a strong set of communication and interpersonal skills.

    • Understanding of and adherence to the Yew Chung educational philosophies and approach to early childhood education, including the curriculum framework and guidance

    • A strong commitment to teamwork and to developing and maintaining a cooperative and collaborative working relationship with a co-teacher

    • Good communication, problem solving, and priority setting skills as well as maintaining an overall positive and professional attitude /disposition.

    • A willingness to understand and work within the curriculum framework and guidelines utilized by YCIS

    • Previous experience of working with a diverse group of young children and implementation of an inquiry-based learning approach

    • Proven ability to observe the strengths, interests and concerns of individual children in order to plan appropriate opportunities for development as well as document student learning

    • Ability to create a welcoming and engaging classroom atmosphere in which children feel safe, comfortable and supported to explore and experience new skills

    • Proven ability to establish a positive and healthy relationship with parents and families

    • A warm and friendly personality; patient and respectful; sensitive to the feelings and

      needs of others; able to adapt and be flexible

    • Strong computer skills with proven ability to produce student assessment and learning

      documentation. Comfortable with using a range of computer and tablet programs and applications such as: Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel, Pages, etc.

    Education and Experience Requirements

    Two years full-time teaching experience in a preschool environment.

    Physical Requirements

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:

    • Frequently walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, and talk or hear.
    • Often required to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl.

    • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and in case of emergency a 40 pound child.
    • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

    • BA or higher degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education (ECE) or related field.

    • Holds at least a Child Development Teacher Permit from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; Master Teacher or Site Supervisor Permit preferred. (Must keep valid and updated at all times.)

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Certificates, Licenses, Clearances, Testing and/or Bonding Required

    • This organization requires a successful candidate to provide it with employment eligibility and verification of a legal right to work in the United States in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

    • Must complete all background requirements prior to employment: live scan, acknowledgment of child abuse reporting responsibility, criminal record statement and receive satisfactory clearance from all licensing and investigative authorities.

    • Must pass health screening and TB skin test or chest x-ray.

    • Valid certificate in CPR and pediatric first aid is preferred.

      To Apply

      Please submit a Cover Letter of Interest, Resume/Curriculum Vitae and Two Letters of Recommendation to: Vivianq@sv.ycef.com.

      Yew Chung International School is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, color, national origin, creed, age, gender or disability or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment where employees are treated with respect and dignity.



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