Early Learning Educator


Location(s):                      Menlo Park

Reports To:                      Executive Director, Associate Director

Supervises:                     Early Learning Center Learning Guides (Aides)

Pay:                                 $23 - $27hr, depending on experience

Work Status:                   Full-time, non-exempt

Open Mind School, Early Learning Center

Open Mind School operates an Inclusive Early Learning Center for toddler and preschool aged children; alongside a comprehensive K-12 schooling experience in Menlo Park. Open Mind School programs are relationship based and built on the firm belief that children are curious learners who thrive in supportive environments. Open Mind School is inspired by the vision of inclusive and universal designed learning opportunities for all students. We're dedicated to creating and providing a child-centered, personalized experience that leverages local experiential learning opportunities. Open Mind School's mission is for all students to access high quality education, enrichment opportunities, and social experiences in an inclusive and supportive environment. 

Position Summary

Educators partner with families and students to drive learning opportunities in the program. Teachers work with educational consultants and curriculum developers to create personalized activities in addition to teaching standard based learning curriculum, emphasizing both academic rigor and social emotional learning. Teachers are part of a network of professionals who provide regular support, feedback, and opportunities to enhance project based collaborative learning opportunities. Building a revolutionary educational model translates to year-round work, flexibility in creativity and leadership opportunities and modern technology to enhance and empower the learning and teaching experience. We are seeking confident educators who love curriculum, have an internal drive to positively impact policy and community, and who are compassionate working with a multitude of learners on a dynamic school team. Educators must presume individualization, competency with students. They must have both a confidence in their skillset and also an open mind to learn new teaching methods. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead small mixed-age classes with a small student-teacher ratio of no more than 1:6 adults to children; along with other classroom support professionals  

  • Design experiential, project-based learning activities for the class by using local resources to create an experience that's relevant and real-world

  • Curate individual learning activities for personalized learning based on each student's interests, support needs, and learning style

  • Determine students' academic and social emotional learning objectives and ensure that they're met meaningfully 

  • Collaborate with service providers, elective teachers, and other educators to design and refine an innovative model for education

  • Communicate learning targets and outcomes to colleagues, parents, and students

  • Partner with parents in optimizing and evolving their student's whole child, personalized learning experience throughout the year

  • Use the resources of the city and community to create an education that is relevant and real

  • Be a role model for on-site team of educators to positively contribute to the culture, schedule, processes, and procedures

  • Nurture the professional development of the school site team members

  • Build and maintain positive, transparent relationships with the school’s parents, and support other educators to do the same

  • Implement strong behavior support management systems and foster strong student advocacy in social emotional growth

  • Hold ultimate responsibility for your classroom’s performance


Basic Qualifications

  • 12 core semester units in early childhood education/development semester units

  • 6 months experience in a licensed child care center or comparable group child care program.


      6 completed semester units of early childhood education and enrolled in at least 2 semester units          at a college until fully qualified

  • Presume competence in all students

  • Must have experience curriculum planning and implementation

  • Openness to incorporating social emotional learning into student experiences

  • Report on student progress throughout the year with regular updates parents

  • Prior experience working with toddlers and preschoolers

  • Passion for working with and engaging children in student driven learning experiences

  • Belief in fostering children's social emotional capabilities

  • Commitment to continuous improvement

  • Experience working with the students with disabilities, preferably those who have an Autism and Apraxia a plus

  • Growth mindset and customer service orientation

Preferred Qualifications


  • Credential in special education or enrollment in an accredited special education credentialing program

  • 2+ years in an Early Learning classroom setting

  • Content knowledge in the subject being taught 

  • Bilingual Spanish/English

  • Prior experience lead teaching or guest teaching in preschool classrooms

  • Experience and/ or openness in different methodologies (ABA, DIR, RDI, PRT, RPM)

Compensation and Benefits


OMS is proud to offer a very generous benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage for individual employees and dependents

  • Flexible spending account, 401K 

  • Paid federal holidays, sick days, and vacation days

  • Professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursements


  • Possess valid DMV license and current vehicle insurance 

  • Have access and be able to use to Internet and email 

  • Must have fingerprints on file with the State of California and FBI 

  • Must have TB test within last 1 year 

  • Must have immunization records showing immunizations against influenza, pertussis and measles. 

  • Must have current CPR/1st Aid prior to program start date 

  • Must have authorization to work in the U.S. 

Compensation and Benefits


  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience

  • Vacation and sick days

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage options

  • Professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement

  • Quarterly performance bonuses                                                                                                  

  • 401 K

  • Flex spending account

ADA Specifications

This position is largely sedentary in nature. However, one must possess the ability to speak, hear, write, use a computer and related software programs, and lift up to 20 lbs. Ongoing local and/or national travel periodically required.

About Open Mind School

Open Minds, Silicon Valley is a leader in inclusion and accessibility working with public, private,
nonpublic schools and businesses around the SF Bay Area and beyond. Open Minds, Silicon
Valley operates Open Mind School, a small k-12 nonprofit pilot model school in Menlo Park. Our
world-class team of educators, entrepreneurs, and specialized service providers are working
together to use data analytics to make informed decision making on school learning
environments. We're dedicated to creating and providing a child-centered, personalized
experience that leverages local experiential learning opportunities. Open Mind School's mission
is for all students to access high quality education, enrichment opportunities, and social
experiences in an inclusive and supportive environment. Open Mind School is a public benefit
corporation and nonprofit organization which requires us to meet rigorous standards of social
and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

OMS is an equal opportunity employer.


OMS hires employees regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, and other protected statuses as required by applicable law.