Mindful Early Childhood Educator

Our Neighborhood is a NAEYC accredited school in Charlottesville, VA, inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia. Our school is grounded in the values of nature-based learning. We focus on offering children aesthetically pleasing, eco-friendly environments. Educators at our school foster strong relationships with children, families, and other early childhood professionals. We are inspired by the work of Magda Gerber and Dr. Becky Bailey.

We are looking for energetic, open-minded teachers to help foster curiosity, exploration, and respect with young children. We need teachers who value mutual respect and authenticity.  An Our Neighborhood team member should love working with children and believe that infants and toddlers are competent individuals worthy of a loving, engaging environment. Strong candidates have a disposition towards learning and reflection as well as excellent communication and collaboration skills, and the ability to be self-directed, managing time, and completing projects.

As a teacher at Our Neighborhood, you will have a rich opportunity to learn from diverse teaching teams and contribute your gifts to a thriving school. At Our Neighborhood, you can dramatically impact the lives of young children and families while you to grow into the teacher you want to be. Our Neighborhood provides many professional development opportunities for teachers to learn and grow.


  • Interacting and connecting with children, families, and Our Neighborhood partners in ways that support strong relationships, respect, and collaboration.
  • Working in a co-teaching team to maintain a healthy, safe, and engaging classroom environment, develop curriculum, and care for a group of up to 16 two year olds and three co-teachers.
  • Communicating daily with families, scheduling and conducting bi-annual parent-teacher conferences, supporting families in their learning.
  • Fostering a rich Reggio-inspired curriculum based in a strong view of children as learners and thinkers.
  • Using Our Neighborhood philosophies (ex: RIE, Non-Violent Communication, Conscious Discipline) to inform daily practice.
  • Approaching conflicts as opportunities to learn and coaching children to be problem solvers.
  • Learning about and participating in Holacracy, a unique organizational structure allowing for an agile, self-governing system, rather than a traditional hierarchical approach.

Required Qualifications:

  • Able to meet the physical demands of the position (i.e.care for active young children, outdoors in all weathers, repetitive bending and lifting)
  • Excellent communication skills – proactive in asking questions to learn
  • Willingness to problem solve and work collaboratively
  • Ability to be self-directed, manage time, and complete projects
  • Open to learning and ability to self-reflect regularly

Salary: 37,010 annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] to apply.