First Presbyterian Preschool

Part time Preschool Teacher in Faith-Based preschool environment

Reference ID : 47416
Location : Mesa, AZ
Category : Education/Training
Job Type : Part Time



First Presbyterian Preschool is a part-time, Christian preschool program. We operate on a traditional school calendar year with a summer option. The working hours are from 8:30-1:30 Monday through Friday with all major holidays closed. We are looking for a loving and compassionate person who cares deeply for the children that they care for. We are a small, family program that values team collaboration, professionalism and fun! Our classrooms have a low ratio to allow for the best interactions and attention offered to the children in our care. We believe that families are a child's first teacher and we work closely with them to raise up their child using developmentally appropriate practices. We use the Arizona Early Learning Standards as our framework.

Our program is a Quality First 4-Star Quality Plus rated program, and we work with early childhood education professional development agencies to help maintain our high level of quality programming. We are licensed through the Arizona Department of Health Services Childcare Division and we are DES contracted to provide care for families who receive their childcare benefits. State licensing requires a thorough background check through the Department of Justice and AZ DPS with a valid fingerprint clearance card and a negative TB test before the first date of hire. Additionally, it is required to be trained in CPR/First Aid within 30 days of hire. There are additional trainings as required by DES, Quality First and AZed that will be scheduled within 60 days of hire. All trainings will be paid professional development.


  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  • Attend to children's basic physical and emotional needs.
  • Teach basic early learning skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
  • Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
  • Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts exploration, music, storytelling, and outdoor play.
  • Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related issues and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists, as needed.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
  • Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Prepare materials and individual classroom for class activities: daily, weekly and monthly.
  • Teach proper eating habits and personal hygiene.
  • Serve meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
  • Assimilate arriving children to the school environment in positive and welcoming ways.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units and projects and communicate those objectives to children and families.
  • Demonstrate activities to children.
  • Arrange indoor and outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by law, licensing requirements, and administrative regulations.
  • Prepare incident and ouch reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their ages and perceptual skills.
  • Attend 18 hours of professional development training hours annually including meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of preschool programs.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress as needed.
  • Plan class projects, visits by guests, or other experiential activities and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Administer child evaluations to help determine developmental levels, needs, and potential.


A teacher-caregiver must be 18 years of age or older and provide documentation of one of the following: a. Six months of child care experience and: i. A high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma; or ii. At least 12 credit hours from an accredited college or university, including at least six credit hours in early childhood, child development, or a closely-related field; b. Associate or bachelor degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood, child development, or a closely-related field; or c. N.A.C., C.D.A., or C.C.P. credential

  • Must poses a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Must produce a Negative TB skin Test dated within the last 12 months

Must possess a sincere desire to work with and love young children.

Must be willing to support & teach Christian values - Specific religious affiliation is not required.

Nice To Haves

  • 4 years+ Experience working with children 2 years-5 years old
  • Associate or Bachelor degree in early childhood education or related field
  • Working knowledge of the Quality First program
  • Working knowledge of the ERS assessment tool
  • Working knowledge of CLASS assessment tool
  • Working knowledge of the Arizona Early Learning Standards
  • Working knowledge of Developmentally Appropriate Practices


  • Paid CPR/First Aid Training
  • Paid Annual Professional Development Training hours required (18 hours): including DES Foundations 1 Expulsion & Prevention, DES Health & Safety, Quality First ERS, CLASS assessment, AZDHS licensing orientation, AZ Early Learning Standards, AZ infant/Toddler Guidelines
  • Paid Holiday closures during the school year
  • Paid Spring Break (1 week), Fall Break (1 week), and Christmas Break (2 weeks)
  • Paid Sick time

About Us

About our Program:

As a Mesa preschool, we consider it a privilege to provide a joy-filled, positive education to the children of the East Valley! We take great pride in providing a safe and loving atmosphere allowing quality interactions and sincere passion to flourish. First Presbyterian Preschool provides educational excellence in an atmosphere of Christian love. 

Our staff are selected for their love of children, character, education, training and experience. We focus on teaching from a wholistic approach. We are dedicated to meeting the child's social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual needs. We guide the children, encouraging imagination and exploration. We welcome all to benefit from the many blessings our program has to offer!


Salary : $15 to $17/Hr
Minimum Education : High School or Equivalent
Job Type : Part Time
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : 1 Yr
Location : Mesa, AZ

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