University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool Teacher Opening

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool is looking for a caring, creative, and enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about cooperative education to lead our 3-5s Class.

Currently accepting and reviewing applications.

Classes begin September 2018

Class Details:

  • Class meets Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 am–12 pm; and Tuesday, 11:30 am–2 pm
  • Extended day runs from January to the end of the school year (1.5 extra hours of class per week for children entering kindergarten the next fall)
  • Weekly commitment averages 13 hours, plus 4-6 additional hours per month (for school meetings and other school events)
  • Class is composed of approximately 20 children who are three to five years old
  • Class follows Seattle Public Schools calendar

Required Qualifications:

  • Early childhood education degree or equivalent experience in an early childhood setting, with coop preschool experience preferred
  • Experience developing and implementing an age-appropriate, play-based curriculum
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with children and adults
  • Passion for working in a diverse, cooperative classroom setting and for being part of an inclusive, dynamic, community-based program
  • CPR certification or ability to get certification if hired

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool Offers:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Career growth opportunities
  • 1:5 class ratio (including parents working in the classroom one day/week)
  • A large, open classroom with all learning centers in one room
  • Plentiful classroom materials and indoor play equipment
  • A wonderful, supportive parent community within an established network of cooperative preschools
  • Use of Bryant Elementary playground and play field, located right next door

Job Description:

The teacher’s role in our parent cooperative program requires working closely with both the parents and their children. The teacher provides an environment for children to grow emotionally, intellectually, socially, and physically through play. The preschool teacher provides the parents with direction and serves as a model for working with young children. The teacher also collaborates with a North Seattle College Parent Educator, who provides instruction and guidance to the parents and works in the classroom two hours per week.

The teacher will:

  • Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, play-based, anti-bias curriculum. Create stimulating first-hand experiences to enhance and encourage children’s well-rounded development.
  • Provide a warm, welcoming, and encouraging environment for children and parents. Spend class time engaging with and guiding children in a positive, age-appropriate manner. Participate in classroom activities and provide opportunities for children to learn through cooperative play.
  • Establish a predictable but flexible classroom schedule with a balance of active and quiet play. Follow best practice guidelines including incorporation of the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines.
  • Create a professional development plan in September 2018 to share with the Parent Educator and the All-School and 3-5s Class Boards.
  • Consult with the Parent Educator in creating a high-quality children’s program. Demonstrate and give ideas for implementing curriculum activities.
  • Create an extended day curriculum for children entering kindergarten the next year, focusing on kindergarten readiness. Extended day sessions (1.5 hours per week) run from January through the end of the school year.
  • Plan and conduct a classroom orientation for parents in September 2018. Supervise parents in the daily operation of the classroom. Participate in Spring Orientation and collaborate with the Pre-3s teacher to welcome and introduce new families to the University-Ravenna site as applicable.
  • Provide a monthly curriculum overview to the parents. Allow parents the freedom to try their ideas in curriculum.
  • Conduct short beginning of year home visits for the children and parents to get to know you.
  • Oversee and participate in school field trips (there is a parent volunteer who coordinates these activities).
  • Organize materials and resources for the children’s activities, and, in collaboration with the Pre-3’s teacher, make recommendations to the board for purchasing equipment and supplies for the school.
  • Serve as a team member, along with the Parent Educator and child’s parent, to develop individual goals for the child.
  • Provide parents the opportunity to present a small group activity weekly.
  • Participate in monthly all school board and parent meetings. Participate in or advise the local classroom board on a quarterly basis.
  • Attend workshops, classes, and/or observe other programs to continue to grow teaching skills.
  • Follow Health and Safety guidelines included in the school’s Risk Management Manual.
  • Submit to ADA requirements, including being able to lift and carry 35-60 lbs.

How to Apply:

Please email the following to

  • Cover letter and resume
  • List of two professional references
  • One-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • Sample lesson plan

Sound like a perfect fit? We can’t wait to hear from you!

For more information about University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool and the North Seattle College Cooperative Preschool Program, see our website at

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool is an equal opportunity employer