Reports To: Director
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Summary: Responsible for planning and implementing daily classroom lesson plans and ensuring the health and safety of children in the classroom in partnership with the assistant teacher by performing the following duties:
Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Assists in coordinating developmentally-appropriate curriculum schedules and maintains requirements for licensing and YoungStar accreditation.*
- Greets children and parents or guardians in an enthusiastic manner each day.*
- Assists in monitoring and observing the daily operation of the classroom for safety, positive interaction, and productive educational activity.*
- Oversees and facilitates the general safety of the classroom environment and its activities to include outside play.*
- Promotes and fosters each child’s positive self-esteem and individual development toward his/her fullest potential in the areas of physical, social, emotional, approaches to learning, language, communication, and cognitive growth.*
- Monitors talents, special abilities, disabilities, deficiencies, or problems of each individual child, documents issues/concerns as needed in log book, and notifies management.*
- Addresses, monitors, and documents issues, concerns, and problems of each individual child and discusses with assistant teacher/management.*
- Develops and maintains a positive and confidential relationship with the parents of every child, including thorough communication about the program and each child’s progress.*
- Encourages parent interest and involvement in the program and seeks a partnership with parents.*
- Maintains confidentiality at all times both within and outside the center.*
- Applies knowledge of sound early childhood education, development concepts, and principles within the goals and philosophy of the school.*
- Mentors new employees to classroom routines.*
- Adheres to all established policies, procedures, and code of ethics.*
- Participates in required training programs, conferences, courses, or other aspects of professional growth.*
- Attends staff meetings as required.*
- Performs all assistant teacher responsibilities.*
- Reports any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate party for follow-through.*
- Assists lead teacher with the planning and preparation of developmentally appropriate lesson plans on a weekly basis.*
- Interacts with children through instructional methods to include play, music, arts and crafts, literacy, writing, technology, and physical activities.*
- Assists children when necessary to enhance learning skills and complete projects.*
- Establishes and maintains positive interpersonal relationships with all children, parents/guardians, and fellow staff.*
- Assists children with general hygiene practices including bathroom and cleanliness needs.*
- Shares pertinent information, suggestions, or ideas with management and co-workers on a regular basis.*
- Documents daily activities of children on appropriate paperwork.*
- Performs daily general cleaning duties.*
- Maintains equipment and materials in a safe and efficient manner.*
- Maintains classroom and storage areas in a neat and orderly manner.*
- Teaches according to center methods.*
- Offers appropriate support to students through a positive attitude.*
- Alerts management to any programming concerns and discusses suggested program changes.*
- Maintains appropriate noise levels.*
- Performs any other job duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Paychex Flex, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Safari.
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in early childhood education.
Level 2 on the registry
Certificates and Licenses:
- Must meet YoungStar and State requirements, and abide by the guidelines set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families - Division of Early Care Education.
- CPR Certification
- First Aid Training
- AED Training
- Active Shooter Training
- Shaken Baby Syndrome Training
- Maintains 25 hours for full-time, or 15 hours for part-time, of continuing education credits on an annual basis
Knowledge, Skills, and Other Abilities:
- Oral communications skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Family and child relations skills
- Ability to be sensitive
- Ability to be diplomatic
- Negotiation skills
- Organizational skills
- Planning skills
- Time management skills
- Ability to perform tasks related to the physical care of children
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, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear, and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus, and ability to see color.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 exposed to outdoor weather conditions and children’s bites. The employee is frequently exposed to blood borne pathogens, urine, and bowel movements. The employee is occasionally exposed to bee stings.
The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.