Job Posting: Language Garden, North Hills, CA



Do you speak Spanish? Do you also speak, read and write in English? 

The Language Garden Community Preschool is a small Spanish Immersion preschool that follows a Reggio Inspired and inquiry based philosophy located in SFV. We are growing and are currently looking for a wonderful teacher.  The ideal candidate is someone who is comfortable working with both small and large groups of children, have some knowledge of the constructivist philosophy, be able to execute plans and activities with children, work well with co-teachers and enjoy using an inquiry based approach on a daily basis. Ease in reading and writing in English is a must.
A minimum of 24 units in child development. Units in administration highly desired but not required.
The following classes MUST be included and completed: Please do not apply if you do not have the following:
Growth and Development (3units)
Curriculum and classroom management (3units)
The child and school community (3units)
Infant Toddler Studies (6units)
An elective class (3 + units)
Must have minimum of 2yrs in classroom teaching experience (Experience must be working with children 2-6yrs old in a licensed setting)
Have knowledge of the Reggio Approach of teaching preferred but not mandatory to be considered. Must have child centered and inquiry based philosophy.
Candidate must be able to read, write, and speak fluent Spanish and English.

Have excellent creative writing skills.
*Great position for college students working towards an ECE degree. The Language Garden is a great place to gain experience and put skills to practice.
*Live in the San Fernando Valley or vicinities preferred.

(AA or BA) Preferred but not mandatory to be considered
Completed minimum 24 units in child development
Cleared fingerprints

Cleared TB test (current)
Cleared physical exam (current)
CPR up to date or able to complete prior to start date

Be loving, and enthusiastic, respectful to children
Must be open-minded and flexible. Be able to be objective and accept constructive criticism.
Understand “Inquiry Based philosophy”
Be able to work collaboratively with other colleagues
Be able to work closely and respectfully with parents and families
Take initiative, be creative, and spontaneous
Work well with little or no supervision
Have great work ethics
Hard worker, punctual, and responsible
Looking for passionate ECE teachers willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of children and their families

A great work environment
Salary based on experience and education
Paid holidays, sick days, and vacation
We are not a cookie cutter school. Creative mental and physical work is required on a daily basis.

Call Ms. Yessy at 818-601-8833-cell Mon-Sun 9am-6:00pm for more information on how to apply. Visit our website at: for more information on our school. Do not send emails without calling first. ALL unapproved emails will be deleted.

Thank you,
Ms. Yessy Beltrán
School Director

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Job Opportunity: Branches Atelier, Culver City, CA

Branches Atelier Preschool/Toddler Teacher Position 

Branches Atelier is an innovative, dynamic preschool with a home-like quality, nestled in a beautiful campus in Culver City, California. We are looking for an energetic, passionate, creative, warm, friendly, nurturing and self-motivated teacher to join our Reggio inspired learning community.

Prospective applicants should have a BA in ECE or related field, strong child development background, and at least two years of early childhood experience. We are willing to consider a teacher who holds their teacher permit with 3 to 5 years experience.

Salary & Benefits: $17 – $22 per hour, based on education and experience

Start Date: Possibly July 2015, or no later than September 2015

All applicants must have:

  • A passion for teaching and life long learning.
  • An interest in learning Branches philosophy and values.
  • A commitment to developing a strong and dynamic learning community for children and parents.
  • Knowledge and experience with social constructivism and the Reggio approach.
  • An interest in using creative materials with young children.
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills.
  • Openness for feedback and self-reflection.
  • Great writing skills.
  • A commitment to professional development.
  • An innovative, creative and open mind.
  • A genuine passion and commitment to quality education for children.
  • Computer literate using Mac computers and software.
  • Availability to work approximately 30 to 38 hours/week.

If you are interested in this position, please proceed by submitting the following materials:

Visit our website at so you can learn about our school. Write a cover letter that explains why you are interested in working with us, why you became a teacher, what kind of person you are, what are your interests and what brings you joy.

Along with your cover letter please email your resume to: Incomplete submissions will be deleted.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

A New Oppurtunity

Hello Fellow Educators,

I stepped away from this blog at a time of great change for me.  Since returning, I have excitedly gained more family members and a greater insight into sharing game changing processes with schools and parents.  After many years of classroom teaching, mentoring teachers, working with children and collaborating with families I made a career change. I opted to step away from the classroom in an effort to reach more people and make a greater impact in the fields of education and parenting.

What did I step away to do?

Early Childhood Consulting. I work with all avenues that lead to the development of a child: schools, teachers, families and children.  From typical to special rights, I try to champion the cause of detailed and mindful practices that take into account immediate aspects of teaching that philosophies, in general, can not speak to.

Have you been at a workshop where the presentation was amazing, but you left wondering about all the practical aspects? That is only one of the aspects with which I help teachers and schools that will lead toward more intentional and fulfilling teaching practices.

