Teachers at The Kenworthy School are the community builders and the heads of the school family. They are first to partner with families; they know the spark that ignites a love of learning; they teach the skills that cultivate resilience, and each Teacher builds that strong connection that allows each Kenworthy Kid to embrace joy!
The classroom Teacher is essential to maintaining the culture and standards of the school in an encouraging and helpful style. By personality (s)he is self motivated, organized, detail oriented with proven interpersonal skills,and inspires parents, children and colleagues. The Kenworthy Teacher demonstrates creative and successful problem solving skills, enduring support of the school mission and is accessible to colleagues, parents and administration.
The Kenworthy Teacher is child centered and grows in skills of self regulation modeling the behavior we want for children with the goal of being the change we want to see in the world. The Kenworthy School Teacher is knowledgeable and comfortable with the skills, strategies and teacher behaviors of Conscious Discipline and Frog Street Curriculum and reliably and accurately implements the goals, strategies and teaching skills included.
Additionally the Teacher shares information positively about the school curriculum and learning opportunities for children, the competencies and excellence of other faculty members, the culture of the school and the guidelines and policies of the school with parents and prospective parents. This person is supportive in ways that contribute to the success of the educational community. The Teacher is trusted to keep confidences.
The classroom Teacher enjoys being helpful and supportive and looks for ways to make a positive difference in the lives of all in the Kenworthy School community. This is a teacher has boundless energy to guide children to
success. The Teacher is a major standard bearer for the school’s mission and is vigilant in managing the classroom within DFPS guidelines for Minimum Standards for quality care at all times.
Minimum Education Requirement
- Bachelor Degree in Education, Child Development, or in a special area: music, art, physical education
- A specialist degree, bachelor degree, or higher degree from an accredited college or university in an education related field (education, child development, physical education, etc.)
Texas Teacher Certification; or Teacher certification from other states
- CDA certificate
- In specific situations evidence of experience as a successful preschool teacher in another setting might be substituted for the Bachelor Degree, especially if the teaching experience is combined with evidence of professional development experiences.
- Members of The Kenworthy Faculty have successfully completed Teacher education, including a teaching internship with a respectable GPA, and in most cases, have taught in either a private or public school
- Faculty and Staff members have good references, are screened through the DFPS required abuse registry, and a local law (background) check
- The teacher is salaried and works an eight hour day with leave time and paid holidays as described in the Faculty Staff Agreement (contract)
- Has scheduled conference and planning time as part of daily schedule
- Attends occasional after hour meetings, trainings and social events
- May opt for additional hours of responsibilities for additional pay as requested
Is paid according to the Teacher Compensation Agreement based on education, experience, and assignment.
Kenworthy Teacher Position Requirements
All Kenworthy School faculty and staff must meet the following:
Texas State Requirements
- Meet the requirements of the DFPS of the State of Texas
- Red Cross and CPR Certification
- Preservice Training and 24 Annual Hours Training in position related information
Kenworthy School Guidelines for Faculty and Staff
- The Teacher provides safe, healthy, inviting classroom learning environment for students, parents, and faculty, and is vigilant that all children are in direct supervision at all times.
- The Teacher is vigilant in managing the classroom within DFPS guidelines for Minimum Standards for quality care at all times.
- The Teacher’s behavior and language demonstrate enjoyment of work with children, energy for making the school an even better school family and connection and positive interactions with colleagues, administration and the parent community
The Teacher is knowledgeable of and cooperates with:
- Commitment to the school mission statement
- All programs and learning guidelines of The Kenworthy School
- All guidelines and standards for health and safety of children
- Concierge Program
- Keeping all furniture, toys, curriculum materials, art supplies and storage areas clean and in good repair
- Requirements for the school food program as implemented in the classroom
- All components of the school curriculum
- Playground and outside play guidelines
- Mentoring and support of colleagues
General Qualifications for Employment at The Kenworthy School:
- Ability to respond immediately to emergency situations
- Ability to handle crisis situations, especially where children are involved
- Ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid
- Ability to see and read newsprint, with or without corrective lenses
- Ability to speak and be understood under normal circumstances
- Ability to lift and carry children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds
- Ability to use arms, hands, legs, and feet, with or without corrective devices; this includes the ability to evacuate the building during emergencies.