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The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge seeks an Assistant Lower School Head for the 2023-2024 academic year. The Assistant Lower School Head role is integral to the Lower School, serving over 360 PreK-3 through 5th-grade students. Episcopal’s Lower School is a faculty and staff community that embraces the whole-child educational philosophy. This individual will serve the entire Lower School but will have a particular focus on the Early Childhood program. Therefore, an ideal candidate is one with experience teaching and serving early childhood-age students. This position is a twelve-month full-time position with an annual renewal. The position begins on July 1st of each year.
Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, a college preparatory educational community of approximately 950 students and approximately 170 professionals, includes grades PreK-3 through 12 that embraces the whole-child educational philosophy. As an Episcopal school, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge was created to be a diverse institution of educational and human development for all persons, regardless of origin, background, ability, or religion. We are created to “strive for justice and peace among all people and [to] respect the dignity of every human being.” Episcopal is known for its academic performance, for its attention to the spiritual lives of its students, and for offering a wide range of opportunities for student education and development. Opportunities to excel in academics, arts, athletics, service, and community leadership characterize the school’s program.
- Support a strong sense of belonging in the Lower School community
- Serve as an Early Childhood (PreK3-Kindergarten) instructional coach
- Support Lower School student growth and development when missteps occur; communicate with teachers, parents, the Lower School Counselor, and the Lower School Head
- Serve as a member of the Lower School Learning Support Services team
- Coordinate Lower School scheduling
- Help track attendance and work with families to avoid excessive absences
- Assist with Early Childhood admission and screening of applicants
- Support planning for and help facilitate Lower School duties, meetings, and events
- Attend and help facilitate a variety of Lower School and all-school meetings
- Help develop and implement professional development for faculty; advise faculty on potential professional development opportunities
- Review progress reports and other communications with the Lower School community
- Collaborate with the Lower School Head and all Lower School faculty and staff to support and develop the Lower School program
Personal and Professional Characteristics and Experiences
- A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or certification in Early Childhood Education
- At least five years of teaching experience, preferably in the early childhood classroom
- Experience and a deep understanding of early childhood programs
- Experience working with early childhood parents
- Embraces the whole child educational philosophy
- Understands the developmental characteristics of Lower School students and the importance of nurturing social-emotional development in children
- Demonstrates strong cultural competency skills and an enthusiasm for celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and belonging
- Demonstrates sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members with a continuous focus on healthy relationship building
- Results-driven and task-oriented collaborative spirit when working with colleagues
- Classroom management skills that promote a positive classroom environment
- Familiarity with play-based learning and Responsive Classroom
- Exceptional organizational skills, ability to juggle many responsibilities, and adaptability to change
- Communicates clearly and with appropriate empathy to students, parents, and colleagues
- Ability to react and adjust quickly to changing conditions and to come up with practical ideas for addressing them
- Experience addressing a wide variety of situations in a professional and solution-oriented manner
Our School Mission - As a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge nurtures and develops the whole child -- spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and artistically -- through challenging academic and co-curricular programs which prepare our graduates for college and for purposeful lives.
Our Episcopal Identity - Episcopal schools are Christian communities whose missions integrate spiritual formation into all aspects of the educational experience in a graceful and inclusive way. Even the most diverse of Episcopal schools are created to be communities that honor, celebrate and worship God as the center of life. We are created to be models of God’s love and grace. We are created to serve God in Christ in all persons, regardless of origin, background, ability, or religion. We are created to “strive for justice and peace among all people and [to] respect the dignity of every human being.” Episcopal schools have been established, however, not solely as communities for Christians, like a parish church, but as diverse institutions of educational and human development for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Episcopal schools are populated by a rich variety of human beings, from increasingly diverse religious, cultural, and economic backgrounds. By weaving the principles of meaningful school worship, rich community life, foundational religious education, and striving for social justice into the very fabric of the school’s overall life, Episcopal schools ensure that we challenge all who attend our schools to build lives of genuine meaning, purpose, and service in the world they will inherit.