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Early Education Science Teacher (2023-2024)

Annapolis, MD 21403
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Full-Time, 10 months, Exempt

Key School is seeking an Early Education Science teacher for the 2023-2024 academic year to work with students in Key-Wee through Kindergarten. The successful candidate will have previous experience with early childhood and science education, understand the developmental needs of students in our Key-Wee Program (2.5 years of age) through Kindergarten, and build students' sense of wonder by curating experiences, lessons, and projects using experiential, constructivist-based learning approaches.

Reporting to the First School Division Head, a First School Science teacher works collaboratively with the other members of the First School team to provide an age-appropriate, culturally responsive science program for students in our Key-Wee Program (age 2.5 years of age) through Kindergarten.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Design and lead hands-on, inquiry-based science experiences that support the development of skills and strategies for early childhood inquiry and problem-solving
  • Plan and lead programming that supports developmentally appropriate practices for students 2.5 years to 6 years of age
  • Promote principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in both classroom programs and practices
  • Manage and develop the Tree-Top Science classroom by creating an engaging and rich learning environment that promotes inquiry and exploration
  • Work collaboratively to plan, implement, map and evaluate developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum
  • Plan and lead outdoor learning connected to curriculum through field and on-campus experiences
  • Manage First School garden spaces and integrate garden-based learning initiatives
  • Supervise safe and educational indoor and outdoor play that promotes learning in all domains, including physical, social/emotional and cognitive growth
  • Provide families with regular communication to share programming, celebrate student learning and student progress
  • Integrate STEM and STEAM initiatives within the curriculum and in collaboration with the Maker Tech program
  • Support teacher coverage as needed and assist with lunch and school duties
  • Support school-wide environmental initiatives and curriculum integration
  • Use age-appropriate technology to enhance instructional practices and utilize learning management systems such as Seesaw

The Ideal Candidate Possesses the Following Characteristics:

  • Promotes and exemplifies the values of Key School's mission and values
  • Has experience with and values the community enrichment that comes with working with a diverse group of students and families
  • Engages in and seeks out professional growth and development opportunities to promote one's lifelong learning and to further knowledge and best practices in education
  • Experience teaching science at the early or elementary education level
  • Demonstrates strong, effective oral and written communication skills


  • Bachelor's Degree; Master's Degree Preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of teaching experience; Early Childhood Science Preferred

Physical Requirements:

The demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

This position requires indoor and outdoor student supervision each day. The students go outside to play in most conditions, including light rain, snow and hot and cold temperatures. Candidates also need to be physically able to transition between sitting on the floor and child-sized chairs.

Some classes take place in other parts of the campus. The ability to move around a mid-size campus with uneven pavement and manage stairs is needed.


Key School offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, a generous 403(b) Plan, and much more.

Technical Competencies:

All candidates for teaching positions should be familiar with learning management systems such as Seesaw and Google Classroom and have the ability to create and deliver engaging multimedia content using a variety of digital tools. Key is a Google Workspace for Education school. Candidates should be proficient in using Google applications, have a solid understanding of cloud-based storage and file-sharing platforms, and efficiently manage email and scheduling using Gmail and Google Calendar. They should be proficient in virtual communication tools such as Zoom or Google meet and have basic troubleshooting skills to resolve common technical issues that may arise in the classroom.

Work Schedule/Travel:

Occasionally, there may be school functions that will require your presence to work flexible hours, including nights and/or weekends. Additionally, participation in scheduled faculty meetings is required.

About the School

Founded in 1958 by professors from St. John's College, Key School engages children from 2.5 years of age through grade 12 in a progressive, coeducational, college-preparatory program on its picturesque 15-acre campus 4 miles from downtown Annapolis.

Key School is a dynamic, tight-knit community deeply committed to ensuring students are supported and challenged to excel educationally and personally and be confident, courageous, critical thinkers prepared to engage with the world. Our Community is as diverse as it is warm and welcoming.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

Key is particularly interested in candidates with experience in creating inclusive school settings and who are culturally responsive. We are seeking candidates with a commitment to educational equity and justice. We learn and grow both as individuals and as a school community when students and adults of diverse backgrounds, abilities and identities develop an understanding of and respect for our commonalities and differences. Together, we have created a community that reflects diversity across a broad spectrum and will help fulfill Key's promise to prepare our students for the challenges and responsibilities they will assume in an increasingly connected yet diverse and pluralistic world. The diverse student body is 39% students of color, and 32% of our students receive financial aid to create a socioeconomically diverse community. Learn more about our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Key.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, completed application, and three professional references by selecting the link.


Posted: 2023-05-16 Expires: 2023-06-17

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