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Preschool Teacher Assistant
Nicholson School

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Nicholson School

Job Summary

$20-25 per hour
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Job Last Posted
Job posted 27 days ago
Job Role
Teaching Assistant
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Job Description

The Nicholson School, a nursery school located on the north side of Chicago, is seeking a highly skilled, nurturing early childhood educator to join the team. The educational philosophy of the school is that children learn through play. The school follows developmentally appropriate practices and believes that all children should be treated with dignity and respect, allowing for individual differences. The goal of the school is to create an exceptional experience for young children where they feel nurtured, safe and self-confident as they explore the world around them.      Responsibilities

  • Assist the lead teacher in teaching the class
  • Support the lead teacher in establishing a classroom community that will benefit the overall healthy growth and development of the child 
  • Participate in building the school community
  • Assist lead teacher in maintaining preschool program facilities and environment
  • Other duties as assigned by the lead teacher or director


  • BA in early childhood education a plus. 
  • Credentials in full compliance with DCFS licensing guidelines
  • Warm, friendly personality, able to relate well to young children, parents and staff
  • Must be immunized
  • Excellent oral communication skills 
  • Excellent observational skills 
  • Able to handle issues with children with respect and compassion
  • A team player

Salary is competitive based on education and experience.  The location is Bucktown.  Principals only; recruiters, please don't contact this job posting.   For consideration, please respond to this ad via email; indicate Nicholson School Teaching Assistant in the subject line. No phone calls please. 

Business Overview

Our Story

The Nicholson School Story

The Nicholson School was founded by a mom to honor her grandmother, Novella Nicholson, a strong woman who worked both inside and outside of the home, raised three children and always wanted to be an educator of young children. While Novella's dream was never realized, she passionately believed that a well-educated child is capable of wonderful things.

This conviction is at the core of everything we do at The Nicholson School. We see our primary role as that of caring facilitators. Our mission is to help children embark on their personal paths by encouraging them to get excited about learning and excited about asking why. 


Our Philosophy

At The Nicholson School we believe that children learn best in environments in which they feel safe, nurtured and confident. Our teachers focus on meeting each child where he or she is developmentally so that they feel comfortable exploring and learning. Children create their own unique classroom community facilitated by teachers who help them learn how to respect and care for themselves, each other and the environment.


We believe that children absorb and understand knowledge through their own unique combination of experiences and representations - their Multiple Intelligences. At The Nicholson School we respect children's Multiple Intelligences by creating a play-based, age-appropriate, intentional environment for teacher-led, small group and self-directed exploration across a wide range of concepts - literacy, science, art, numbers, and music. The classroom environment is dynamic and evolves over the year with the children and their interests.


The Nicholson School believes that our children share this earth with people from many cultures. The school environment affords children the opportunity to learn about different peoples together.

Lastly, The Nicholson School believes in the competence of children - our teachers support each child's individual learning style and path of inquiry. Children are encouraged to reason, ask why, experiment and make decisions.

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