Certified Pre-K Teacher

We are ...

  • Mainspring Schools: The little school doing big things.

  • Changing the lives of at-risk young children and their families -- and with it, the future of Austin

  • A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to deliver the highest quality early education and care to Austin’s most economically disadvantaged children, along with services so each child and parent have tools for success in school and life.

  • A small, motivated, energetic staff of educators who prepare kids ages 0-5 for success in school and life through high-quality early education, nutrition, family services, and community building.

  • One of the most respected early childhood programs in Texas

  • An in-district charter campus within Austin ISD

  • An Early Head Start provider

  • Recognized with the highest possible 4-star rating in the Texas Rising Stars system

  • One of only 8% of early childhood centers in the US to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

  • Selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to be part of its exclusive Replicating Great Options program

  • The February 2018 “Get Involved Spotlight Organization” on KUT

You are ...

  • Collegial and communicative with co-workers and colleagues

  • Able to develop friendly and appropriate relationships with children and families

  • A thoughtful, capable, timely decision-maker

  • Certain that cultural diversity and a variety of perspectives are important

  • Observant, organized, and pro-active advocate for children from hard places

  • Resilient and resourceful

  • Trustworthy and forthright as a team member

As the Lead Preschool Teacher …

You’ll lead a pre-K classroom of full-of-potential kids on a full-time basis. You’ll wow us if you can masterfully:

  • Ensure that all children are properly supervised at all times

  • Collaborate with your co-teacher to design and implement age-appropriate curriculum, instructional design, and a daily schedule that meets the needs and interests of the group

  • Perform assessments, maintain records, and participate in a teacher-parent conference with each child’s parent(s) twice a year or whenever requested by the parents

  • Meet requirements of Texas Minimum Standards, Texas Rising Star, NAEYC, Early Head Start, and any other accreditation requirements

  • Perform assessments, maintain records, and participate in bi-annual parent conferences, or when requested

  • Identify children with developmental delays, behaviors, or unusual assessment results

  • Cooperate with the Director of Family Services, Education Director, and parents of children in creating any necessary behavior plans

  • Create authentic, caring relationships with children and families through open and productive communication

  • Provide supervision, encouragement and guidance for volunteers, substitutes, visiting student observers, and other adults who visit the classroom

  • Participate in regular staff meetings, in-service training days and other Mainspring events

  • Obtain required number of training hours in the categories defined by Texas Minimum Standards and Texas Rising Star (a minimum of 30 hours of documented training per year is currently required)

  • Observe and correct/report any hazardous conditions of the building, grounds, or equipment

  • Serve as mandatory reporter for child abuse

  • Use trauma-informed practices to inform your work in the classroom and with families

  • Accept other duties as assigned by the Education Director

We need you to have ...

  • A Bachelor’s degree in child development or early childhood and one year’s supervised teaching experience; or, Associate degree in child development or early childhood and two years’ supervised preschool teaching experience; Bachelor's degree in similar field with at least 30 hours in ECE.

  • Current Certification through the TEA qualifying you to work in an AISD classroom

  • Knowledge and understanding of children’s growth and development, as well as their physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs.

  • Willingness to continue professional growth through related college courses, reading, conferences, training, meetings, and/or membership in professional organizations.

  • Understanding of the special concerns of low income families and children.

  • Qualifications as designated by the “Texas Minimum Standards for Day Care Centers.”

  • Ability to supervise children by sight and sound at all times

  • Able to lift, carry, and walk with 40 pounds. Must be able to get on floor and get up.

So that we can ...

  • Pay you $

  • Provide health, dental, and vision insurance

  • Provide an Employee Assistance Program that includes onsite counseling and support

  • Give you paid time off, sick time, and holiday pay

  • Match up to 3% to your 401(k) retirement

  • Offer trainings in TBRI, Conscious Discipline, classroom environments, and other professional development topics

  • Welcome you to an impactful work environment where you’ll make a real difference every day

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to education@mainspringschools.org.