Lead Preschool Teacher or Early Elementary Teacher

Puddles & Pinecones Preschool | Portland, OR, United States

Posted Date 1/12/2022

Puddles & Pinecones Preschool is seeking a full time Early Elementary Teacher or Preschool Teacher for our new family-friendly, in-home Christian preschool which plans to open contingent upon the right hire. Puddles & Pinecones Preschool is a nature-based, emergent, child-centered preschool who models and teaches Christian values and teachings. We provide a safe, caring, family-friendly environment that allows and encourages children to explore, discover, create, and grow in all areas!


At Puddles & Pinecones, you will have more flexibility, creative authority, and autonomy in a family-friendly, casual environment. I desire to give you creative reign over the curriculum or lessons as long as they fit within the vision/scope/mission/values of the preschool. (I have one you can use and adapt or you can come up with your own!) You will not be expected to provide any materials. My hope is that you will have the confidence to borrow best-practices from great learning models such as Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia, and others to build a hybrid model which integrates both alternative and traditional teaching methods that adapts to the needs of our preschoolers, brain research, and practicality!


We have a large 900 sq.ft. space with a fenced quarter acre back yard designated for the preschool. We are located in the SW Portland/Garden Home/Ashcreek neighborhood. You will also have a designated onsite office space. This is a salaried position with 45-50hrs per week. (I will also consider a part-time position, should you prefer that. We are fairly flexible in this area since we are building from the ground up!)


Job Description:

  • Actively participate and support the mission and Christian values and teachings of the school.
  • Live a congruent lifestyle and be an appropriate example to the children in your personal conduct congruent with Christian values.
  • Prepare developmentally appropriate lesson plans within a play-based, nature/outdoorsy preschool.
  • Foster positive relationships with children, parents, the Owner/Director, as well as with any future teacher aids, through proactive assertive communication and a kind heart.
  • Empower children to be independent and compassionate in both thought and action.
  • Have a positive growth mindset.
  • Enthusiastic about a preschool day which includes year around outdoor play time.
  • Enthusiastic about facilitating the physical/movement portions of the day including yoga, children’s movement games, and/or dance, tumbling, and any/all ball games.
  • Enthusiastic about leading the children in morning worship and songs.
  • Create and maintain a positive, well-organized and orderly learning environment where children feel welcome and
  • Must have patience, problem solving skills under pressure, self-control, and a heart for children J.
  • Applications of positive discipline approaches appropriate for preschool age groups (and/or open to reading materials or trainings regarding positive discipline approaches).
  • Appropriate documentation/record keeping in compliance with the Oregon Department of Learning, Early Learning Division requirements (i.e. medication administered, child injuries, etc.)
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Owner/Director of the school.



  • At least one year of qualifying teaching experience
  • OR completion of Oregon Registry Step 8 (20 semester or 30 quarter credits of college/university training in Early Child Education, Child Development, Elementary Education)
  • However, a Bachelor’s degree or Associates degree in field preferred
  • OR a related field degree & qualifying teaching experience is also accepted.
  • Requires a background check
  • Current CPR and first aid training certificate
  • Must have completed OCC approved health and safety mandatory trainings OR being willing to get up to date on these mandatory trainings i.e. reporting child abuse and neglect, safe food handling, etc. etc.
  • An active Christian who can uphold the values and teaching of the Christian faith.
  • Strong proactive assertive communication skills.
  • Someone who looks for solutions not problems.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the position (including going up and down stairs, kneel, bend/stooping, squat, lift, push, pull, stand, carry/lifting 50lbs).
  • Frequent exposure to Oregon weather year around including high and low temperatures, precipitation and wind. 


Compensation & Benefits:
* Competitive salary depending on experience
* Paid sick & personal days
* Paid Federal Holidays
* Other possible creative benefits (i.e. tuition assistance for your own child, training reimbursement after one year of employment, lunch on Fridays, etc.)

*Note: We are unable to provide medical insurance at this time. An ideal fit will be an individual who has their own medical insurance.

Salary36000.00 - 43000.00 Annual
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