Early Childhood Classroom Teacher

Job Title:

Early Childhood Classroom Teacher

Organization Name:

Temple Israel Early Childhood Center

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Position Summary:

Temple Israel Early Childhood Center is a NAEYC accredited, Reggio-inspired, diverse Jewish preschool where children and families build Jewish identity, culture, and values. 

Testimonials from Current Staff

…teachers are listened to. Our opinions matter. We get what we need to be successful. -Miriam 

… The professional coaching is priceless. You have a community that supports you. I have been here 20 years, this is home! – Shiri

…the ECC leadership excels at supporting staff personally and professionally. The staff work as a team. We want the best for each other and for our community of learners and their families. -Rebecca 

This is a 42.75 hour a week job which includes:

  • 9 hours a week of paid prep time
  • 4.25 hours a week of paid set up and clean up time
  • 2.25 hours a week of paid breaks
  • 27.25 hours of classroom time

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • We work together as a team, creating a positive work environment.
  • We are attentive and responsive to our learners, creating a warm and nurturing community where each child feels included and accepted.
  • We interact with the children to support learning through exploration and play.
  • We facilitate children’s social competence and ability to learn through interacting with others.
  • We build rapport with parents through effective communication.
  • We design classroom schedules that are consistent and predictable, with transitions that are handled calmly and with planning; this is communicated using a picture schedule. 
  • We use visuals to decrease anxiety and increase confidence and self-regulation.
  • We are inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, focusing on making the experiences, ideas and learning of the children visible, launching studies responsive to the children’s interests, devoting time to observing children, documenting observations and reflecting together as teaching teams. 
  • We build Jewish identify, culture and values. We facilitate key Jewish experiences for children such as Havdalah, Shabbat, visiting a Sukkah and shaking a Lulav, a Tu B’Shvat Seder, a Purim costume parade and more. Ritual objects become familiar to the children as do Hebrew words and songs and Jewish stories. 
  • We value anti-bias education, supporting our learners as they celebrate their own identity as well as learn about the identities of others, building on that knowledge and experience to stand up for themselves and others in the face of unfairness or prejudice. To that end we incorporate equity and anti-bias work into our explorations with our learners, discussing topics such as race and gender, fairness and unfairness.

Experience and Qualifications Requirements: 

  • Must meet DHS head teacher qualifications
  • Early Childhood Classroom Head Teacher experience preferred 
  • Knowledge of Judaism, Anti-Bias Education, Reggio Emilia, Teaching Strategies Gold and/or NAEYC accreditation standards are a plus.

Additional Information

Physical and Mental Demands


  • 403(b) retirement, 4% employer contribution after two years of employment
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Six weeks of paid parental leave
  • Paid time off for
    • Holidays (Reform Jewish and Federal)
    • Winter break
    • Passover break
    • Summer break (week of Fourth of July) for those who work 12 months
    • Sick time, including for care of family as stipulated by Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.
    • Bereavement pay
    • Personal time
  • Paid time for professional development, including Pediatric First Aid and CPR certification
  • `2 Weeks of Teacher Orientation each August

How to Apply

Please submit resume to Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl, ECC Director, at: [email protected].