The teacher provides leadership to teacher aides, foster grandparents and volunteers. The goal is to provide a child development experience for every child in the class based on educational principles and current evidence-based research. The teacher is responsible for behaving in a positive manner, as an appropriate role model for the staff, parents, children and visitors. This position directly relates to teaching, learning and direct child care and supervision of children as it relates to Performance Standards and State Licensing.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPECTATIONS OF EMPLOYEE:
- Provides leadership to the children.
- Presents learning situations in an interesting and challenging way.
- Plans and implements learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy and phonemic, print, and numeracy awareness, their understanding and use of language, their understanding and use of increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, their appreciation of books, and their problem solving abilities.
- Supports the social and emotional development of children.
- Formulates lesson plans.
- Provides supervision of field trips for assigned children and chaperones.
- Implements planning sessions with the assistance of the Teacher Aides.
- Maintains communication with parents, including helping parents understand the growth and development of their children.
- Encourages the involvement of the families of the children in program and supports the development of relationships between children and their families.
- Informs parents of all accidents or illnesses pertaining to his/her child.
- Promotes good health and safety practices.
- Establishes and maintains a safe, healthy learning environment.
- Assists with other groups of children when help is needed.
- Reports absences of three days or more to the Education Supervisor and to the Social Service Department.
- Reports to Education Supervisor any signs of illness or behavioral problems in a child that may require follow up.
- Ensures that: the child is changed, cleaned and soiled clothing is sent home, and that the soiled area is cleaned in case a child has an accident.
- Shares responsibilities necessary for a harmonious environment.
- Collects and submits accurate and complete participant information for inclusion in ChildPlus in a timely manner.
- Maintains records of children's progress and development.
- Provides supervision for an assigned group at lunch and rest times.
- Trains new personnel with the assistance of the Teacher Aides.
- Trains and evaluates assigned personnel.
- Attends meetings and trainings as required.
- Writes and submits required reports in a timely manner.
- Stays abreast of current practices and the latest research in Early Childhood Education.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Understands and applies child development and appropriate activities for children ages 3-5 years old.
- Ability to communicate effectively with staff, children, parents, volunteers, and visitors.
- Ability to implement changes when directed.
- Ability to work harmoniously with others.
- Possesses a demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of poverty, oppression, sexism, racism, ageism and other forms of societal and individual prejudice that confront our staff, volunteers, program participants and community at-large. Possesses a proven ability to work effectively and respectfully with a broad range of people from diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Skilled in engaging and motivating program participants to increase their self-sufficiency and work towards resolution of the challenges they face.
- Ability to advocate on behalf of program participants and must believe that program participants have the capacity to grow and change.
- Ability to demonstrate a philosophy and value base consistent with the purpose and goals of Kingsley House and Kingsley House at the Bayou District, utilizing a strengths and empowerment perspective and working towards increasing the capacities of program participants and their families.
- Possesses the ability to work holistically, as part of a team, with staff, program participants and their families, volunteers and the community at-large towards successful outcomes for program participants.
- Able to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid certification.
- Ability to respect the integrity of each program participant, their right to privacy and confidentiality, and their right to participate to their maximum capacity in determining their participation in our programs, including the formation of a case or treatment service plan.
- Maintains confidentiality with respect to personnel and proprietary agency information.
- Ability to meet deadlines, well organized, and able to work under pressure of multiple deadlines; demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload.
- Acts as a role model within and outside of the agency.
- Adheres to agency policies and procedures.
BS or BA in Early Childhood Education, or BA in Elementary Education, or Child Development.
1 year professional experience working with children ages 3 – 5 years old.
(Kingsley House is an Equal Opportunity Employer EOE M/F/D/V)