Work under the direct supervision of the Head Teacher. Work requires a thorough knowledge of the goals and objectives of the total Head Start program. Incumbent is expected to act independently in teaching children assigned to them and perform other tasks related to the education and development of preschool aged children.
Demonstrate competency to perform functions that include:
planning and implementing learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy, phonemic, and print awareness, their understanding and use of language, their understanding and use of increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, their appreciation of books, their understanding of early math and early science, their problem-solving abilities, and their approaches to learning.
Work performance may be measured using objective evaluation tools, C.L.A.S.S. scores, attendance, and other measures including the ability to positively interact with parents using a wide range of teaching and learning techniques. Work must conform to Head Start Performance Standards and all relevant regulations and program directives.
Preparation and Presentation of Instruction
Identifies various developmentally appropriate instructional strategies based on school readiness goals.
Prepare instructional resources and lesson plans and orient children using clear directions and suitable teaching strategies.
Help children acquire meaningful content knowledge in all learning domains using current, accurate, and child-focused techniques and information.
Facilitate learning concepts, language development, scientific inquiry that leads to higher-order thinking skills in young children.
Apply knowledge in C.L.A.S.S. Observation domains and dimensions as part of the classroom routine.
Learning Environment and Classroom Management
Promote parent and volunteer participation in center and program activities.
Assume custodial responsibilities necessary to maintain a clean and orderly learning environment.
Exercise health and safety practices appropriate for children and adults.
Manage and make the most class time by promoting instruction and learning.
Discourage or redirect student aggression by managing children’s behavior.
Encourage active participation of children in daily activities by limiting children’s “wait” time.
Use verbal and non-verbal skills to provide cues to children that encourage positive behavior.
Display samples of children’s work reflective of the lesson plan.
Must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or child development, or a bachelor’s or advanced degree in early childhood; and course work equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching pre-school aged children.
Must be able to work with small children, frequently in mixed age groupings, while displaying warmth and patience.
Must be able to direct and organize the activities and work of others, and establish effective working relationships with parents, volunteers, and co-workers.
Must be able to communicate with persons of varied cultures and backgrounds regardless of race, color, creed, religion, nationality, economic or social standing.
Must be familiar with all areas of Head Start and be able to effectively communicate basic concepts by oral and written means.
Must have significant mobility, transportation, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance to conduct required home visits and attend trainings.
Must have basic computer skills.
The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a bachelor's degree program or equivalent degree in a field of study related to the job.
PHYSICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position and there is frequent opportunity to move about. On rare occasions there may be a need to move or lift light articles.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
Must pass a local and state criminal history background check, fingerprinting, physical examination, TB Test, clearance of the State Central Registry on Child Abuse and Neglect; obtain valid Driver’s License with Clearance from agency insurance provider and reliable transportation.
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.