We currently are looking for an Afternoon Head Teacher. See details below.

Looking for a Preschool Teacher to Join the Gan Shalom Team

Gan Shalom seeks an Afternoon Head Teacher. This position starts in August 2018.


You are a story teller, creative, curious, and push the envelope when needed. Because you bring trust and an aura of calm, the children look up to you. You see being spontaneous and being experimental a big positive. You are well organized and punctual. You are a team player and know how to be a good mentor. You are looking for a home to grow professionally!

You love child-centered, play based learning, and think that it is the only valuable way to teach children. You have experience as a preschool teacher leading classrooms and designing and implementing curriculum. You have a minimum of 12 ECE units.

Most important, you have initiative and a passion for inspiring young children!


We see our preschool as cutting edge, open to new ideas and continually striving to better serve our Gan community. An open and inclusive community, we are a Jewish preschool serving families who are affiliated with various Jewish denominations, are secular or are interfaith. Our children enjoy a play-based curriculum within our beautiful new building designed and organized according to Reggio Emilia-inspired principles. We are located in central Berkeley and we operate under the umbrella of Congregation Beth Israel. We are welcoming to all families. Our website is: www.ganshalomberkeley.org


Our various programs operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children from 2 years old. Your time would start at 12:00 through 6:00 p.m. Depending on the season, Friday school will end earlier. You would be on premises approximately 30 hours per week plus a two-hour staff meeting once a week. Our year begins mid-August and goes through mid-June. We also offer a summer program.

Knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach, the Jewish Culture and Hebrew is a plus, but you are not required to have them.

Our compensation package is competitive, and our benefit package includes Medical and Dental Insurance or a medical stipend if already covered, 403b retirement plan, off for both Jewish and secular holidays and when eligible a longevity bonus.

We look forward to hearing from you and we are excited about the energy and impact you will bring to Gan Shalom. Please send your resume and cover letter to Dr. Beatrice J. V. Balfour at director@ganshalomberkeley.org