Sunday School Teacher
The Secular Jewish Community & School, which meets in Oak Park Illinois, is an organization committed to teaching and celebrating Jewish history, culture, music, literature, values and identity in a secular, humanistic context.
We are seeking a teacher to work three Sundays a month from early September through May with our pre-kindergarten/ kindergarten class for 4-6 year olds. Our five multiage classes have 7-14 students and a teenage teacher’s assistant. We have an established week-by-week curriculum for each class, but teachers create the specific learning activities for each week. This is a paid position, $90-$120 per wk depending on experience, plus hourly pay for training and meetings, $2700-$3500 per yr. A 50% tuition and babysitting discount is available for our teachers who want to enroll their children in our Sunday school.
*Be present 9:15 to 12:15 for 3 Sundays per month, 27 2.5 hour class sessions plus set up/ clean up time.
*Review and use curriculum/teaching materials provided by the Sunday school committee.
• Receive training from a curriculum committee member who will be available to assist in the classroom on occasion.
• Create a written lesson plan for each class session based on the week-by-week curriculum topic outline and input from the curriculum committee.
• Implement the lesson plan for a 2 hour class session and participate in 30 minutes of community singing and dancing.
• Communicate regularly with students’ parents via weekly emails and face-to-face meetings as needed.
• Attend an orientation meeting and two to three meetings of the teaching team with the Sunday school coordinator (paid time).
• Hebrew fluency is not required as Hebrew is not emphasized in our curriculum.
We are seeking someone who:
• Has teaching experience with this age group and likes working with children
• Enjoys and is knowledgeable about the cultural aspects of Jewish life
• Wants a fun and meaningful way to significantly contribute to secular Jewish education in the near western suburbs of Chicago.
Our community is diverse and inclusive in our beliefs, our backgrounds and our family structures. We are a community of about 45 families who gather in Oak Park to celebrate and explore our Jewish heritage in a nonreligious context and provide our children with Jewish education.