envelope user-fill fast-backward backward forward fast-forward Document PDF Phone math music physical-education science social-studies spanish technology visual-arts explore band drama envelope-o counselors-corner lunch-account media-gallery parent-group parent-portal seasonal-template

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, Early Preschool Room

(ages 2 ½ to 4 years)

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.

Lower School

All positions are filled at this time.

Middle School

Middle School Math Teacher

Job Title: Middle School Math Teacher
Job Description:

The Independent School is currently seeking a full-time Middle School math teacher for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Independent School is a private K-12, independent school that offers students the opportunity to excel in academics, fine arts, and athletics. With small class sizes and exceptional teachers, students are provided a challenging college preparatory curriculum in a supportive, caring environment.   Applicant must be a team player, a life-long learner and work collaboratively and cooperatively with colleagues. 

Qualified applicants should fulfill the following minimum requirements:    

A Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in Education/Math or a related field of learning.  

Two years of teaching experience in a full-time school  

U.S. teaching certification is highly desirable, especially with middle or high school Math Endorsement  

Capable of teaching all levels of middle school math, including Algebra   

Knowledge of higher math courses and curriculum  

Authorization to work in the U.S.  

Strong desire to inspire and challenge students  

Strong student and parent connections    

Coaching is available, but not required for the successful applicant.    

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Julie Barrett, Head of Middle School.

Upper School

Assistant Varsity/Middle Girls Volleyball Coach

The Independent School is seeking an assistant varsity girls volleyball coach, and a middle school girls volleyball coach. The season begins early August and runs through the early part of November. Practice and games are five days a week. The Independent School is a member of the Central Plains League and a 2A school.

Candidates should have playing or coaching experience. If interested, please forward a resume.

Job Type: Temporary

Experience:

Coaching: 1 year (Preferred)

Education:

High school or equivalent 

Salary:

Depending on experience and education (Stipend) 


 

Please send your resume and cover letter to kurt.mcafee@theindependentschool.com

Athletics

Assistant Varsity/Middle Girls Volleyball Coach

The Independent School is seeking an assistant varsity girls volleyball coach, and a middle school girls volleyball coach. The season begins early August and runs through the early part of November. Practice and games are five days a week. The Independent School is a member of the Central Plains League and a 2A school.

Candidates should have playing or coaching experience. If interested, please forward a resume.

Job Type: Temporary

Experience:

Coaching: 1 year (Preferred)

Education:

High school or equivalent 

Salary:

Depending on experience and education (Stipend) 


 

Please send your resume and cover letter to kurt.mcafee@theindependentschool.com

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.