Early Childhood Teaching Assistant


Wonderland Nature School


Gunnison, CO


Wonderland Nature School in Gunnison, Colorado is seeking Early Childhood Teaching Assistants for our new expansion beginning in June 2020.  Minimum of 1 year commitment required. Part or Full Time Position: Approximately 20-40 hours per week in the classroom. The goal of the Teacher’s Assistan role is to support the Mentor Teacher and Director of Pedagogy in carrying out the educational principles of nature-based pedagogy in the classroom. In alignment with Reggio-inspired pedagogical philosophy, the Teacher’s Aide strives to communicate in a way that honors children as inherently capable individuals who use many languages and forms of expression in their interpretations, interactions,  and sensemaking activities. The Teacher's Aide supports and co-develops curriculum with the Mentor Teacher and receives guidance from the Mentor Teacher to deliver the curriculum. The Teacher's Aide supports the experimental and experiential learning in a relationship-driven environment. This role also collaborates closely with the Mentor Teacher, and communicates with parents and the Administrative Director about the daily happenings in the classroom. Compliance with state and federally mandated regulation and mandatory trainings (pre-service and continuing education) are required responsibilities.  The Teacher’s Aide embodies the mission, vision, and values of Wonderland Nature School at all times when interacting with peers, parents, children, and the community. Teachers Aide Duties Include but are not limited to: Educational Responsibilities: Supports children as they develop their unique voices and create a culture of wonder in the school’s learning environments. Engages students in place-based experiential and experimental learning in school- and nature-based settings to develop respect and reverence for the natural world. Facilitates a classroom approach to snack and meal times that encourages a positive relationship with fresh, nutritious, healthy foods. Engages children in community-based activities, particularly in intergenerational programming with our partner, Gunnison Valley Health Senior Care Center. Creates an environment of social and emotional maturity and respect that proactively engages with issues of inclusivity, equity, diversity, and cultural dexterity as foundations of a democratic society. Develops strong relationships with all children to support their unique educational journeys. Collaborates closely with Mentor Teacher on individual progress of children. Communicates regularly with parents in a way that instills confidence, warmth, and care.  Implements nature-based curriculum and daily flow in the classroom with support from Mentor Teacher Assists Mentor Teacher in developmentally appropriate methods of observational assessment with the intention of making learning visible and communicating a strong image of the child. Participates in a culture of real time feedback and openness to suggestions and guidance Supports other Teachers Aides in upholding nature-based, Reggio-inspired curriculum. Administrative Responsibilities: Records timesheet and turns in to Mentor Teacher within timeframes. Performs student observations and documents relevant observations. Collaborates with Mentor Teacher on individual student concerns or progress. Supports the Mentor Teacher and Administrative Director in fulfilling their own continuing education and licensure requirements in a timely manner.   Classroom Responsibilities: Ensures the health, safety, and sanitation of the classroom environment. Supports children in toileting, diapering, handwashing, dressing, eating, etc. Actively maintains awareness of relevant licensing responsibilities. Any other duties as assigned.  Responsibilities to be re-evaluated after 6 months of service. Licensure Requirements: Pre-Service Trainings and Continuing Education completed on an ongoing basis. Compensation:   Pay commensurate with experience, training, and full/part time status.  Part-time employees are paid hourly, starting at $13 per hour.  Full-time employees are paid on salary, starting at $13 per hour based on experience and qualification.. Paid Time Off:  Part-time aides are eligible for paid time off after 2080 hours of service (equivalent of one year full-time). After 2080 hours of service, part time employees are eligible for 5 paid wellness days to be used at their discretion. Full-time aides are eligible for full benefits after 1 year of service at an hourly wage.  After one year of service, full time employees are eligible for salaried compensation which includes 5 paid wellness days and 4 paid weeks during school closures, in addition to the benefits package listed below. Benefits for Full Time Aides After 1 Year of Service:  Paid training, 401K match, mental health care benefits, and paid time off.   Additional annual professional development opportunities dependant upon available funding. Reporting: Employee reports to Director of Pedagogy  Evaluation: Quarterly