St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School is a Nursery through Grade 8 school enrolling more than 500 students on two campuses in the Palisades section of northwest Washington, D.C. Located on the main Whitehaven Campus, the Nursery School includes Nursery and PK classes with a total of approximately 70 students enrolled. The Nursery School is one of three divisions, along with the Lower School (Kindergarten to Grade 3) and the Upper School (Grades 4 to 8), that comprise St. Patrick’s. Upon graduation from St. Patrick’s, our students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine independent schools.
The Nursery School enrolls children ages three through five. It encompasses five classes—two Nursery classes for younger children (three years of age by September 1 of their enrolling year) and three PK classes (four years of age by September 1 of their enrolling year). In addition to an 8:30 am to noon program, optional afternoon classes until 2:50 pm are available. A Head Teacher and an Assistant Teacher lead morning classes of 12 to 15 children. Afternoon classes, typically comprising eight children, have one teacher, either a Head Teacher or an Assistant Teacher. On Friday afternoons, all Nursery School teachers take part in faculty meetings.
Because we have not made final teaching-team assignments for the 2017-2018 school year, we are currently seeking candidates who would excel in either a Nursery (three-year-old) classroom or a PK (four-year-old) classroom.
While each Nursery School Head Teacher has the ultimate responsibility for designing and implementing classroom curriculum—in a manner consistent with the Day School Mission Statement, Statement of Philosophy, and Mission Statement for Equity and Diversity, as well as an ever-growing knowledge of how children learn best and an understanding of individual children’s developmental abilities, needs, styles, and interests—s/he relies on the involvement of the Assistant Teacher in planning and implementing activities in the classroom and elsewhere. The Nursery School classroom curriculum is based on a thorough knowledge of early childhood development and incorporates school initiatives—i.e. Exceptional Literacy, as described in Setting Compass, available on the website under Who We Are/From the Head; Responsive Classroom; global and multicultural awareness; character education; and community-building. Thematic units address the needs and interests of the children and promote the development of individual social-emotional, cognitive, and motor goals. To promote the smooth implementation of planned curriculum activities, the Assistant Teacher helps the Head Teacher build classroom community, establish effective routines and rules, and foster rapport with each child.
In truth, curriculum is “everything that happens” within the walls and on the playground of the Nursery School. To that end, the Assistant Teacher does much of his/her curriculum work in helping to maintain a smooth classroom routine and effectively attending to his/her part of classroom duties.
A successful candidate for the position of Nursery School Assistant Teacher will demonstrate:
the attainment of at least a bachelor’s degree;
a determination to engage in and learn more about the education of young children, particularly between the ages of three and five years old, including their cognitive, social-emotional, spiritual, and motor development;
the desire and potential to grow in the knowledge and understanding of the particular needs, across developmental domains, of young children;
an enjoyment of working with young children, in all of their wonderful diversity and across those developmental domains, and the patience, good humor, and developing insight to help them grow as individuals and members of a larger community;
a highly collaborative and collegial manner and a willingness to work under the direction of the Head Teacher, as outlined above;
the ability to express ideas effectively both verbally and in writing; and
completion of the required background check.
Previous experience in an early childhood educational setting is not required, but candidates with that experience will receive preference in the appointment process.
Candidates for the position of Nursery School Assistant Teacher should mail or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) a cover letter, resume, and list of names and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to Paul Lorenzo-Giguere, Head of Nursery School, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, D.C., 20007.
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School is an independent, coeducational, parish day school located in the Palisades section of Northwest Washington, D.C., serving more than 500 students from three-year-old Nursery through Grade 8. For 60 years, St. Patrick's has been providing a vibrant, challenging coeducational school environment that balances tradition and innovation in an educational program that ...emphasizes the acquisition of essential skills, integration of disciplines, and active learning. It seeks to educate young people who will grow in intellectual and academic strength, personal integrity, openness to change, commitment to service, and confident and ethical involvement in the world. St. Patrick's students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine schools - including local independent day schools, boarding schools largely in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions and, less frequently, public schools - upon graduation.
Campuses include the Whitehaven Campus, home to Nursery through Grade 6 and Grades 7 and 8 math and science, and the MacArthur Campus, the traditional home to Grades 7 and 8. St. Patrick's also has a regulation athletic field and stadium complex on the Foxhall Campus, located a short walk from the main Whitehaven Campus. There are three divisions: Nursery School (Nursery and PK), Lower School (Kindergarten to Grade 3), and Upper School (Grades 4 through 8).