As an Assistant Teacher, you will plan and implement educational programs and vocational preparation and coaching activities for individuals or special groups. In addition, you will communicate information relevant to the student and interns' education and development to their parents/guardians.
Susan Gray School serves young children with developmental disabilities and young children who are at risk for developmental delay. The school has the distinction of being the first nationally recognized inclusive preschool where typically developing children learn alongside children with disabilities in an educational setting.
For nearly four decades, the Susan Gray School has served young children with developmental disabilities and young children who are at risk for developmental delay. The school has the distinction of being the first nationally recognized inclusive preschool where typically developing children learn alongside children with disabilities in an educational setting. More information about Susan Gray School can be found here: http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/admin-offices/sgs/index.php.
Duties and Responsibilities
Maintains a clean, safe, orderly learning environment which contributes to children's physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development.
Follows policies and procedures established by TN DOE and the health department.
Conscientiously supervises children.
Supports the implementation of behavior management in accordance with a Positive Behavior Support approach.
Supports the growing independence of each child by creating opportunities to participate in their classroom community.
Provides educational services in a manner consistent with compliance requirements.
Assists the lead teacher with the planning and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum following NAEYC criteria, DEC recommended practices, TN DOE standards, and SGS policies.
Under the guidance of the lead teacher, embeds early learning standards, IEP/IFSP goals, and NAEYC guidelines into daily activities and routines.
Consistently meets requirements for timely filling of documentation as required.
Implements after care program curriculum under guidance of after care coordinator.
Collaborates with classroom team members to plan and implement daily curriculum and individual education plans.
Participates in classroom team meetings by providing input regarding the progress of all aspects of classroom (curriculum, teaming, and children) at team meetings.
Participates in classroom planning meetings.
Helps create and follows a Classroom Roles and Responsibilities matrix to share responsibility of daily tasks and activities.
Contributes to educational assessments using measures appropriate for the child.
Uses classroom data collection system to collect data on progress towards individual goals developed by educational team.
Provides input on progress for lead teacher to report to parents.
Develops and maintains positive relationships with parents.
Interacts with parents in a friendly, professional manner.
Participates in parent-teacher conferences as appropriate.
Share parent communication with lead teacher, provide responses as appropriate.
Mentors and supports students working within the classroom environment.
Supports positive experiences for student workers, student volunteers, and practicum students.
Models desired practices for interactions with children (group or individual), preparation of the environment, and interactions with families.
Provides lead teacher, after care coordinator, or SGS administration feedback regarding student use of desired practices.
Provides students with information needed to complete assignments.
Assigns student worker or volunteer tasks or duties as necessary.
Displays a commitment to the early childhood field.
Meets all mandated continuing education requirements
Participates in professional development opportunities provided by SGS (staff meetings, in-services).
Follows guidelines and policies of SGS and Vanderbilt University.
Upholds child confidentiality.
Interacts with children, parents, other staff, outside therapists, students, and administration respectfully.
Upholds the SGS philosophy.
Contributes to overall success of the school and share its commitment to the four-fold mission to service, training, research, and demonstration.
Completes additional responsibilities as assigned by the SGS administration.
Flexibly participates in school-wide coverage plan to ensure smooth operation of the entire SGS program including early care, after care program, and special school events.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
High school diploma or GED and 2 years of experience is required.
Experience working with children with disabilities is preferred.
Experience working with young children 1 to 5 years old is required.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America's Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).
About Vanderbilt Benefits
Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.