A Private Independent School Inspiring Children Ages 3 - Grade 8
Status: Exempt (Salaried)
Reports To: EC/ES Director
The Orchard School
Founded in 1922, Orchard is an independent, non-sectarian, Progressive school for 500 students in preschool through the 8th grade. Orchard is committed to advancing each student’s academic success, self-confidence, open-mindedness, ethical character, leadership, and love of learning. Located in north Indianapolis on a 43-acre wooded campus with a state-of-the-art facility, Orchard promises academic excellence through a well-rounded education, engaging the natural curiosity of students in an active, child-centered, and experiential learning environment. We seek, and strive to maintain, a diverse and inclusive school community, and are committed to the principles that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We value the skills, knowledge and experiences a diverse workforce brings to our school.
Orchard seeks educators who provide guidance through prioritizing teacher-student relationships. We believe this is possible when teachers are encouraged to truly know their students, care about them, and see them each as individuals. Orchard expects teachers to use a student-focused approach, model multiple strategies to learning, facilitate engaging hands-on projects and studies, and have a deep understanding of child development and learning differences. Orchard seeks to hire educators who possess a passion for equity and social justice, and who desire personal and professional growth in the field of education.
Required Qualifications and Attributes
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Elementary or Early Childhood Education, or related field
A minimum of two years of early childhood classroom experience preferred
A commitment to Orchard’s definition of progressive education
An understanding of approaches to learning and differentiated instruction
An ability to design hands-on, experiential learning activities that advance the targeted learning outcomes
A flexible approach to working on a grade team or co-teaching partnership
An ability to collaborate and work across teaching teams
Experience working with parents as partners
A demonstrated history of energy and enthusiasm in the classroom
An ability to work with technology to support, supplement, and enhance teaching and learning
Confidence and enthusiasm for working with young children
An ability to inspire others
Excellent communication skills
Willingness to learn and improve professionally
Sound judgment and emotional maturity
Willingness to engage in all aspects of the Orchard community
The Orchard School values our employees and offers a total compensation package designed to attract and retain talented individuals who make our school successful. Benefits include:
Paid personal days
Health, dental, and vision insurance
Retirement Savings Plan
Employer paid life insurance
Employer paid long- and short-term disability
Candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Please place “Pre-K” in the email subject line.
Orchard values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Orchard does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin in the administration of its admission, tuition assistance, or employment determination.
The Orchard School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.
For more information about The Orchard School, please visit: www.orchard.org.
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