Preschool Teacher

The Lead Teacher is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care, which may include toddlers and/or preschool age children; develops partnerships with birth parents/child’s caregivers to engage and encourage parent participation in program. Lead Teacher is also responsible for assuring compliance with codes of all State and local governing contracting agencies; and works collegially with other staff members of New River Preschool.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develops, weekly plans, and implements age appropriate curriculum (lesson plan) to nurture and stimulate all domains of children’s development in their care.

  • Provides a developmentally appropriate classroom environment that reflects the children’s learning and growth.

  • Perform ongoing developmental evaluations of children and develop lesson plans and follow curriculum implementation that addresses the individual needs of each child.

  • Provide responsive care to all children by adapting daily care, giving routines and plans to the interests and needs of the individual child and the group.

  • Maintain ongoing, open communication with parents/ caregivers.

  • Provide a classroom environment that encourages parent participation.

  • Ensure that each family receives an opportunity to build strong relationships and experience clear communication with teaching staff.

  • Completes and reports any symptoms of child abuse to supervisor.

  • Reports all staffing and classroom concerns to supervisor in a timely manner.

  • In accordance with our "team" philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.

Skills and Abilities

  • Early Education Experience required

  • Good communication, problem solving, and priority setting skills as well as maintaining an overall positive and professional attitude /disposition

  • Ability to effectively plan, organize and implement educational activities

  • Must be able to manage confidential information

  • All employees, regardless of position, serve as role models for children and adolescents who are served by our program. Therefore, each employee must at all times be emotionally stable and able to function effectively with children, adolescents and adults who may have mental or behavioral health problems. The staff must be able to demonstrate appropriate daily behavior, appropriate expression of emotions, as well as appropriate role modeling. Hostility, aggression and unnecessary or inappropriate physical actions as well as inappropriate emotional expression are not acceptable.

Qualifications
Required Qualifications include:

  • Education-GED

  • Specialized knowledge in early childhood education

  • Experience with early childhood ages, minimum of 2 years (volunteering accepted)

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education

  • Professional Certification in Early Childhood Development

  • 5+ years in childhood experience

Physical requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to do:

  • Frequently walks, uses hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, and talks or hears.

  • Often required to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl.

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and in case of emergency a 40 pound child.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

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