The Lead PreK or Kindergarten Teacher is responsible for all aspects of the care and education for the children enrolled in his/her class. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following: physical caregiving, developmental assessments, following an age appropriate curricular plan which is aligned to state standards, driving a van for field trips, and facilitation of supportive relationships with the owner, directors, co-workers, parents, and students.
- Must be 18 years of age and a high school graduate
- Must have a clear FBI background check and be fingerprinted prior to start of employment
- Certified teachers preferred
- A teaching certificate or a degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field is preferred.
- Must have two years’ experience caring for children in a licensed early childhood facility, public or private school, OR successfully complete 24 hours of pre-service child care orientation.
- Must be warm, nurturing, patient, and open to learning.
- Must be capable of managing a group of children with varied dispositions in a positive and respectful manner in a variety of situations.
- Must have the specific, knowledge-based competencies (stages of child development and learning styles, age appropriate activities, etc.) required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job.
- Must have good verbal as well as written communication skills such as content and grammar.
- Must be current in CPR and First Aid or successfully complete an approved course within the first month of employment.
- Should be enthusiastic, energetic, creative and self-motivated. The position requires considerable flexibility and patience.
- Must be able to work well both independently and cooperatively in a positive, team-oriented, environment.
- Must have a good attendance record and be punctual
- Must be able to fulfill the physical demands of the position ie; able to lift, carry, push and/or pull up to 50 pounds. Some climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and or crawling will be required.
- Ensure the safety of each child enrolled in the class whether in the classroom, on the playground or in common areas, through constant supervision.
- Have appropriate and consistent classroom management skills.
- Should enjoy and respect the egocentricity of every child in the classroom.
- Plan and implement developmentally appropriate classroom practices that support the physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs of young children and meet the standards of the Towne Creek School.
- Plan lessons and activities according to the philosophy of the Towne Creek School.
- Become familiar with and utilize curriculum aligned with state standards.
- Complete and submit weekly lesson plans and What’s Happenings to the office by Thursday afternoon.
- Assess the development and progress of the students on an ongoing basis.
- Maintain a portfolio on each child.
- Conduct and document developmental assessments of the students in your care.
- Communicate the results of these assessments with parents through progress reports (2 per year) and parent /teacher conferences (2 per year).
- Work with the teaching team in a positive, professional manner.
- Team with parents, co-workers and administration to provide the best support for your students through sharing information in a professional and confidential manner.
- Be open to change, new ideas and constructive criticism.
- Assist students individually or in small groups with lessons/activities.
- Have positive interactions with each child on a daily basis during circle time, centers, snacks, lunch time, playground, free play, etc. for the purpose of creating a positive learning environment.
- Organize and implement field trips for the students
- Drive the school van (optional but preferred)
- Maintain daily attendance and submit your attendance sheets to the office on Friday at the end of each week.
- Maintain a monthly classroom budget and submit all relevant paperwork to the office by the last Thursday of each month.
- Ensure parents are signing their children in and out each day.
- Perform general housekeeping duties within the classroom, on the playground and throughout the school.
- Attend all scheduled meetings and in-service presentations for the purpose of acquiring and/or conveying information relative to job functions.
- Successfully complete 24 clock hours of professional in-service training annually.
- Be knowledgeable of the Minimum Standard Requirements of Child Care required by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
SALARY RANGE $10 – $14 per hour
- Salary is based on a number of factors: 1) Educational background 2) Years of experience 3) Child care, etc. Final salary is negotiable.