Responsibilities – our next Director will have the opportunity to:
Foster a joyous and nurturing learning environment
Lead strongly and decisively, while encouraging teamwork and respecting others’ views
Communicate clearly, consistently, and effectively with families, faculty, and the Church
Manage the Day School’s financial and administrative affairs
Demonstrate successful fundraising strategies
Mentor the faculty and staff as they develop an engaging and comprehensive pedagogy
Facilitate professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
Support and enhance initiatives to foster a diverse and inclusive community
Build and maintain relationships among the Atlanta-area school community
Adjust and problem-solve in response to unprecedented extemporaneous circumstances
Experience – our next Director will have a proven track record of:
Leading in an early childhood education setting and as a classroom educator
Stewarding an enriching learning environment
Overseeing various functions of a school
Hiring, developing and supporting a team of educators
Establishing and enhancing an inclusive community
Strong academic credentials - a master’s degree or equivalent
Qualities - Successful candidates will:
Embody St. Anne’s mission and philosophy
Lead effectively and empathetically
Communicate and collaborate
Be a visionary and strategic thinker who charts an innovative plan for the school’s future
Articulate an educational philosophy based on non-traditional or Reggio- inspired perspectives
About Saint Anne's Day School
St. Anne’s Day School and Enrichment Programs is situated in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys a lush, tree-filled campus. Our school began in 1966 as a mission of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in a traditional setting with 13 students. Over the years, our school, as well as our thinking, has evolved to create a holistic approach to childhood development, inspired in large part by the Reggio Emilia Approach, with approximately 160 students now attending St. Anne’s. With our long history of excellence in early childhood education and our forward-thinking philosophy, St. Anne’s enjoys the reputation of being an outstanding preschool with an annual waitlist, a thriving parent organization, and a dedicated faculty. Children with a St. Anne’s education are independent thinkers and explorers who are well-prepared to succeed at some of the finest independent and public schools in the area.
We promote a nurturing environment, rich in complexity, where children, families, and educators alike are respected as competent individuals. We strive to cultivate a collaborative learning community where relationships can develop and thrive, explora...tion is encouraged, and learning processes are sustained.
Our approach to learning integrates domains of knowledge that are often separated in enriched, varied experiences for children. We honor the dignity of every child and his/her understanding of the world, and we consider children and educators to be partners in our holistic learning process. This partnership honors each child’s unique gifts and in turn guides our children to develop true understandings of differences and cultivate their own self-concept at the earliest stages. We are inspired in particular by the experiences of the infant-toddler centers and preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
• Relationships • Discovery • Curiosity
• Communication • Support • Trust
• Inclusion • Respect • Nurture
St. Anne’s Day School and Enrichment Programs
Our Day School welcomes around 160 children from 12 months through six years of age. School hours are from 8:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Our Enrichment Programs include an Extended Day from 12:30-4:00 p.m. for Day School students ages three and older and a 5-Day Preschool After-School program which includes 7:30 a.m. drop-off and 5:30 p.m. pickup. We also offer an After-School Program for area public schools, a Parents’ Morning Out Program for Church and Day School children ages three and younger, and a Summer Camp Program for ages two-six.
Every class has two highly-trained co-educators with strong academic credentials and a demonstrated life-long love of learning. In addition to 20+ classroom educators, our staff includes a team of studio educators and pedagogy specialists. Studio educators work with small groups to support, enrich, and document classroom work through visual arts and materials, technology, and other focused skills. A librarian, music and tinkering educators, and support educator round out our faculty. Our administrative team includes three support positions, plus the Director, and we also employ coordinators for our After-School and Summer Camp Programs.
Our faculty believes in the importance of:
• Observing and listening to children
• Process over product
• Collaboration and communication among children, families, and educators
• Organization and intentionality
Accordingly, our educators learn and research together on a daily basis after the children’s days end. We also collaborate with other educators by participating and/or presenting in national conferences. A highlight of our continuing education offerings is the chance to embark on summer study tours to Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Our school also hosts educational initiatives and exchanges that allow us to collaborate with other educators, families, academics and local leaders. Since 2004, our faculty has participated in Project Infinity, a collaboration of schools from Atlanta and Greenville, SC, which is supported by the non-profit organization Inspired Practices in Early Education, Inc.