Create, manage and participate in a variety of learning environments and activities that provide opportunities for students to develop to their fullest potential and achieve their learning objectives. Participate collaboratively and professionally with other teachers and staff to promote the general well-being of the school, and collective/individual interest of its staff and student body.
EDUCATIONAL: * Implements Spring standardized early age curriculum in accordance with directives and guidelines for implementation demonstrates understanding of school’s educational programs (e.g. Links to Learning, behavioral management, parent reports, assessments, etc.) * Provides weekly, age appropriate, lesson plans for review and ensures that assignments and necessary materials are prepared before the beginning of each activity; modifies lesson plans and schedules as required. * Utilizes NLCI curriculum planning, including readiness, math readiness, circle time, themes, science/health, motor movement, art/cooking/music, computers and ensures educational equity. * Acknowledges and encourages diversity and varying viewpoints by providing images and experiences that reflects the local and global communities. * Uses circle time and centers according to lesson plans and varies the instructional materials used including contextual, supplemental, teaching bulletin boards, teacher-constructed, audio-visual, activity-based, hands-on, discovery, puzzles/games and tactile. * Assesses developmental needs of children and works to incorporate individual students’ learning, physical and emotional needs through providing a variety of materials and activities that encourage children to explore their environment and develop social skills, problem-solving skills and new ways of thinking. * Maintains accurate and timely educational assessments and progress portfolios for all students assigned.
HEALTH & SAFETY: * Monitors students appropriately to ensure a safe and healthy environment, both indoors and outdoors, following all rules and procedures of the school and company as well as state licensing standards. * Ensures that hazardous objects are out of reach of children. * Maintains ratios at all times, keeps attendance records of children throughout the day. * Promptly reports any suspected child abuse to the Principal for appropriate research and notification. * Disinfects mats, toys and other classroom materials weekly or as required. * Carries out fire drills in accordance with licensing requirements in conjunction with principal direction. * Serves food and monitors children observing food intake and needs of children. * Reports maintenance and equipment needs and safety hazards in a timely manner. * Adheres to school Injury and Illness Prevention Plan including: observation of children for illness, disease or unusual behavior, administering first aid or emergency measures, reporting any findings to the administrative team and the timely completion of corresponding paperwork. * Maintains accurate attendance reports.
INTERACTIONS WITH STUDENTS: * Communicates frequently and respectfully with children directly, in child-friendly tones and on their level, including getting down on the floor with children during certain activities, holding or picking up children when needed, being able to help children during naptime and supporting the children’s efforts. * Ensures rules and limits are established according to school positive discipline philosophy and standards; uses consistency in discipline.
- Initiates and models positive interactions in the classroom, on the playground and in other settings. * Encourages students’ positive self image and supports individuality, independence, and creative expression. * Helps children during transitions to and from classrooms.
INTERACTIONS WITH PARENTS AND STAFF: * Meets and greets parents on arrival and departure. * Presents a favorable image of the school to parents, children, staff and visitors by exhibiting a friendly, caring and warm attitude at all times. * Ensures that parents, other teachers and Principal are informed appropriately of children’s cognitive, behavioral, and social issues, as necessary. * Directs parental concerns/issues and information relative to children’s progress to Principal as needed. * Obtains prior approval from Principal regarding written communication to parents.
PROFESSIONALISM: * Maintains a cooperative attitude in dealing with other staff and parents always presenting a high level of respect in tone and manner. Works to resolve conflicts quickly. * Follows all school and company policies and procedures including but not limited to; dress code, assigned work schedule, reliability, dependability and punctuality. * Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to learn and adopt new ideas in early learning and development; works to continually learn and improve skills. * Maintains confidentiality regarding staff, children and families as well as NLCI management and operations. * Avoids gossip in the workplace. * Attends staff meetings, trainings and other school functions as required and requested. * Meets and greets children each day in a warm and friendly tone upon arrival and departure. * Communicates directly with others, based on fact, keeping in mind the best interest of families, students and the program. * Implements recommendations from Parent Assurance Reviews (PAR) and Quality Assurance Reviews (QAR) as required by the Principal.
OTHER DUTIES: * Responsible for supervision of students other than those assigned to his/her classroom on an emergency basis. * Accountable for playground duty supervision (as assigned), ensuring that children remain in the playground, are playing safely on equipment and report back inside with their class when instructed to do so. * Plans class parties, attends field trips and plans/implements extended before- and after-school activities if part of employment relationship. * Follows NLCI policies regarding classroom purchases prior to it being made on behalf of the school. * Conserves classroom materials by using all materials effectively and efficiently; reports supply needs when stock is depleted. * Serves on staff committees, as requested. * Performs all other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS: * Two-year degree in Early Childhood Education or life experience equivalent. High School diploma or equivalent (GED) required. * Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred. * Meets minimum preparation and experience required for certification as an Early Childhood Education Teacher. Complies with all state education and licensing standards, and maintains validation of credentials for the position (i.e. professional development). * Previous experience as an Early Childhood Education Teacher, in a licensed preschool or early development center. * Strong organizational skills.
COMMUNICATION & INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: * Exhibits strong interpersonal and communication skills. Creates a responsive and productive working relationship with parents, children, teachers, other staff and the local community through remaining accessible and communicating clearly and concisely. * Utilizes technology to effectively communicate with staff, parents and the administrative team.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: * Frequent walking and standing (over 50%) and running (10-25%). * Often carrying and lifting 25 pounds or less (25-50%) and occasionally carrying 25-50 pounds (10-25%). * Often using repetitive or fine hand movements (25-50%). * Occasionally working with arms above shoulder level (10-25%) and often reaching (25-50%). * Frequent speaking and listening (over 75%) to staff, children and parents. Must be proficient in speaking, writing and reading English to include reading and comprehending policies, and procedures, writing incident reports, speaking to licensing representatives, academic progress reports, and curriculum in English. * Frequent bending, squatting, stooping, reaching, kneeling, rising from the floor, twisting to interact with children (over 50%). * Regular overtime as required by position. * Occasional use of computer keyboard and mouse (10-25%). * Occasional climbing of stairs, playground equipment, ladders. May also work on platforms (10-25%). * Occasional operation of vehicles (5-10%). * Occasional pushing and pulling of playground equipment or toys (10-25%). * Environmental exposures: heat, cold, dusts, noise, chemicals, moistness, dryness, bloodborne pathogens, germs; occasional use of gloves and safety glasses. * Employee is regularly required to hear and use clear vision with or without correction. * TRAVEL: Must be able to travel by motor vehicle to required training and development.
WORK ENVIRONMENT & ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high. Preschool Teachers / Lead Teachers may be required to work more than 40 hours a week, often including school activities at night and on weekends. Position is year round.
SAFETY: You are expected to perform your position according to NLCI safety policies and procedures, as well as, federal, state and local regulations. All safety concerns and incidents are to be reported immediately to your direct superior.
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time
- Early Childhood Education: 1 year (Preferred)
- childcare: 1 year (Preferred)
- High school or equivalent (Required)
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Paid time off
- Tuition reimbursement
- Professional development assistance