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Posted On: May 13, 2021

Founding Lead Pre-K Teacher

Harlem Village Academies

New York,NY, usa

The Opportunity

Harlem Village Academies ( is a community of educators working to build an urban school district based on the ideals and tenets of progressive education. HVA is the lab school for the Progressive Education Institute (

The Founding Teacher will be responsible for facilitating Pre-K students’ emotional and intellectual development within a nurturing classroom environment. They will be intimately familiar with the Montessori approach, and demonstrate the ability to leverage a progressive philosophy ( in relationships with students and families. Alongside a team of dedicated educators and leaders, the ideal candidate will work tirelessly to build a collaborative, respectful school community that values student empowerment.


-Create lesson plans and curricula centered around students’ developing social, intellectual, and emotional skills

-Promote student independence, intellectual curiosity and intrinsic motivation

-Establish and uphold classroom routines to ensure a focused, safe and caring environment

-Monitor and assess progress to identify individual student needs

-Collaborate with colleagues to share best practices and ensure student mastery of standards

-Maintain close relationships with families, including phone calls and conferences


-Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field

-Two years of teaching experience in Pre-K is preferred

-Experience teaching in a Montessori school, preferably in an urban setting

-Patience and excellent observational, communication, and diagnostic skills

-A strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement

-Unshakeable conviction that all students can learn at a high level

Organizational Culture

Our team is passionately committed to the vision and values of Harlem Village Academies; have a positive mindset; a very strong work ethic; and an inner drive for excellence. The ideal candidate will thrive working within an entrepreneurial and results-driven environment.