Preschool Lead and Assistant Teachers


The Discovery School is a Reggio-inspired preschool housed at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM). Our program is the only museum-based preschool in California, and we draw upon the Museum’s 25 years of child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning, as well as best practices in creativity development from the Museum’s research division, the Center for Childhood Creativity. We are fortunate to offer a low student to teacher ratio and an incredibly engaged parent community. The Museum also provides an unmatched location, on 7.5 acres of National Park land at the foot of the Golden and with immediate access to the beach, coastal habitats, historic batteries and hiking trails.

With the 2017 – 2018 school year, the program will be expanded and will become a Laboratory School affiliated with the Center for Childhood Creativity. We are currently seeking experienced educators to serve as Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers.

Ideal candidates will have deep commitment to and passion for research-backed teaching practice, expertise in child development, love and respect for young children and their enormous capabilities, and interest in serving in an entrepreneurial and evolving school community. Candidates for Lead Teacher should also have deep knowledge of and experience with emergent, project-based, reflective practice.

Lead and Assistant Teachers will provide daily care and supervision of children enrolled in the program, work directly with families, and collaborate on the school leadership. The teaching calendar runs from late August to early June, with school starting after Labor Day and ending around Memorial Day. Separate employment opportunities exists assisting BADM camp programming when Discovery School is not in session (during Winter, February, Spring, and Summer breaks).


· Work with children in the classroom daily, including in planning and preparing activities, curriculum development aligned to clear outcomes, documentation of emergent learning, transitions and circle time.

· Ensure the safety and well being of all children enrolled in the program at all times.

· In collaboration with other teachers, refine school programs and curriculum in line with Department of Education goals and outcomes; position Discovery School as the ECE lab school for the Center for Childhood Creativity.

· Actively build relationships with individual parents to support their child’s development and learning and to meaningfully engage all families in the school and museum communities.

· Write weekly reflections of school experiences to serve as email communication with families. This involves utilizing a composition program such as Pages or Publisher.

· Work collaboratively to collect, display and disseminate documentation of children’s work. This includes regularly taking careful observational notes and intentional photos.

· Compile and present a slide slow showcasing classroom highlights and endeavors. 

· Ensure proper maintenance and cleanliness of classroom and supplies daily.

· Prepare and organize supplies, including snack.

· Assist and support other Museum programming as needed, including during fundraisers, festivals, Goblin Jamboree, and other programs as needed.



· BA or BS required, MA preferred; Degree in education, early childhood education, child development or relevant field strongly preferred

· Minimum 3 years of experience as a preschool teacher; 7 years of experience preferred for Lead Teachers

· Minimum of 6 completed ECE units for Assistant Teachers and 12 completed ECE units for Lead Teachers

· Expertise designing curricula that is emergent, inquiry/ project-based, collaborative, and child-centered

· Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills required

· Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast pace work environment a must

· Must be trained or commit to being trained in First Aid, CPR and AED for adult, infant and child

· Strong organizational and time management skills

· Ability to use computer equipment required (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point)

· Must work well with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures

· Knowledge of child development , developmentally appropriate practices  and project based learning

· Flexible, good-humored, team player

· Ability to move from place to place, work outdoors, bend and lift and carry up to 35 pounds short distances

· LiveScan and criminal record clearance through DOJ Child Abuse Index

· Proof of absence of tuberculosis (TB) required before starting employment



Qualified candidates should apply online at:

Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.


Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.


Our mission: To ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.


The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. In addition to competitive salaries and benefits, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC).

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

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