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  • Creative & Compassionate Private Educator Needed in Detroit and Abroad in Italy

    Job Locations US
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Private Educator
  • Overview

    An artistic and international family living in Detroit is looking for a private educator to care for their brilliant, curious and eager 5-year-old son. The ideal candidate will be experienced thinking outside the box to help kids who learn differently. A teaching credential is not required, but a Bachelor's degree or higher and experience working in an early childhood education environment is necessary. This child has a vision impairment that can make learning in the traditional classroom challenging, and his struggles in the classroom have made him anxious about school. The perfect private educator will use critical thinking, research and collaboration to find ways to help him learn with confidence and joy! 

     

    This position will begin in September 2018 in Detroit and the family is solidifying plans to take a year abroad in Italy in 2019. Ideally, their private educator will be able to come along for this trip. In Detroit, they live in an up and coming historical neighborhood and would be able to provide ~3 months of accommodations to help a relocation candidate transition into the role. They will dedicate the third floor of their historical mansion to becoming the "schoolhouse" and will develop a routine and schedule that follows an academic calendar. While traveling abroad the family will rent homes and dedicate a time and space for school work. The father is from Italy and they would be very excited to hire someone who spoke some Italian. The family will consider putting their son back into school during the 2020 academic year. 

     

    This position will provide the private educator with time to research lesson plans, best practices, and curriculum. In the past, the family has appreciated the teachers who have invested in understanding how their son sees the world and focused on the things that he can do really well while building on the challenges he faces. Someone fun, creative and confident who will be able to maintain boundaries in those stubborn moments will be successful in this role.

     

    This boy loves music! In fact, he and his friends already have formed a rock band, so they need someone who is ready to jam out! The parents will either keep him in regular music classes or would love to find someone who could continue expanding on his love for music. He also likes science, especially when experiments can take you outside to dig up worms and explore nature. Recess is one of his favorite subjects, and sometimes math can be hard. 

     

    The family imagines a program that combines homeschooling lesson plans with playgroups, classes and field trips to explore outside the home. The family is looking for someone who has an eagerness to integrate into a community of alternative educators and build a community of friends and colleagues. Ideally, this person will help their son foster friendships with other kids and develop socially. 

     

    The schedule will be Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm, with the class being held from 8:30am-3:30pm most days. The afternoons will be available for lesson planning or other play. 

     

    This family is offering a competitive annual salary, an academic schedule with ~4 weeks of paid vacation, a health-care stipend, travel opportunities and the chance to be an integral part of a very awesome little boy's life! 

     

    This position is open to relocation candidates and begins September 2018.

    Responsibilities

    • Collaborate with parents, vision specialists and other educators to create a curriculum for and Kindergarten-2nd grade
    • Use critical thinking to determine the best way to teach based on the child's needs. For example, if he draws with a marker he can see the line better than if he draws with a pencil. So if you're working on practicing letters, make sure you're using a medium he can see and understand the lesson.
    • Create a structured environment that includes home-school classes, activities and field trips outside the home, and play groups
    • Implement a routine daily schedule including a daily start time, recess, lunch, and end time
    • Build a community of friends and colleagues to arrange play dates and activities centered around social development
    • Present curriculum and objectives to parents for review, provide regular progress reports, and stay current with developmental milestones and provided curriculum benchmarks
    • Research destinations and plan educational enriching field trips and experiences while abroad

    Qualifications

    • At least 3 years working in the early childhood education field
    • Experience with children who learn different and have special needs
    • A Bachelor's degree or higher is required, no teaching credential is required
    • Lesson planning and curriculum development experience required
    • Open to a ~2 year commitment to a full-time position
    • Excited and interested in exploring Detroit and everything the evolving city has to offer children
    • An eagerness to collaborate with parents, vision specialists and other educators to create the most effective learning program for the student
    • A musician or someone who is passionate about music will bond well over melodies and sing-alongs
    • Able to travel for long periods of time to Italy and other European destinations
    • Italian language skills would be a huge bonus!
    • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record

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