If you have any questions about the services I provide please visit me at

As before, if you continue to send me job listings I will be more than happy to list them here as we have a large readership.

All the best,


Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

New Workshop: Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten? May 15 & May 22

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?


May 15 & May 22 10:30am-12pm
 for Parents & Educators
12958 W Washington Blvd Los Angeles, CA, 90066
$30 per session

Part One- Academic Preparedness

Part Two- Emotional/Social Preparedness

From Traditional to Progressive (and everything in between)…
Learn the ins and outs of transitioning.
What should my child know?
What do I need to know?
Presented by Joshua Castillo
Hosted by Progressive School LA

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Blog of Note: A Woven Education

“I founded a Reggio inspired preschool a year ago and have now started a blog with the hope of communicating and collaborating with other teachers.  I would love to use the blog as a means to share my experiences and get feedback from others.  Also, to meet with other teachers and learn from their experiences.”

Studio Kids Program, Virginia
A preschool program for children aged 2-5. A ‘woven education’ inspired by Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Montessori philosophies.
It is a new school (founded in 2010) with a small staff (currently only one teacher) looking for other Reggio inspired teachers to collaborate with.  Further information can be found at



Leave a comment

Filed under blogs

Workshop: Early Childhood Educators Conference, St. Thomas School, Medina, WA

Early Childhood Educators Conference

Date: Friday – October 14, 2011
Time: All Day
Location: St. Thomas School, Medina, WA

The First Satellite Conference Specifically for Early Childhood Educators

Featuring two workshops for educators working with 2-6 year olds, as well as an opportunity to network with colleagues who share your passion for our schools’ littlest learners.


Workshop 1: The Reggio Emilia Approach
The schools of Reggio Emilia, a town in Northern Italy, were first developed after World War II. Instrumental in developing these schools was Loris Malaguzzi who is known as the father of the Reggio Emilia approach. These schools reflect his view that the child is competent and capable, that the teacher is an active participant in the learning process rather than a direct provider of information. This workshop will explore the Reggio Emilia philosophies, and examine how young children can be engaged in research and thinking.  Over the last three years the teachers in the Early Learning Center at St. Thomas School have been exploring  this philosophy and working to create a constructivist, rigorous early childhood curriculum.  We will share our documentation panels, our on-going questions and our reflections.

Workshop 2: Exploring the Magic of Blocks
Explore how block building can foster the ability to plan, represent your knowledge, promote symbolic thinking and problem solving. Join your peers in an exciting day of exploration of a variety of blocks, ramps, and tunnels.

Experience firsthand how building with others promotes self-confidence, internal self-control, and risk taking. Take the opportunity to explore different types and sizes of blocks. Explore classroom environments that enhance block play and provide links to art, writing, map/diagram reading and much more.


8:30am………………………. Registration
9:00am-11:00am…………….Reggio Emilia Workshop
11:00am-12:00pm……………Round Table Discussions
12:00pm-1:00pm……………. Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm…………..….Block Workshop
3:00pm-3:30pm………..…….Conference Wrap-up

 5 clock hours and / or STARS credits available to attendees.


Registration Rates and Deadlines

Early Bird Registration Rate – $60 per person by September 16, 2011
Regular Rate – $75 per person by October 3, 2011
Late and Onsite Registration Rate – $95 per person after October 3, 2011
Non-Member Rate – $95 per person – anytime
Registration will open in July

Hotel Block Information
LaQuinta Inns and Suites Bellevue Kirkland (just 3 miles from St. Thomas School)
10530 Northup Way, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-6585

Room Rate (all rates are subject to 12.4% tax)
Single Queen: $91.80
Double Queen: $98.10

To reserve your room and take advantage of the group discount, contact the LaQuinta Inn and Suites by September 13, 2011 at and mention that you are a part of the PNAIS.


Leave a comment

Filed under workshops

Legislation: CA SB740

SB 740 (Hancock)
Pupil assessment.

Existing law, the Leroy Greene California Assessment of Academic Achievement Act, requires each school district, charter school, and county office of education to administer to each of its pupils in grades 2 to 11, inclusive, certain achievement tests.

This bill, commencing July 1, 2012, would exclude pupils in grade 2 from the standards-based achievement test requirement and make conforming changes.

The bill would require the State Department of Education by July 1, 2014, to identify and make available to school districts information regarding existing assessments in language arts and mathematics for pupils in grade 2 for diagnostic use by classroom teachers. The bill would require these provisions to be implemented from the savings realized from the elimination of the grade 2 standards-based achievement testing.

How do you feel about ending standardized testing of second graders. Will the elimination begin to correct of faulty testing system? Will teachers be free to teach to children rather than to the test?


Filed under legislation