Westside Neighborhood School, a PS-8 school serving over 500 students in west Los Angeles, is looking for an exceptional and highly professional early childhood educator who has a high level of cultural competency for our program this fall. This is for a full time on-campus position, as well as availability in July for our transitional summer program is desirable. All WNS employees are expected to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
WNS is committed to creating a deeply caring community of lifelong learners that nurtures students from diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential, develop cultural competency, and inspire the world with their curiosity, innovation, compassion, and stewardship.
WNS embraces a positive, child-centered approach to education that strives to fully develop the potential of each student intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our high academic and ethical standards encourage students to take responsibility for their learning and their behavior. Propelled by curiosity, WNS students are learners, doers, and makers. We provide students with a platform to become entrepreneurs by nurturing their intrinsic ability to innovate. Our program is designed to engage students in a project-based, active-learning curriculum that challenges all students to grow. We provide an environment steeped in a growth mindset where each child is able to experience success, embrace mistakes as a part of the journey, is confident in taking intellectual risks, and where individuals feel valued in their differences and value the differences in others.
Our ideal candidate should minimally have a Bachelor’s Degree (advanced degree is preferred) and a California Teaching Credential, or its equivalent, and, ideally, one or more years of teaching experience beyond student teaching, preferably at an independent school. Understanding of progressive education and the Reggio Emila approach is highly desired.
All teachers at WNS are expected to design engaging, project based social-constructivist learning experiences that enhance the opportunities for students to connect with standards and expectations for their emerging curriculum. Strong communication skills with parents and students and the ability to collaborate with other faculty members are a must. Commitment to integrating our DEIJ and Anti-Bias curriculum as well as social learning is a vitally important part of our program, and training in Responsive Classroom is required for all faculty members.
In addition to teaching academic classes, all faculty share in the school's daily supervision duties, and participate in ongoing professional development.
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and degrees earned, and will range between $60,000-$80,000; benefits are included.
Hours are minimally 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., although team planning meetings may require additional time. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required throughout the school year, as well. This position includes benefits. Please note WNS requires all faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated (including booster vaccinations) against Covid-19.
WNS places a high priority on maintaining an excellent, collegial working atmosphere and an up-to-date facility. WNS is located adjacent to Playa Vista and Loyola Marymount University about one mile from the Pacific Ocean. Westside Neighborhood School is an equal opportunity employer, and we look for faculty that are committed to promoting our anti-bias curriculum and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Please email your resume and cover letter to Trina McDowell, Director of HR: Trina.McDowell@wns-la.org. Please include your name and position in the subject line of the email.
Westside Neighborhood School is dedicated to excellence and the creation of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and the city of Los Angeles. Information about our school can be found at www.wns-la.org.
Policy of Non-Discrimination:
Westside Neighborhood School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.