Located in Boise, Idaho, Foothills School of Arts and Sciences is a Pre-K through Grade 9 independent day school. Since its founding in 1992, Foothills has been committed to providing a progressive learning environment that suits the developmental learning needs of children and adolescents. A project-based program integrated with visual and performing arts helps students develop independent perspectives, academic competencies, social-emotional skills, and a sense of civic responsibility. Annual trips take advantage of Boise’s location in the Intermountain West. Foothills places a high value on maintaining a collegial and collaborative atmosphere among faculty members. There is an expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and support for professional development inside and outside the school.
Early Learner Teacher Position
Foothills School of Arts and Sciences announces an opening in its Early Learner Program (Preschool) for the fall of 2018. Candidates must have experience teaching at the early childhood level and have knowledge of child development. The school seeks an early childhood professional who can promote self-esteem and growth in students; help establish a positive classroom experience that encourages maximum success for learners; who exemplifies responsible and professional conduct; and who can participate in the development of a classroom community of learners. Early Learner teachers are responsible for integrated, project- based curriculum design within a collaborative team approach. Other duties include communication with parents, narrative student evaluations, urban outdoor supervision, and participation in planning meetings.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for a creative, energetic and passionate early childhood educator. Foothills School seeks an applicant who is willing to be mentored into a distinctive early childhood program that is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.
The school seeks candidates who are dedicated to early childhood students (age 3-5) and their education and who work well in a collaborative professional setting. Applicants should have a strong academic background, experience or strong interest in inquiry education and in the Reggio Emilia philosophy, an ability to build experiential learning opportunities, as well as an ability to differentiate instruction within a preschool classroom.
Design negotiated, inquiry based curriculum that is based on student interests
Document student growth
Be able to share group learning and the value of co-construction of knowledge
Maintain effective ongoing communication with parents
Participate in play
Prepare ongoing written portfolio evaluations
Participate in collaborative curriculum planning meetings daily and weekly
Participate in faculty meetings on a weekly basis
File all required student and administrative records (e.g. discipline referral, EPP, attendance, accident reports)
Participate in professional development activities, including faculty in-service and curriculum planning days
Ensure safety of students in accordance with school policies
Attend all contracted school functions
Desired Professional Background·
Minimum two years classroom teaching experience with children 3-5 years of age
Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field
Experience designing integrated/inquiry based curriculum
Background in visual art or music and dance
Experience working collaboratively with families
Knowledge of the Reggio Emilia approach or interest in being mentored into it
Can demonstrate ability to design curriculum to meet a wide-range of learning needs
Proficiency in operating computer programs such as word processing, Google drive, Gmail, Publisher, PowerPoint, web 2.0, and the iPad
Maintain a current Boise City child care license
Commitment to professionalism and excellence
Commitment to continuous growth and improvement
Must have a strong image of children as competent and capable
Organized and able to manage multiple tasks
Socially conscious, wants to make a difference in the world
Sense of humor, energetic, optimistic, gregarious
Effective communicator, orally and in writing
Foothills School of Arts and Sciences is an equal opportunity employer.
Non-discrimination Policy: Foothills School of Arts and Sciences does not discriminate on a basis of age, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other classifications protected by law, in all of its operations.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to:
Nick Cofod, Head of School
Foothills School of Arts and Sciences
At Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, we ignite a passion for learning through a progressive approach to education. In this vibrant learning community, education is an active and collaborative experience. Through a challenging inquiry based curriculum, Foothills students explore their ideas and develop curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and confidence. Embracing each individual's unique strengths and contributions, we guide children to know themselves and to understand their role in a global community.
To empower our students, we value:
Individuality - respecting students' unique strengths, talents and challenges
Creativity - inspiring expression, curiosity and critical thinking
Community - promoting communication, cooperation and collaboration