PreK/K Spirit Play Religious Education Teacher

NWUUC (Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sandy Springs) seeks to hire a lead teacher for Spirit Play curriculum taught in the Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms on Sunday mornings.  Spirit Play is a Unitarian Universalist adaption of Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play. Based on a Montessori approach, a lesson and story is presented each morning. This is followed by time and space for children to work at their own pace on their own interests with the story within a safe and sacred structure shepherded by two adults: the lead teacher and a volunteer from the congregation, rotating each 10 weeks.  The congregation to provide support for coordinating materials to curricula. All materials for classroom are provided by the congregation.  

NWUUC sees the purpose of religious education as helping children in living into their own answers to the existential questions: Where did we come from? What are we doing here? How do we choose to live our lives? What happens when we die?  Spirit Play provides the structure and the curriculum that:

            Encourages independent thinking through wondering questions

            Gives children real choices within the structure of the morning

            Creates community in a classroom 

            Develops and underlying sense of the spiritual and mystery of life

            Supports congregational polity through choice of lessons

Ideal candidate is a teacher or childcare provider trained or interested in Montessori philosophy, and children’s education.  Candidate to be supportive of Unitarian Universalist values. Members of the congregation and non-members are welcome to apply for the position. 

NWUUC: 1025 Mount Vernon Highway NW, Sandy Springs, 30327

Sunday mornings, Aug. 25thth, 2019-May 17th, 2020. $15/hour/ Total earning = $1800+/9mos.  

3.0 hours classroom time each week:  10:00am– 1pm, Classroom Time 

.5 hour preparation time each week

Days off: Thanksgiving week, Winter-Dec 15th– Dec 29thst, plus one Sunday of choosing in March or April. 

Training in Sprit Play curriculum and structure is paid for by the NWUUC congregation.  Background checks performed. The mandatory training is August 11thh, 2019.  Job begins Sunday, August 25th, 2019.

Additional information about Spirit Play can be found at spirit-play.com

Additional information about Unitarian Universalism can be found at UUA.org

Send applicants to re@nwuuc.org.  Job posting open till filled.