Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Harlem Gems

Posted by: Harlem Children’s Zone

New York, NY, US

Harlem Gems is the final step in our early childhood pipeline. A top-notch, year-round, full-day pre-kindergarten program, Gems works with 240 children across four sites to ensure that each and every one enters kindergarten school-ready. With five staff in each classroom, classes have a 4:1 child-to-adult ratio, allowing for more one-on-one work and ensuring that students receive the individualized attention they need. Gems staff also encourage strong family involvement, engaging parents and caregivers in classroom activities and creating consistency between home and school.

Early literacy skills are a primary focus of the Gems curriculum. Students are immersed in language—and not just English. They also learn basic vocabulary in French and Spanish, and get to know and explore the world around them through exposure to a range of disciplines—from math, science, and technology to social studies and the arts. They participate in fun fitness activities, playing sports such as golf and tennis, and even learn the basics of health and nutrition, including how to differentiate “go,” “slow,” and “whoa” foods to foster healthy eating habits. From recreation to reading, our goal is to turn our Gems into lifelong learners. And we reinforce the ultimate goal—college graduation—early and often. Each Gems classroom is named after a prestigious college or university, at once setting a high bar for the future and fostering a culture of academic excellence.

Harlem Gems has an immediate opening for a Pre – Kindergarten Teacher. The Pre – Kindergarten Teacher will incorporate direct instruction, discussion, projects and cooperative work to engage students, keep classes focused and infuse a lasting desire to learn.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop curriculum and activities
  • Provide structure in the classroom by developing and clearly enforcing rules and expectations for class discussion and activities
  • Follow the programs policies and procedures for student conduct and discipline
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents and colleagues
  • Form meaningful relationships with families and involve parents in their children’s education
  • Respond to parent concerns promptly and effectively
  • Participate effectively and collegially in department meetings and parent meetings
  • Provide a nurturing environment and model positive behavior for students
  • Support other Education staff

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Master’s degree required, preferably in Education
  • Previous early childhood classroom experience, preferably in an urban setting
  • Knowledge and understanding of curriculum
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Valid NYS Certification in either of the following:

Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2)

Pre – Kindergarten, Kindergarten and (Grades K – 6)

Childhood Education (Grades 1 – 6)

Via:: Idealist