Creative Scholars Preschool

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Preschool Teacher

Child Development | Cook County, IL | Full Time

Job Description

Creative Scholars Preschool is an independent preschool in the Bucktown neighborhood.  We are a small, collaborative school where we believe that play and child interests drive learning and development.  We strive to create a culture of collaboration and reflection among the staff where all staff members are encouraged to think creatively and share their ideas for the school. 


We are looking for a lead co-teacher for our new infant classroom.


Teachers must be able to work in a collaborative and reflective team.  Under the supervision of the Director, teachers are responsible for creating a warm and inviting environment and planning a curriculum that is responsive to children.


Teachers should have the following dispositions about working with young children:

  • Curious about the child’s perspective
  • Have an image of the child as capable
  • Take delight in children’s development
  • Show respect for children’s feelings
  • Understand child guidance in developmental context
  • Consistently communicate the worth of each child
  • Manage the group while giving individual attention
  • Model anti-bias practices and cultural sensitivity
  • Speak about children in a strengths-based, rather than deficits approach


When working with families, teachers should:

  • Build relationships
  • Seek to reflect family life in classroom
  • Communicate details of child development
  • Communication value of children’s play
  • Have genuine empathy for parent perspectives
  • Be self-confident and articulated when challenged
  • Present self as a professional ally of parents
  • Consistently communicate with parents


Other Requirements

  • Have an associates degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
  • Have, or be working towards, a level 3 infant/toddler credential from Gateways
  • Preference given to applicants who are Illinois Director Qualified through DCFS