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ʻAkahiao Preschool

Akahiao Preschool, located at Huehue Ranch, is seeking a





We are searching for a caring, fun, responsible caregiver to keiki at our predominantly outdoor preschool. We are located at a picturesque ranch that encompasses an organic garden, tall tree forest and open grassland that can all be used as learning spaces. The Lead Teacher will plan and facilitate  activities that ensure experiential projects, creativity, and active participation. The teacher is also  responsible for providing a safe and developmentally appropriate preschool program for young children that complies with all relevant legislation, policies and procedures. Our main curriculum focus will be on gratitude to the natural world, which will include outdoor play, giving back practice and simply thanking natural elements.


Job Requirements:


  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Basic gardening skills

  • Demonstrates an attitude of gratitude

  • Willingness and ability to learn and implement a nature-based curriculum

  • Learn the Thanksgiving Address and be able to lead the day with it

  • Must have a positive attitude, high level of integrity, honesty and strong work ethic

  • Adopt & utilize language specific to our program needs

  • Sensitive to individual and group needs of children. A joyful and compassionate approach to the child

  • Comfortable in child-led activities, rewarding curiosity, initiative and independence of the keiki

  • Ability to recognize the strengths and areas for growth for each child and tailor instruction to meet their needs and help them develop a positive self-concept

  • Ability to assess each child’s growth effectively and communicate that to family effectively and with compassion

  • Ability to create an atmosphere of positive and appropriate discipline

  • Demonstrated ability to develop new and imaginative programs within the field of early childhood education

  • Knowledge of children's physical, emotional, and developmental patterns

  • Knowledge of general learning theories and curriculum development alternatives


Work hours:

Tuesday - Thursday 730AM - 1600 (with Keiki 800 - 1500)

Fridays 900 - 1500


Attend Open House  before start of school - Date TBA

Start date: July 14

Training July 14- 16

Preparation week Aug 1 - 4 

Start school Aug 8


Duties Include: 


  • Weekly update email to parents

  • Organize Parent meetings as needed

  • Plans Family Friday activities

  • Create and implement curriculum

  • Safety of children


Educational and Experience Requirements

  • A Bachelor's Degree in child development or early childhood education with emphasis on preschool from an accredited college or university

  • Or a Bachelor's Degree in elementary education from an accredited college or university including at least 12 course credits in ECE

  • Experience as a preschool teacher or in early childhood development for at least 2 years

  • Training in Reggio Emilia, Montessori or Steiner models preferred (in order or preference)


Salary: up to $4000/mo, commensurate with experience

Housing available on-site

To Apply: email your resume and statement of intent to

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