Work With Us
WE STRIVE TO EMPOWER THE TALENTED TEAM THAT WORKS WITH US.
We work with career early childhood educators that want to work in a setting that provides opportunity for professional and personal growth, prospective teachers that are passing through and want something on their resume that’ll contribute to their larger goals, new talent that love children and want to try education out, and the certified classroom teacher that wants to work in a unique environment with small class sizes.
PAID TIME OFF
The Nature Schools follow a school calendar that is similar to the public school system. The list of closings can be found on the Schedule and Calendar page section of this website.
Staff members paid on hourly wage will receive half-pay when they were scheduled to work on a closure day.
Senior teachers and lead teachers will receive full pay during this closure days.
Salaried staff will receive full pay.
The Nature Schools are currently building the Lexington staff. Below is an outline of how staff progresses at our sister schools in Madison County however, it does not necessarily represent how we will select for positions of our inaugural Lexington site.
We anticipate that Lexington residents will not have had the same service time accrued or development opportunities that the staff of their sister schools have had.
Therefore, the Lexington staff may be selected for leadership positions without having met the qualifications below.
Once established, The Nature Schools will seek to develop our own staff and present them with the first opportunities for promotion. We’ve followed this pattern for 11 years in Richmond by always promoting within our organization.
STAFF & PROFESSIONAL PROGRESSION
The entry level position is substitute teacher and classroom teacher.
The first promotion is to senior teacher. A senior teacher must have a minimum of one year service at The Nature Schools or an equivalent qualifying experience. They must also be a graduate of Grow Your Own Phase 1. Senior teachers are expected to attend monthly leadership development sessions with other senior and lead teachers. These sessions are held during work hours.
Lead teachers will be selected from The Nature Schools’ pool of senior teachers. Lead teachers are expected to attend monthly leadership development sessions with other senior and lead teachers. These sessions are held during work hours.
An assistant director will have served as a lead teacher and completed the directors course of Grow Your Own. Assistant directors are expected to attend monthly leadership development sessions with other directors and assistant directors. They are also expected to participate in regular individual coaching sessions.
A director will typically have progressed through the aforementioned levels. They are also expected to participate in regular individual coaching sessions and monthly leadership development sessions with other members site leadership teams.
The Nature School is currently evaluating wages for Lexington and will seek to offer a comparable rate. Have an opinion on what our pay rates should be? Let us know by clicking here.