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Employment

Thank you for your interest in The Independent School! We welcome resumes from interested individuals and hope that outstanding educators and talented people will submit applications.

Employment

About The Independent School 

Founded in 1980 by Jean Garvey, The Independent School offers a remarkable history and a thriving community spirit based on a school-family partnership that focuses on a student-centered learning environment. The Independent School continues to build on the foundation that guided its founder more than 35 years ago: to provide a cost-effective, college preparatory education for a lifetime of learning. Governed by a Board of Trustees, the school has grown into a highly reputable, independent school, serving students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Students come from a wide variety of racial, ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. Graduates are prepared for admission to colleges and universities of their choice with 100 percent of graduates moving on to higher education.

Early Learning Center

All Positions

The new Independent Early Learning Center (ELC) is now hiring for all positions including teachers for infants, toddlers, and preschool, as well as an Assistant Director.

A committee was selected by the Board of Trustees to re-purpose Mrs. Garvey’s home into a vibrant new addition to The Independent School campus.  Many hours of creative thought was given to selecting a purpose that both furthered our mission and honored our founder. The Independent Early Learning Center was born. When completed later this fall, Mrs. Garvey’s home will be transformed into a place that will inspire learning in an environment that is filled with natural light and views of nature from every classroom.

When completed the ELC will feature:  

  • A well-lit parking lot for employees
  • Four classrooms
  • An indoor gross-motor play area
  • A nursery for infants
  • An exploration room for active learning
  • Two nature themed turf playgrounds including a designated outdoor area for infants
  • Secure environment including: cameras and pin code access keypads on all entrance doors and on two hallway doors leading to the classrooms

Our classrooms are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy using the High Scope curriculum.  We encourage children to ask questions by building up their self-esteem and providing an environment that fosters open-ended and purposeful play.  Instead of giving them the answers, we give them the tools to find the answers for themselves. We believe in nurturing the whole child, guiding them in all areas of development in a way that is individual to their needs; placing strong emphasis on their social, emotional growth as well as their intellect.  We view the child, parents, and teachers as a team, working together, each valued equally to stay consistent and to build a platform of support for each other.

Reggio Emilia

Through the Reggio-inspired approach, children form an understanding of themselves and the world around them. They’ll begin to develop the ability to think critically and creatively and to form their own opinions, not just what others tell them, but to evaluate and make informed choices.

There is a strong focus on social collaboration, working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued.  The adult is not the giver of knowledge. The children will search out the knowledge through their own investigations.

High Scope

The incorporation of the High Scope approach will emphasize “active participatory learning.” Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experience with people, objects, events, and ideas.  Quality early childhood education is a team effort and all team members play an important role in the success of the Center. We want to put together the Ideal Team for our Early Learning Center.

Responsibilities:

  • Help to set-up and breakdown the classroom and activities each day
  • Help prepare and clean up after meals
  • Collaborate in the planning and implementation of curriculum based on the child’s own interests
  • Help document daily activities and observations and help complete assessments
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practice and take initiative to seek out professional articles and training opportunities to build on knowledge
  • Display the highest level of care nurturing for children
  • Work with a co-teacher to manage a warm, welcoming, and safe classroom environment
  • Involve parents in the growth and development process by sharing documentation, organizing parent-child events, and conducting parent-teacher conferences
  • A willingness to learn about and implement child-focused or Reggio-inspired perspectives
  • View learning as a collaborative process
  • Engage children in many ways leading with play, but continuing with art, music, reading, writing, and experimentation
  • Ensure the safety of each child enrolled in the class whether in the classroom, on the playground, or in common areas
  • Accept and maintain responsibility daily for the ordered arrangement, appearance, decor, and cleanliness of the learning environment
  • Treat each child, family, and staff with dignity and respect
  • Comply with child care licensing regulations through KDHE
  • Utilizes appropriate language, interactions, and positive discipline
  • Models positive behavior
  • Implements age appropriate activities that support Reggio Emilia approach and the High Scope curriculum
  • Implement and model family style eating during meal times
  • As a mandated reporter, report child abuse and neglect when necessary
  • Utilizes process, not product, instruction with children
  • Informs parents about daily classroom
  • Completes all necessary paperwork for classroom activities including meal count sheets, attendance, screenings, lesson plans, and parent/teacher conferences in a timely manner

