Lead Teacher - Microschool

KaiPod Learning

KaiPod Learning

Pasadena, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2024

About Us:

We are an emerging Microschool dedicated to providing a personalized, inclusive, and joy sparking education to children of diverse abilities. We believe with the right supports all children can engage in a rich and rigorous curriculum AND need loving, attuned and responsive relationships as a foundation for doing so. Our vision is to create a nurturing environment where every student, by design, feels the deep sense of safety and belonging required to risk asking questions, expressing opinions and making mistakes necessary to the learning process. Leveraging differentiated instruction and a small class size, students with and without disabilities will be supported to collaborate and learn side by side.

Role Overview:

We are seeking a passionate educator to join us as Lead Teacher of our Microschool. This is a unique opportunity to help shape the curriculum and culture of our school from the ground up. This role is ideal for a creative, heart forward educator who deeply understands curriculum design and personalized learning, and has a genuine commitment to inclusive education. The initial focus will be on designing and implementing a tailored day and curriculum for our daughter, who has special needs. As we grow to a small group of 5-10 students, you will play a critical role in expanding our student base while maintaining our commitment to personalized, inclusive education.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Build deep, meaningful relationships with each child to foster a sense of trust, safety and belonging.
  • Create a loving, supportive environment where students feel valued and free to express themselves.
  • Inspire a joy for learning.

Student Support

  • Be highly attuned and responsive to students’ body cues and holistic needs, providing co-regulation support in the classroom.
  • Collaborate with other educators, therapists, and specialists as needed to provide comprehensive support to each student.
  • Continuously assess and monitor student progress, providing regular feedback to students and parents.
  • With the support of parents, therapists and classroom aides, ensure students’ self care needs are met (eg toileting, use of mobility equipment, meal times).

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Work with our team to develop and implement a curriculum that meets the unique needs of our daughter, leverages her interests and sparks joy (first 6 months).
  • Serve as lead educator, delivering high quality instruction and engaging learning experiences for our daughter and future children. Differentiate learning and scaffold projects for each student’s strengths and challenges.

School Design & Growth

  • Collaborate with the founding family to grow the microschool. Assist by: integrating new students, iterating upon curriculum design, serving as a critical thought partner as we explore opportunities to scale (e.g. adding grades, creating network of resource sharing microschools).


  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Education, Special Education, or a related field. Child Development knowledge helpful.
  • A warm, calming presence with a knack for connecting with others.
  • Experience/open to training in: trauma-informed care, attuning to childrens’ body-based and emotional needs, DIR or relationship based approaches to education.
  • Passionate about inclusive education, naturally assumes competence.
  • Highly effective communicator. An ability to build strong relationships with students, parents, and professionals across disciplines.
  • Extensive experience in in-person teaching, curriculum design, and differentiated instruction for diverse learners and/or at-risk populations.
  • Informed understanding of a progressive approach to teaching (e.g. project-based, montessori, mastery-based).
  • Familiar with relevant state learning standards. Able to identify where a student is struggling academically and support them or find resources to help.
  • Comfortable using technology to perform professional duties, including support for instruction, student learning and monitoring.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in teams and take initiative as a leader.
  • Excellent organization, time management and follow-through skills.

Duration, Compensation:

  • Full time employment starting August 2024.
  • Compensation commensurate with experience.