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Early Childhood Lead Teacher (2024-25) Woodland School

  • 08 Mar 2024 1:05 PM
    Message # 13326890

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    Overview of Woodland School 

    Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a joyful approach to learning in a diverse, respectful, and inclusive environment for approximately 300 students in early childhood through eighth-grade. We have two sections of each grade level K- 8 with class sizes that average from 14-18 per class. 

    Woodland School specializes in education that inspires students by nurturing each individual’s voice, intellect, and character. With rich content and an emphasis on inquiry-based and student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners.  Our students’ innate sense of wonder is the foundation of learning at Woodland School. Teachers craft meaningful, multisensory learning experiences which enable creativity, ingenuity, and deep interdisciplinary connections. Students explore and develop complex understandings that engender a sense of self and purpose in the world.

    Woodland School’s faculty create a school environment that is as supportive and nurturing as it is challenging, and they embody the core values of the school—stewardship, integrity, curiosity, resilience, equity, and respect. Our teachers apply best practices through collaboration, integrated curriculum, brain-based teaching and learning methods, and continued professional development. Our teachers are themselves learners, constantly searching for ways to improve their practice. A robust professional development program supports our faculty by connecting them to the best practices in pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, and student assessment.

    Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.

    Position Overview 

    Woodland School seeks an inspiring and nurturing early childhood lead teacher to join our talented instructional team. The Woodland School Early Childhood Center serves up to 36 children, ages 3-5, in beautifully designed learning environments. Our approach to teaching and learning is rooted in the theory that children learn best through play, with ample opportunities for self-directed choices. We use an emergent, project-based approach to play-based learning where children have opportunities to pursue self-directed interest both indoors and outdoors. We address physical, cognitive, language, social-emotional and classroom readiness skills for a well-balanced curriculum that meets children where they are and challenges them to reach new levels. Through intentional teaching and developmentally appropriate practices, our teachers guide a generation of children to become creative, compassionate, critical thinkers in today’s ever-changing world.

    Our instructional program follows a standard academic calendar, beginning in August and ending in June. Teaching four weeks of our summer program is required and can be extended to six weeks. This position features an extremely competitive salary, paid leave, access to professional development, and other benefits, such as paid Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break, Winter Break, and President’s Week Break. In addition, this role receives regular release time from the classroom for lesson planning.

    Requirements (Must meet CA State requirements)

    • B.A. degree in education or early childhood education required. Minimum of 12 ECE units or CTC Child Development Teacher permit or greater required.
    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching preschool or kindergarten children, preferably as a lead. 
    • Successful completion of all required background checks and health screenings.

    Additional Desired Qualifications

    • Exhibits strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.
    • Communicates effectively and respectfully with all constituents, in writing and in person. 
    • Demonstrates professionalism, including good judgment and strong integrity. 
    • Experience using digital ongoing authentic assessment tools for early childhood education, such as Teaching Strategies GOLD or DRDP.
    • Experience using Zoom and other technologies to facilitate distance learning.
    • Experience creating robust lesson plans and facilitating project-based curriculum.


    • Educate a class of children, ages 3-5, with the support of a full-time teaching partner. 
    • Create a warm and nurturing learning environment for children and families.
    • Maintain an organized, inviting, and clean physical environment.
    • Frequently document and display relevant and current student work.
    • Engage in positive ongoing collaboration with colleagues and families.
    • Partner with early childhood faculty members to develop engaging units of study using the Project Approach.
    • Utilize developmentally appropriate practices to support each child’s executive functioning, self-regulation, and social/emotional development.
    • Intentionally differentiate instruction for children with a range of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
    • Regularly collect student data using Teaching Strategies GOLD, an early childhood assessment tool, to inform planning.
    • Write and submit detailed weekly lesson plans, in partnership with early childhood teaching faculty members.
    • Participate in ongoing coaching cycles, team meetings, and other relevant professional development opportunities.
    • Demonstrate reflective teaching practices. 
    • Facilitate formal and informal parent teacher conferences throughout the year.
    • Prepare and finalize student report cards.
    • Coordinate classroom logistics for special events. 
    • Consistently demonstrate professionalism, including good judgment and strong integrity. 
    • Attend occasional schoolwide and program-specific activities outside of the school day, as needed. 
    • Facilitate learning, including group meetings, read alouds, and other lessons 
    • Adhere to all rules, regulations, and requirements governing child care programs, as set forth by the state of California.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment 

    The position can be physically demanding. Reasonable accommodations may be made if requested in advance. 


    The salary range for this position is $32.00 - $41.00/hour.

    How to Apply

    Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for a minimum of three references.  


    This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

    Woodland School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs. Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.

Cal-ISBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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