This is a small school run by a family. It did not take long for me to feel like I was part of it. It's a great place to start your career as an educator. It's very animal friendly (bunny, birds, fish, lizards and for occasionally the director will bring her dogs to work, too.) Everyone is supportive and kind. Loved getting to work along an amazing lead teacher who had been there 7+ years, but also have the class to myself in the afternoons to practice my classroom management skills and such. I loved teaching music, having dance parties with the kids and watching them grow up before my eyes. There is a big backyard and it is used often. Kids get a lot of play time (over an hour). Kids are encouraged to be independent: set up their own snack, set up their lunch spot and even go on their nap rolls to nap on their own. You truly are there to help them when needed and assist only when necessary. it is a lot of work though maintaining the environment. Especially closing the classroom: sweeping, mopping, doing dishes and cleaning the bathrooms. Be prepared to work hard!! But also be prepared to build great relationships with kids, coworkers and admin.
Free organic meals, lots of animals, lots of outside time
Working until 6:30, closing the classroom is A LOT.