Opportunity to become Greenwood Faculty

Greenwood Friends School is seeking a full-time experienced early childhood educator to collaborate in a two-person team in the Early Childhood Center for 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds to begin August 2018. Located in idyllic rural Pennsylvania amid rolling hills and farms, Greenwood offers pre-K through 8th education in a tight-knit community centered on Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, equality, and stewardship.

Our progressive education aims to develop the whole person by valuing each individual’s capacity to think critically, creatively, and compassionately. Education is cultivated in multi-age classrooms, including a leading-edge Early Childhood Center that combines pre-K and K ages. Our highly innovative teachers have developed a number of unique educational programs, including a food forest classroom, kitchen science classes, Spanish instruction in all grades, and thematic programming such as Walk in the Woods. The school has seen a 31% enrollment increase over last year with nearly 90% retention, and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018. Greenwood is under the care of Millville Monthly Meeting and the Upper Susquehanna Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

The early child-hood educator must be an inspirational teacher passionate about integrating play-based learning with developmentally appropriate academic and social / emotional growth. The ideal candidate will also co-lead our “Wednesday in the Woods” forest school program, a hands-on, student centered immersive nature based program that helps our youngest students develop a love of learning.

The Greenwood Early Childhood Center is devoted to ensuring that the transition from home to school for our earliest learners is honored as precious and handled with care and love. The successful candidate must also be able to communicate effectively with parents, pursue professional development opportunities to further their understanding of best and most innovative practices in early childhood education and work collaboratively with other teachers and staff. Candidates in possession of an advanced education degree are preferred and teaching experience is essential. A willingness to embrace Quaker values and practice Quaker decision-making are essential.

Greenwood Friends School accepts children without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, economic, social, or religious background.

Expiration: priority will be given to applications received before 6/8/2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants should supply the following materials electronically: cover letter, resume, and a statement of educational philosophy or a link to applicant’s website. Finalists will be asked to submit a list of references. All application materials should be sent to:

Shelley Evans
sevans@greenwood-friends.org
GFS administrative assistant
570.458.5532

Thematic Study

Each academic year Greenwood Friends School uses a cross-curriculum theme to integrate studies across traditional academic disciplines and age groups. The theme for 2017-18 is A Walk in the Woods, which holds great promise for expanding children’s appreciation of nature and stewardship of the environment.

Early Childhood Center

Greenwood Friends School is very excited for the opening of the Early Childhood Center in 2018. This center will serve 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds in a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Check back here for more details soon!

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