Substitute Teacher

Opal School of the Portland Children’s Museum

Position: Substitute Teacher
Status: On-Call, Temporary Part-Time
September 6, 2011 – June 25, 2012
Reports to: Opal School Director

Job Overview

Substitute teachers facilitate inquiry approaches to teaching and learning through the languages of the arts and sciences for children in preschool to grade 5.

Job Results

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the mission, philosophy, values and teaching principles of Opal School.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the developmental stages and needs of children ages 3-10.
  • As scheduled, participates as a member of the teaching team in which collaboration, dialogue, and exchange are practiced values.
  • Understands how the physical environment of the classroom reflects Opal School’s principles of teaching and learning.
  • As scheduled, guides experiences for the disciplines of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social sciences and the languages of the arts.
  • Is knowledgeable of the Oregon State Standards for K-5 and Opal School’s approaches to address the standards.
  • Is knowledgeable of the curriculum structures used at Opal School and understands how to apply them appropriately.
  • Guides experiences for children that reflect Opal School’s principles of teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrates the ability to support the social and emotional intelligences of children as an integral part of all curriculum disciplines.
  • All other responsibilities as assigned by the Opal School Director.


  • Elementary teaching license required, master’s degree preferred
  • Values parents as important partners in the work of the school
  • Has a keen interest and curiosity about the nature of learning and teaching
  • Pays attention to the many ways that children make meaning of the world
  • Collaborates with children and adults in positive ways
  • Finds joy in working with children and adults
  • Approaches teaching as a life-long learner
  • Seeks out resources to continually improve one’s practice
  • Values learning from mistakes
  • Is knowledgeable of the experiences and practices of the early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy

To apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume and three professional references to: