SOUTHERN UTE COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAMS, INC.
JOB TITLE: TEACHER
REPORTS TO: Education Coordinator
SUPERVISES: Generally not a supervisory position
EMPLOYEE STATUS: Regular/Full-time/Hourly
POSITION SUMMARY: To provide a safe, fun and stimulating learning environment for pre-school children ages three to five. Provide experiences which foster the development of positive self-esteem and support children’s individual strengths. Communicate effectively with parents and support family strengths. Team teaches in classroom of 16-20 children
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
These are the most significant performance factors involved with this position and they will be the principal factors on which the employee will be evaluated:
- Expand the child’s ability to learn and grow in his/her environment by doing the following:
- Helping children develop the ability to effectively handle feelings and to get along with others, making it possible for them to cope with present and future circumstances; teach and model pro-social behavior.
- Providing stimulation and developing materials and activities that will promote children’s gross motor, fine motor, sensory development and healthy social-emotional growth.
- Providing adequate experiences for children’s cognitive and language development in preparation for their school and life experience.
- Providing a safe, healthy, and well-managed learning environment so that children will have a comfortable learning and growing experience.
- Providing experiences and giving responses that create an atmosphere of acceptance, support, and encouragement which fosters the development of a positive self-concept and children’s individual strengths.
- Work within the teaching team to create lesson plans using the Creative Curriculum materials, Montessori activities and TLC activities weekly.
- Occasionally a child who has not yet been picked up will remain after program hours. Teachers will follow established steps specified in Authorized Child Pick-up Procedure. PM (afternoon) teachers must remain with the child until he/she has been picked up.
- Apply developmentally appropriate best practice in the classroom.
- Ensure that educational aspects of other Head Start service areas are integrated into daily educational plans (Health, Safety, Mental Health, etc.).
- Provide a balance of staff directed and student directed activities.
- Working as a team with co-teacher, prepare daily, written plans generally following the posted schedule.
- Maintain accurate daily attendance and meal records.
- Develop positive relationships with parents, supporting their strengths and acknowledging the parents’ role as the experts on their child.
- Maintain current and continuous classroom records including, but not limited to: individual child skill mastery, child assessment, anecdotal notes and observations.
- Relate positively with co-teacher and other Center staff to acquire necessary resources, process conflicts and join in common tasks which support the overall Center program.
- Actively continue educational growth through classes, courses and trainings. Continuously pursue a minimum of an AA in Early Childhood Education.
- Attend meetings and trainings required by the Supervisor and participate fully, respectfully and constructively.
- Maintain professional conduct at all times while representing the Center.
- Develop an Individual Education Plan for each child that is based on parent input, results of observations, screening and assessment results.
- Ensure full inclusion of all children with special needs.
- Actively participate in a minimum of three (3) evening Center events.
- Perform a minimum of two home visits and two parent/teacher meetings per each child in the assigned classroom, per year.
- Responsible for tracking and documenting in-kind occurring in program area.
- Responsible for monitoring volunteers assigned to program area.
- Regular, dependable attendance is a critical performance factor to ensure consistent, high quality services to children and families.
- Maintain the highest level of sanitation for your classroom and bathroom following the Center’s Safety & Sanitation Policy.
- Sweep, mop and vacuum floors daily.
- Clean and disinfect bathrooms daily.
- Empty Trash Daily
- Wash windows and walls as needed
- Willingly perform other related duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
- Holds current CDA, AA or BA in Early Childhood or closely related field and Colorado Teacher Certification.
- Must be willing to continue pursuit of higher education in Early Childhood Education
- Two years experience in an early childhood education program required
- Must be able to work cooperatively with co-workers, supervisors, children and parents
- Must pass medical and TB exam; Criminal History and Child Abuse/Neglect background checks
- Must have or obtain current CPR, 1st Aid and Food Handlers certification and thereafter maintain current thereafter
- Must have valid Colorado driver’s license and proof of insurance
- Previous Head Start experience
- Experience working in a multi-cultural setting
- Ability to communicate clearly and accurately, verbally and in writing
- Possesses basic math skills
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times, including the ability to recognize situations in which confidentiality is required
- Ability to establish and maintain effective, supportive and respectful relationships with children, parents, staff, consultants and the public
- Ability to lift a minimum of 30 pounds is required
- Position requires standing, sitting and kneeling
- Work is performed in an educational setting with some exposure to illnesses, stress and frequent interruptions
- The noise level in the environment is moderate
- Frequent communication with employees, children, parents and others on a daily basis, including telephone as well as face to face interaction
CODE OF ETHICS:
Must be willing to accept and adopt the Code of Ethics required of all Head Start/Early Head Start employees.