The PEL Certified Teacher plans and implements developmentally appropriate daily programming for an assigned group of children. The PEL Certified Teacher provides care, nurturance, protection, and supervision for all children, especially those in the assigned group, at the site, on field trips, and during school escort/pickup services.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY TASKS
Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Plan and implement a variety of creative, developmentally-appropriate activities to enhance children’s social, physical, emotional, cognitive and motor skill development in a classroom environment. Participate actively with children at all times during such activities.
Maintain the physical environment, both indoor and outdoors that includes constant supervision of children, toys, and equipment. Responsible for ensuring safe, clean, and healthy conditions in all surroundings with children in accordance with all licensing requirements and consistent with agency philosophy and policies. This includes, but is not limited to, statute/policy regarding appropriate supervision of children.
Plan, implement, and participate in classroom activities that foster children’s freedom of choice. The classroom activities must be sensitive to the needs of individual children including their individual learning styles, habits, and disabilities, if applicable.
Participate in staff meetings, training sessions, conferences, workshops, and other professional development activities.
Responsible for maintaining communication with parents as needed regarding children’s daily activities, progress, and concerns
Establish a positive link with parents, and welcome them into comfortable and constructive roles in the classroom.
Foster awareness, understanding and appreciation of various cultures through group activities and appropriate role modeling
Make referrals to the Social Service Team to ensure that children with special needs and families with functional concerns that may affect the child’s experience at the Center
Write regular, anecdotal notes about the observed health, peer relationships, adult/child relationships, behavioral concerns, and areas of growth for each child in the assigned group
Help children become aware of their roles as integral members of groups. Support positive peer and adult/child relationships and problem solving within groups
Work as a member of a team that includes program management staff, training coordinators, classroom staff, and support staff
Assume an equal share of routine classroom housekeeping responsibilities
Maintain program records, including, but not limited to, classroom attendance, meal counts, child assessments, accident reports, and anecdotal notes
All 04 Teacher’s annual salary will be based on a 10-month year, with the two (2) summer months, scheduled off.
Other duties as assigned.
Follows procedures as required by licensing and funding agencies (including but not limited to Illinois DCFS Licensing Standards, City of Chicago Health Requirements for Day Care Centers, Head Start Performance Standards, Chicago Public School requirements, Carole Robertson Center for Learning Policies and Procedures and quality standards as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children)
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and or ability required.
Applicants for the position of PEL Certified Teacher must possess a valid Early Childhood Teaching certificate. Candidates are also required to possess their bilingual and/or their ESL endorsement. B.A./B.S. in Early Childhood Education/Child Development is preferred.
· Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
· Must have experience in applied skills in music theory, performance, and/or education.
· Must participate in the planning of and implementation of music and arts related program, special events.
· Ability to appropriately represent the agency to external partners, collaborators, funders, and volunteers.
· Bilingual (Spanish) proficiency as indicated for program needs.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform.
Requires frequent sitting, standing, bending, or stooping for prolonged periods.
Requires lifting up to 25 lbs.
Requires physical agility to attend to the physical needs and activity levels of children.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is based on a 10-month schedule. PEL Certified Teachers have the summers off!