Employment

Employment 2018-05-11T12:48:43+00:00

Full-Time Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Interested candidates should be professional, caring, knowledgeable about child development, and strong team-players. The position involves collaborating with 1-2 other teachers in a multiage (3-5years) classroom of about 20 students.

Major responsibilities include (but are not limited to)

  • planning thematic curriculum
  • leading small group gatherings
  • overseeing children’s work and play
  • assisting children with daily life activities (e.g., restroom use, hand washing)
  • monitoring and assessing students’ academic, physical, social-emotional, and creative development
  • maintaining consistent communication with parents (including progress reports and conferences)
  • other professional tasks

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in early childhood education, child development, or related field
  • CPR, First Aid, and Blood-Borne Pathogen certified or willing to obtain certification upon hire
  • Team player, eager collaborator with co-teacher(s)
  • Strong knowledge of child development, ages 2-6
  • Pass required background checks
  • Complete a Tuberculosis test and provide a physician’s documentation of physical and mental fitness to work with children

Desired Qualifications

  • At least 3 years’ experience working with young children
  • Experience with the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education

Interested candidates should submit a resume (including education and professional experience), cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references to: info(at)kazooschool.org


Full-Time Elementary Teacher

The Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School is seeking an early elementary teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.

Kazoo School is a small, independent, progressive school for grades PK-8. The curriculum is project-based and hands-on, and teachers collaborate to plan multidisciplinary units and experiences for students. Curriculum draws on student interests and emphasizes social justice and environmental sustainability. Small, multiage classes lead to close relationships between children and adults. The Kazoo School elementary team works closely together, with three teachers teaching grades K-3, often in multiage classes. Specific class groupings (e.g., 1st/2nd or 2nd/3rd, etc.) may change yearly based on enrollment. The candidate must be a flexible self-starter and a strong team player.

Major responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Teaching all core subjects in a self-contained classroom: math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and social skills
  • Facilitating experiential, interdisciplinary units of instruction
  • Coordinating with other elementary teachers to ensure consistency among classrooms
  • Collaborating with specials teachers (Art, Music, PE, Spanish) to integrate creative, physical, and cultural development with other subjects
  • Differentiating classroom activities to accommodate different learning styles and abilities
  • Employing an inclusive, multi-cultural approach to curricular explorations and discussions
  • Inspiring students’ curiosity, creativity, and confidence
  • Managing classroom dynamics following a restorative justice approach, including modeling conflict resolution strategies and teaching children to be responsible for themselves, their actions, and their materials
  • Monitoring and assessing students’ academic, physical, social-emotional, and creative development
  • Maintaining consistent communication with parents (including weekly newsletter, formal progress reports and conferences)
  • Planning and/or attending field trips and special events
  • Other professional tasks such as committee work, recess supervision, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in elementary education, child development, or related field
  • Knowledge and experience with progressive education philosophy and a constructivist pedagogical approach
  • Familiarity with best practices in progressive education including emergent literacy
  • Solid understanding of the cognitive, social, and emotional issues of children
  • Ability to collaborate, create, modify, and map curriculum with colleagues
  • Clear and consistent communication skills
  • Flexibility in thinking and curiosity to learn
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • CPR, First Aid, and Blood-Borne Pathogen certified or willing to obtain certification upon hire
  • Pass required background checks
  • Complete a Tuberculosis test and provide a physician’s documentation of physical and mental fitness to work with children

Interested candidates should submit a resume (including education and professional experience), cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references to: info(at)kazooschool.org


Part-Time Performing Arts Teacher

We are currently seeking a part-time performing arts teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Candidates who are experts in music, dance, theater, etc. (or a combination of arts) are invited to apply. The Performing Arts teacher will be responsible for planning and delivering engaging, integrated, culturally-responsive curriculum for multi-age elementary and middle school elective classes, including planning formal and informal performance opportunities.

Specific classes and hours will be determined based on enrollment. Approx. 12 hours/week.

Major responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Engaging students, inspiring enthusiasm for and confidence in performing arts
  • Planning and teaching classes that are appropriate for students in grades K-8, including differentiating to accommodate different learning styles and abilities
  • Managing classroom dynamics, including modeling conflict resolution strategies and teaching children to be responsible for themselves, their actions, and their materials
  • Collaborating with the Visual Arts Teacher and other classroom teachers to infuse arts throughout the curriculum
  • Communicating with parents about student progress, including completing formal Progress Reports in January and June
  • Preparing students for Winter Program (December) and at least one other performance during the school year

Required Qualifications – The Kazoo School Performing Arts Teacher will:

  • Be professional, caring, and a strong team-player
  • Have experience with and be able to teach children ages 5-14
  • Have knowledge of learning styles and an enthusiasm for engaging different kinds of learners
  • Have knowledge of contemporary and historical performing artists and works
  • Value artistic concept, aesthetics, technique, and creative process equally
  • Be excited and knowledgeable about arts integration
  • Pass required background checks
  • Be CPR, First Aid, and Blood-Borne Pathogen certified or willing to obtain certification upon hire
  • Complete a Tuberculosis test and provide a physician’s documentation of physical and mental fitness to work with children

Important details:

  • Schedule: full school year, two days per week (Tues/Thurs or Mon/Wed), 8:00-2:00; some additional days as needed to prepare for performances
  • Includes five 40-minute classes per day, plus a planning period and lunch/recess break

Interested candidates should submit a resume (including education and professional experience), cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references. With your cover letter, please include a short description (300 words) of what your ideal K-8 performing arts program would look like. Please send materials to info(at)kazooschool.org. The hiring committee will be excited to discuss ideas with you!


Head of School Position Announcement

Kazoo School seeks a Head of School beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Head of School will have overall responsibility for academic quality and financial and institutional strength as Kazoo School continues its mission to educate children in an environment of academic challenge, personal and emotional growth, and preparation for a lifetime of learning and contribution to the community.  The Head of School will actively partner with staff personnel, the faculty, and the school community to inspire students with a passion for learning; critical thinking; creative expression; an orientation towards inclusiveness, acceptance and collaboration; and a commitment to environmental sustainability.  Kazoo School welcomes applications that reflect a wide range of leadership forms and organizational structures.

Click HERE for full position description and information for applicants


Part-Time Positions: Substitute Teachers, Support Teachers, Extended Day Program Assistants

We are looking for a few nurturing, energetic, patient, and thoughtful, individuals to join the Kazoo School faculty on a part-time basis. Positions include:

  • Substitute Teachers: PK-8, all subjects (Full day: 7:45-3:30 or partial days)
  • Extended Day Program Assistants (3:15-6:00)

Candidates must:

  • be great team players
  • enjoy working with children
  • communicate clearly and respectfully with children and adults
  • pass required background checks

Desired qualifications:

  • degree or coursework in education, psychology, or related field
  • experience teaching or working with children
  • CPR and First Aid training

Position hours will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


Applicants for all postings should send:  A cover letter, resume and three references to:

Office of the Head of School
Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School
1401 Cherry Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

E-Mail: info@kazooschool.org

No telephone inquiries please

 

The Kazoo School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law in its admission, hiring or financial aid policies.