Job Posting Description, Empowerment Zone Pre-K Classroom Teacher (Coquillard)
Contact Information
Human Resources Department
215 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (4th Floor)
South Bend, IN 46601
Job Locations
Coquillard Elementary School
Application Open: 03/25/2021, Filing Deadline: (none)
Available Jobs
 Job # Description
304 Empowerment Zone Pre-K Teacher - Coquillard-2021

POSITION TITLE: Empowerment Zone Pre-K Classroom Teacher (Coquillard)


In the Empowerment Zone, we are a team passionate and focused on making real transformation in our schools on the West Side of South Bend, Indiana. We are working in service to our students; 41% who are African-American/Black, 39% who are Latino, and 78% who receive free/reduced lunch. We are launching Empowerment Zone Pre-K during the 2021-2022 school year. Pre-K teachers will be critical to us providing every child in the Empowerment Zone with an education that “cultivates the greatness that exists within each child to confidently pursue their dreams in our city, nation, and world.” Pre-K teachers will support a play-based, developmentally appropriate, whole child curriculum that promotes language development, literacy & math conceptual development, and social/emotional development. Pre-K teachers in the Empowerment Zone will provide developmentally appropriate, trauma-sensitive classroom environments and strategies to their students that nurture their development as whole children (mind, body, and spirit). We are seeking Pre-K teachers who are interested in helping us accomplish our vision and mission:

Our Vision

We are a system of schools that eliminates academic and social-emotional opportunity gaps and cultivates the greatness that exists within each child to confidently pursue their dreams in our city, nation, and world.

Our Mission

We nurture the mind, body, and spirit of each child by embracing equity, learning, and change for students, staff, and families. We harness the power of community and relationships to ignite transformation.


SCHOOL HOURS: Student attendance hours are from 8am-4pm, M-F; teacher work hours are from 7:30am-4:30pm, M-F

COMPENSATION: Teacher salary schedule as negotiated + $10,000 stipend & opportunity for additional performance bonus stipend

AVAILABLE: 2021-2022 School Year, some spring/summer training will be required & compensated


In the Empowerment Zone, Pre-K teachers will:

Instruction & Supervision

? Plan and provide play-based, developmentally appropriate, whole child curriculum that promotes language development, literacy & math conceptual development, and

social/emotional development

? Provide differentiated small group support/intervention to students grounded in responsiveness to student learning data and formative assessment

? Support and guide each child’s identity as a learner

? Provide student supervision ensuring student safety

? Embrace professional learning, coaching, and development


? Provide a responsive classroom environment that speaks value to our students, including implementing daily classroom circles, trauma-sensitive strategies

? Collaborate with school and other Pre-K colleagues to plan, assess, and continuously improve instruction by accomplishing school-specific goals focused on continuous


? Embrace professional learning and growth opportunities and contribute to a healthy team/school culture grounded in collaboration, high expectations, and support

? Examine their own biases and guard against unexamined biases that filter into harmful practices, low expectations for students, and a deficit view of students and families ? Engage in Empowerment Zone-wide conversations and reflections about race, class, and education

Family Partnership

? Intentionally build/develop relationships with students and their families that strengthen trust

? Partner with families to support students & regularly communicate student progress to families

In addition to the foundational duties listed above, staff at Coquillard will be expected to contribute to/nurture a school culture that focuses on:

  • Being a champion for students and have high expectations for what they will do ? Students rise to our expectations and strong relationships makes this possible ? Being committed to this work and to our students

? This work is bigger than any one of us; your “why” needs to be solid

  • Being culturally responsive and asset-based

? Our children need us to examine our biases, analyze, and reflect on our practice. We must ensure that we view our children’s strengths

  • Being solutions-oriented

? There will be many challenges; we can solve them together

  • Being adaptable

? Turnaround work is messy and complex; rigidity and constant complaining is distracting and wastes precious energy

  • Being a contributor to a healthy (not dysfunctional) team

? Healthy teams have a foundation of trust and engage in productive (not destructive) conflict ? Being committed to growth and learning, as a professional and as a person ? No one arrives or “knows it all”; everyone benefits from feedback and learning


  • Must be certified in early childhood or elementary education, have a valid Indiana teaching license, and be highly qualified.
  • Understanding of child development and developmentally appropriate early childhood practice preferred
  • National Board certification as an early childhood generalist preferred
  • Additional training in High Scope approach/curriculum preferred
close window
copyright 1985 to 2021 Regional Data Services