Kindergarten Kickstart is an innovative summer pre-K program for children who could use
an extra preschool experience before starting kindergarten at Farm Hill or Macdonough
The 2013 program will run from July 1-August 2, Monday through Friday, with an
additional week or two beforehand for curricular planning and classroom set-up. You must
be available the entire time in order to be considered.
Kickstart is a pilot program in its 2nd year, looking for energetic, motivated, smart, mature
Wesleyan students to help shape and define it for this summer and for the future. This is
by no means an established summer experience program or anything of the sort. You are
responsible for housing, meals, and self-care during your work with Kickstart.
We recommend talking to previous Kickstart staff (Sydney Lewis, salewis@wes,
Taylor Deloach, tdeloach@wes, Andy Ribner, aribner@wes) and reading the 2012 blog
(kindergartenkickstart.blogspot.org) to familiarize yourself with the program.
A note about pay: We are working on securing funding with the goal of paying each
teacher a $2,000 stipend. However, at this point not all funding has been secured and
student-teaching positions might be low-paid or volunteer positions. You will not have
much time or energy for another job while Kickstart is running, though you will have
time in June or August before and after the program dates. If we are very excited about a
particular applicant who cannot afford to work unpaid during the summer program, we
will collaborate on finding a solution.
To be considered, please email the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but should be submitted by 4/5/13.
1. Answers to the following questions in the body of your email:
Wesleyan Class, Year, Major
How did you hear about Kickstart?
2. A current resume
3. A one-page statement about
a. why you want to teach for Kindergarten Kickstart
b. your relevant background experience
c. what special skills, qualities, contributions you would bring to Kickstart
4. Contact emails for two references
For further information, please contact Prof. Anna Shusterman,