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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

Co-Lead Teacher, Early Learning Center

Co-Lead Teacher, Infant Room / One Year Old Room / Early Preschool Room

The Independent Early Learning Center is hiring for a co-lead for our Early Preschool Room. We are Reggio Emilia inspired and we use the High Scope curriculum to strive for the children to have so much fun at school that they don’t even realize how much they are learning. 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 each child as a whole; guiding them in all areas of development in a way that is individual to their needs; putting 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 our 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 experiences with people, objects, events and ideas.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Set-up and breakdown the classroom and activities each day
  • Prepare and clean up after meals
  • Collaborate in the planning and implementing of curriculum based on the children’s own interest
  • 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 and 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 of the classroom
  • Treat each child, family and The Independent staff with dignity and respect 
  • Comply with child care licensing through KDHE
  • Utilizes appropriate language, interactions, and positive discipline.Models Positive behavior
  • Implement age appropriate activities that support Reggio Emillia 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
  • Utilize process not product instruction with children.
  • Inform parents about daily classroom routines, expectations, policies, procedures and volunteer opportunities.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork for classroom activities including meal count sheets, attendance, screenings, lesson plans and parent/teacher conferences in a timely manner
  • Attend to children’s basic needs including but not limited to feedings and diapering/toilet training

 

Qualifications

  • Degree in Early Childhood or related field or CDA
  • One to three years experience teaching young children in a licensed facility
  • Experience creating educational lesson plans
  • Possess Enthusiasm about nature-based learning
  • Familiarity with social-emotional competence, interest based lesson planning, Reggio and High Scope preferred but not required; however, one must be open and willing to implement these practices into your classroom.
  • 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 willingness to obtain before start day
  • 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 KBI background 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 and community, will play a crucial role in that success.

Early Learning Center Substitute Teachers

The Independent Early Learning Center is currently hiring for substitutes.

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 implementing of curriculum based on the children’s own interest
 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 and 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 of the classroom
 Treat each child, family and The Independent staff with dignity and respect 
 Comply with child care licensing through KDHE
 Utilizes appropriate language, interactions, and positive discipline.
 Models Positive behavior.
 Implement age appropriate activities that support Reggio Emillia 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 routines, expectations, policies, procedures and
volunteer opportunities.
 Completes all necessary paperwork for classroom activities including meal count sheets,
attendance, screenings, lesson plans and parent/teacher conferences in a timely manner.
 Attend to children’s basic needs including but not limited to feedings and diapering/toilet
training

Qualifications
 One to three years experience teaching young children
 Possess Enthusiasm about nature-based learning
 possess understanding of child development and appropriate behaviors
 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 willingness to obtain within 30 days of hire
 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 and community, will play a crucial
role in that success. We expect amazing interactions, challenging and exciting activities and
social and emotional support for children and staff.

We are open year-round from 7am to 6pm. As a substitute, you would sign up for the days
and hours you are available to work. This position pays $10/hour.

Infant / Toddler / Preschool Rover

The Independent Early Learning Center is now hiring for a Preschool Rover, a Toddler Rover and an Infant/Toddler Rover.

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 implementing of curriculum based on the children’s own interest
 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 and 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 of the classroom
 Treat each child, family and The Independent staff with dignity and respect 
 Comply with child care licensing through KDHE
 Utilizes appropriate language, interactions, and positive discipline.
 Models Positive behavior.
 Implement age appropriate activities that support Reggio Emillia 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 routines, expectations, policies, procedures and
volunteer opportunities.
 Completes all necessary paperwork for classroom activities including meal count sheets,
attendance, screenings, lesson plans and parent/teacher conferences in a timely manner.
 Attend to children’s basic needs including but not limited to feedings and diapering/toilet
training

Qualifications
 One to three years experience teaching young children
 Degree in Early Childhood or related degree preferred
 Possess Enthusiasm about nature-based learning
 possess understanding of child development and appropriate behaviors 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 willingness to obtain within 30 days of hire
 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 and community, will play a crucial
role in that success. We expect amazing interactions, challenging and exciting activities and
social and emotional support for children and staff.

We are open year-round from 7am to 6pm, closing for most holidays and in-
service. All our full-time teachers work four, ten hour shifts, a rover covers those teachers
on their days off. Therefore all rovers also work four, ten hour shifts with a day off during the
week. A rover helps with lesson plans, assessments and parent-teacher conferences. These
positions are eligible for benefits and are paid $12/hour.

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

All positions are filled at this time.

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.