compensation: $14-$16 per hour employment type: full-time
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The Lead Teacher is responsible for developing a cohesive teaching team, coordinating the curriculum, and managing the day-to-day operational activities of the classroom. Teachers must understand children's cognitive, social, emotional and physical development in order to ensure a safe and stimulating classroom environment where children are actively engaged and encouraged to succeed. The Teacher must be skilled in communicating with both children and adults in order to meet the needs of the children, effectively guide teacher assistants, and resolve parental concerns.
Coordinate and implement educational curriculum by developing classroom activities based on developmentally appropriate practices and early learning standards
Lead by example; encourage teaching team success through modeling and coaching.
Plan individual and group age-appropriate activities to actively engage children and encourage social, cognitive and emotional growth.
Maintain frequent communications with parents through informal discussions, progress reports, and parent-teacher conferences.
Ensure all center policies and state regulations are met.
Ensure a healthy classroom environment - including maintaining appropriate hygiene and cleanliness standards and safety and security of children.
Supervise teacher assistants and classroom volunteers to ensure they are following planned activities, hygiene and safety standards.
Maintain accurate records, forms and files.
Maintain personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement.
Strong oral and written communication skills and basic computer skills.
High energy and the ability to work well with others (staff, children, and parents) and to foster a team environment.
A strong understanding of child development.
Infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.
Must clear full background check and must pass health screening.
CDA or equivalent state qualification
Requirements include the ability to take frequent walks, use hands and fingers, handle objects, tools or controls, talk to and hear voices at many levels. May also be required to kneel, bend, squat or crawl.
A specific vision ability will be required including the ability to see up close and up to a certain distance, to see colors, have peripheral vision and depth perception.
Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
A note about our program too applicants,
When hiring new staff we ask a series of questions about how the staff member would handle common scenarios that we as Early Childhood Professionals face. We look for answers that reflect state guidelines, as well as align with our own Center Policies. When the candidate does their working interview we look for quality based interactions. These are interactions that follow the NAYEC code of ethics, we want to hire staff that have quality as well as the basics required by licensing. They also need to be teachable so that they can learn to follow all the rules, regs, and expectations.
Communication is so important! As a Director I communicate by telling the staff what I expect, and making suggestions to help them implement an idea that will promote quality for their classroom. I am also hands on, in the classrooms often to help guide them where I want them to be.
We use a nationally accredited curriculum supported by Early Head Start, and promoted by the State. The Creative Curriculum was purchased for my school out of our own budget, and by local county agencies and the school district.
I have delegated that to staff who I trust, and who can dedicate the appropriate amount of time and care to the process. I chose the curriculum but ask my more responsible teachers to oversee the implementation of it in the classrooms. Sometimes delegation is the best option. I have a lot on my plate and want to ensure the curriculum is given the attention it deserves.
The curriculum is easily adaptable to each child at their own level of learning. Communicating this to parents and staff, and helping them adapt the lesson when needed can go a long way. Also the curriculum is research based and supported by local agencies, this is very helpful as well.
Thank you for considering us! We look forward to hearing from you!
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