Elementary Child Development Teacher
Are you interested in cross-cultural bridge building?
Are you open-minded and interested in learning vanguard approaches to education
as well as being creative yourself in teaching? Do you live to work rather
than work to live? If you are still with us, with all unreserved yes’s, you
will find South-East Asia Center (SEAC) a rewarding place to work.
SEAC (“SEEK”) is currently offering a teaching position
with a classroom of mostly S.E. Asian and some N.E. African 6-8 year old
elementary school children. The position involves teaching full 8-hours
days some 82 days of the year (summers and school holidays) and some 172
part days from 2:30 PM until 6 PM. You are charged with creating timely
full-blown lesson plans carrying throughout the year, however, for the 68
long days these plans will, of course, be quite substantial. We follow an
annual curricular theme.
Our cross-cultural strategy is unlike that of most
schools, but much more positive and constructive from our experience. You
must decide before you accept this position that you would feel comfortable
in teaching in this unfamiliar fashion, as building bridges is SEAC’s mission
and motto. Do not fear; our strategies are quite logical and empirical in
We are a medium size center, but with a homey
small-center environment. We take our work very seriously, work hard and
expect new staff to do the same. We take pride in the “good work” we do in
terms of both helping others and the quality of that work. Most of our
teachers work on a professional basis that means extra commitment beyond
regular work hours for lesson planning, home visits, parent meetings, room
arrangement/ maintenance, teacher meetings, etc.
During the 172 or so days of part-day teaching, you will
have a second assignment for the other roughly half day. SEAC will work to
match your skills and interests with the many aspects of what we do at SEAC
to help people in need. Some of our teachers have taught ESL, provided
social services to immigrants, worked in our adult day care, Pre-K or
toddler program, performed accounting or architecture duties, done
gardening, health care monitoring, cooking/shopping, carpentry,
landscaping, childcare intake, etc. We have some 14 programs and many
support services where we have needs that we will discuss with you. But you
must be as responsible in this aspect of your job and enjoy this aspect of
your day as much as the elementary teaching part. Please include in your
cover letter some hobbies, college minors, pass-times that might translate
into that first-shift of your job.
Qualifications: include at least 18-30 credits in the
field of elementary school education, ability to write and follow a lesson
plan, ability to manage a classroom with up to 20 children with or without
aides or a classroom of up to 30 with at least one aide, or to work as a
co-teacher as needed. Must be willing and able to work with 5 to 12 year olds
(as needed) and in classrooms with mixed ages. BA or MA with education
major or minor (with adequate credits) required. Position requires a high
level of reliability (minimal days off and with advance notice) and ability
to work during public school vacations/ holidays other than seven major
Job duties involve assistance of immigrant children in
one of SEAC’s five elementary-level classrooms; planning and implementation
of small-group or whole-class educational activities indoors and out; at
least one home visit per month and one teacher staff meeting after regular
hours. Teacher is responsible for classroom clean-up/ arrangement/
reorganization at end of day. Must be willing to read meticulously, digest,
implement, and adhere to CPS, IBoE, DCFS, QRS,
and SEAC standards. A high level of professional responsibility and quality
of work is expected.
Compensation: Depending upon academic qualifications and
experience; SEAC’s teacher salaries are on average slightly higher than
those of other childcare/ child development centers in Chicago. Benefits are generally somewhat higher
than average for organizations of our size and type.
Please email cover letter, resume, transcripts and
salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Salary Information:
Compensation commensurate with credentials and experience.