RESPONSIBILITIES: Under general supervision of the Executive Director, the Lead Preschool Teacher will have specific responsibilities, but may not be limited to.
Plan, create and implement a dynamic daily program for preschool age children.
Plan and detail environments and lessons that reflect developmentally appropriate skills, concepts and activities.
Create warm, engaged and productive classroom environment for children and adults.
Provide strong language models and many opportunities for children to develop language.
Facilitate instruction in Somali and English.
Implement and develop an inclusive and culturally representative environment for the children.
Complete individual child developmental screenings and individual learning plans and make appropriate referrals when necessary.
Shows a commitment to professional development and engages in ongoing learning with meaningful activities leading to growth.
Involve parents in the classroom in meaningful ways which demonstrates the belief that parents are the principal influence on their child’s education and development.
Assist in ensuring parent involvement and/or awareness in program planning through regular open communications, center parent meetings, parent newsletters, parent conferences and home visits.
Advocate for parents in accessing needed resources and support services.
Offer family support through conducting meaningful home visits and on-site conferences to the families of children in the classroom.
Build strong partnerships within the community with the aim of assisting families and strengthening the Head Start program.
Accurately complete assigned classroom records in a timely manner. This includes but is not limited to attendance, meal counts, safety checklists, petty cash submission, medication documentation, staff and volunteer time sheets.
Ensure that confidentiality is kept for all child and family records and information.
Ensure all required child observations are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Comply with required documentation responsibilities for both the classroom functioning and for individual children. This includes but is not limited to lesson plans, home visit/conference documentation and Individual Learning Plans.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Minimum requirements include at least 2 years’ relevant experience. An AA in ECE or CDA, ECE required. Additional expectations include:
Bi-lingual ability Somali and English
Ability to communicate effectively and relate sensitively to adults and children from diverse ethnic and socio-economic groups
Proficiency in oral and written English language
Proficiency with computer software like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teaching Strategies Gold (not required but preferred)