Employment

Play Mountain Place emphasizes deep respect for children, support for their social and emotional growth, child-initiated curriculum, and team teaching using a consensus approach to decision-making. Preference will be given to teachers already trained in this philosophy. If you are interested in working at Play Mountain Place, please give us a call at 323-870-4381 to see if we have any openings.

If you are interested in an internship, please see the Internships area of this website.

School Philosophy and Teacher Role

Play Mountain Place is a humanistic alternative school with a philosophy of deep respect for children and for the process of children’s development and learning proceeding at their own pace. We strongly support the expression of feelings, and children’s emotional and social growth and development is as much a part of our program as their physical and intellectual growth.

Teachers must know how to listen well to children’s feelings, help children find safe outlets for their feelings and model a non-authoritarian conflict resolution process that respects differences and empowers children to come to solutions by consensus and mutual agreements.

Teachers also work very closely with parents in our parent education and support programs. Family/school relationships are very personal and close. Teachers work in teams and consequently, must be committed to very respectful and involved interpersonal communication processes and consensus decision-making in group settings.

Both child-initiated and teacher-offered activities make up the daily curriculum. Teachers need to be skilled at supporting and facilitating child-initiated curriculum. Teacher-offered curriculum is expected to be experiential, developmentally appropriate and reflect our commitment to anti-bias education.

Job Requirements, Hours, & Salary Information

Nursery Teachers

When we are hiring teachers, we look for teachers to work with children ages 2 ½ to 6 years old who are already experienced in this kind of program or very committed to this philosophy. Teaching experience and units in early childhood education are preferred.

Elementary Teachers

When we are hiring teachers, we look for teachers to work with children ages 6 to 11 years old who are already experienced in this kind of program or very committed to this philosophy. Teaching experience or training in elementary education is strongly preferred.

Positions are full-time, 40 hours per week. The school year for staff begins in late August and runs until mid-June. Salary is based on education and experience. Benefits include paid flexible health and education benefits, holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

A visit to the school to observe the program is a required step in the application process.

If you are interested, please call us at 323-870-4381, to see if there are any positions available.

Then email or mail resume to: info@playmountain.org