Start Date: August 2017
The Anne & Jim Kenan Preschool of the Atlanta Speech School has an opening for a part-time and/or a full-time, lead teacher for the two-year old class. The Kenan Preschool is a community preschool program that serves typically developing children, two to six years of age. In addition, the preschool serves as a mainstreaming site for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. An emphasis on research-based practices for language and early literacy is integrated throughout the curriculum to prepare children with a solid foundation for learning. The Kenan Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is licensed by Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
The mission of the Atlanta Speech School is to help each person develop his or her full potential through language and literacy. The School is now the nation’s most comprehensive center for language and literacy, with four schools, five clinics, summer programs and a professional development center. Each day extraordinarily dedicated and talented individuals make profound differences in the lives of the children and adults we serve here. Please visit our website for a closer look at our work: www.atlantaspeechschool.org
POSITION SUMMARY: The lead teacher is responsible for assisting in the delivery of a high quality educational program for each child in the class and works in a collaborative teaching team serving children who are two years of age. All teachers are expected to have knowledge and understanding of child development across cognitive, language, social, and motor domains. Instructional planning and classroom organization and management techniques are planned and modified to meet the specific needs of the class. In addition, teachers are expected to have effective teaching skills, an analytical approach to learner differences, and assume responsibility for monitoring and insuring progress. Lead teachers are expected to consistently perform high quality work with little supervision, work in an efficient manner to effectively manage workload demands, and demonstrate an ability and willingness to adapt creatively to varying situations. Knowledge and understanding of research-based practices for language and early literacy instruction are required and additional professional learning opportunities are provided.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE JOB:
- Plan and implement research-based practices for language and early literacy instruction for all thematic units of study
- Maintain a classroom environment that provides optimum support for language and literacy development
- Provide direct instruction, guided practice, and independent activities based on children’s needs, interests, and learning styles
- Foster open, interactive communication with parents through conferences, report writing, parent education meetings, and newsletters
- Collaborate with teaching team to implement best practices in the classroom
- Provide positive guidance and management strategies that are responsive to children’s needs to promote positive behavior and self-reliance in children
- Provide positive teacher-child interactions: warm relationships, positive affect, encouraging statements, and respect for children