Qualifications:

  • Degree in Early Childhood or related field or CDA depending on position
  • One to three years experience teaching young children in a licensed facility
  • Experience creating educational lesson plans
  • Possess enthusiasm for nature-based learning
  • Familiarity with social-emotional competence, interest based lesson planning, Reggio and High Scope preferred but not required
  • Possess understanding of child development and appropriate behaviors
  • Understand developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Must be energetic, fun, and possess a positive attitude
  • A love of children and motivation to make a difference everyday
  • CPR and First Aid Certification or a willingness to obtain the certifications before the first day of employment
  • Must meet state specific requirements for education and experience for the role, including but not limited to Health Assessment, Health and Safety Training as described in the KDHE regulation book and continued in-service training throughout employment or willing to obtain
  • Must be physically able to use a computer with basic proficiency, lift a minimum of 30 pounds, and work indoors or outdoors
  • Must be able to assume postures in low levels to allow physical and visual contact with children, see and hear well enough to keep children safe, and engage in physical activity with children
  • Ability to speak, read, and write English
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Pass pre-employment screening and fingerprint background check

Our teachers will bring warmth, patience, and guidance to the classroom every day. They will be committed to making our center successful and know that creating meaningful relationships with children, families, and within our team will play a crucial role in that success. This is not a job, it is a career!  Being a professional and giving it your all for the children is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your life. Be proud to be an Early Childhood Professional!

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and list of references to Megan Richardson, Director of the Early Learning Center. 

Lower School

All positions are filled at this time.

Middle School

All positions are filled at this time.

Upper School

All positions are filled at this time.

Athletics

All positions are filled at this time.

Staff

Head of School

School Colors: Blue & Gray 

School Mascot: Panther       

Student Range: 6 weeks old to grade 12

KSHAA Designation: 2A

Accrediting Body: Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)

School Mission: To provide a superior, independent, college preparatory education, serving a diverse student population in a safe, supportive community, conducive to the intellectual, emotional and physical growth of each Independent student.

The Independent School seeks as Head of School a uniting and engaging individual to build upon our culture, history and success.  This individual will:

  • Grow our student body via admissions and retention.
  • Promote and supervise advancement opportunities including fundraising, alumni relations, and marketing.
  • Oversee fiscal aspects of all divisions, Independent International, fundraising, and campaigns.
  • Develop our division heads and directors as educators and professionals.
  • Provide an outstanding environment by maintaining, enhancing, and respecting our campus and physical plant.
  • Ensure academic excellence through consistency and adherence to curriculum mapping and all processes and procedures.
  • Make mission-based and value-based decisions (see Our Mission and Our Values).
  • Ensure professional, impactful, and timely communication with all families, faculty, and our outer community.
  • Affect excellence in individualized college counseling for the diverse goals of our Upper School students.
  • Maintain and enhance excellence in athletics, arts, and other extra-curricular activities throughout all divisions.
  • Proudly represent our school in our local and international communities.
  • Vigilantly keep and manage toward exceeding our ISACS standards and strategic plan.
  • Partner with The Independent School Board of Trustees in carrying out our mission and creating long-term viability for the school.

Candidates should take pleasure in celebrating everyday success, pushing staff, faculty, students, and parents to achieve more together, and in the prospect of adding to the rich legacy of The Independent School.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Gwynne Birzer at headsearch@theindependentschool.com

Additional Resources:

Our Values 

ISACS General Profile of an Ideal Head of School

Substitute Teachers

Apply to be a substitute teacher at the Independent School. Qualifications require a college degree and classroom experience is recommended. Please submit your resume to Kim Storer at hrapplications@theindependentschool.com.

The Independent School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Please note: At Independent, we receive hundreds of applications each year for a limited number of positions. While each applicant will receive an automated response confirming their application, we apologize that we are not able to respond to each applicant individually and will only contact those whose applications we wish to pursue further.