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- What Success Looks Like In This Job
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We are seeking a caring, organized Teacher to perform a variety of duties involved in planning and implementing instructional and recreational activities appropriate for the needs and skills of the children for the Head Start Program.
- Examples of Duties for Success
- Develop, prepare, and implement daily, weekly and monthly instructional activities in accordance with Head Start Program standards, taking into consideration the needs and skills of the children; participate in curriculum design and application.
- Provide instruction to children involved in various classroom activities including educational programs to develop children's growth in socio-emotional, psychomotor, cognitive/language, health and personal hygiene skills, using DAP activities and best practices.
- Observe, record, and evaluate each child's activity, performance, behavior and development; develop and modify individual education plans; identify and convey individual child behavior problems.
- Adapt and individualize program to meet the needs of each child; coordinate with consultants and attend IEP staffing.
- Support ethnic/racial/cultural diversity in students.
- Implement the nutrition program in the classroom.
- Attend staff meetings, workshops, formal classes, and in-service training classes to continually advance teaching skills and knowledge.
- Screen children in all areas of development (language, hearing, vision, and diagnostic screenings).
- Meet the individual needs of all children in the Head Start Program.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings and program events as requested.
- Ensure that the appearance, cleanliness, and safe environment of classroom is appropriately maintained.
- Direct the activities of other staff in the classroom to ensure the classroom functions in an orderly manner, including completion and monitoring of daily health & safety checklists.
- Physically arrange the classroom into well-defined interest centers.
- Schedule and conduct home visits and parent/teacher conferences with families.
- Prepare various reports and performance appraisals for Assistant Teachers and Classroom Aides.
- Maintain on-going contact with parents; encourage and promote parent involvement; work with parents in developing an understanding of their role as primary educator of their children; encourage parents in the reinforcement and transfer of concepts and behaviors from the school to the home setting; schedule and participate in parent conferences; visit parents; prepare home activities for parents and children.
- Work with parents and local school districts to ensure a smooth transition from Head Start to public school.
- Recruit volunteer parents to assist in the classroom.
- Organize and direct field trips.
- Attend parent meetings as required.
- Assist in all forms of communication with parents.
- Maintain parent board and other bulletin boards.
- Ensure that all classroom/outdoor equipment is in good working condition and is used /maintained properly.
- Ensure the accuracy and completion of daily health checks on all children.
- Ensure the accuracy and completion of Health and Safety Checklists.
- Ensure the accuracy and completion of Record of Meals, meeting SOP timelines.
- Assist children with a family style mealtime and clean up, nuturing social/emotional and self-help development.
- Accept temporary work assignments within Adams County in the event regularly scheduled personnel are not available.
- Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
- Basic principles of child development theory and early childhood education.
- Basic principles and practices of instructional program development.
- Appropriate activities for children of various age and skill levels.
- Principles and procedures of record keeping and report writing.
- Bus transportation for Head Start and School District.
- Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including childcare licensing regulations.
- Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality
- Learn and apply the policies and procedures of the Head Start Program.
- Learn pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
- Learn principles of supervision and training.
- Instruct and supervise children involved in Head Start Program activities.
- Observe, record, and evaluate child activity, performance, behavior, and development.
- Apply appropriate disciplinary action.
- Successfully complete TS GOLD Reliability yearly.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Demonstrate professional and positive attitude and appearance.
- Demonstrate willingness to serve and a passion for exceeding customer service expectations.
- Safely operate an automobile.
- Qualifications for Success
- Experience: Two (2) years experience in early childhood education.
- Education and Training:
- Associate of Arts degree is required, with major course work in early childhood education or a related field.
- Preference given to candidates possessing Bachelor's/Advanced degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field.
- License or Certificate:
- Valid Colorado Drivers License and Proof of vehicle insurance. A Motor Vehicle record check will be conducted.
- Ability to obtain CPR and First Aid Certification.
- Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check, FBI background check, and Central Registry check.
- More Qualifications for Success
- Ability to sit, stand, walk, run, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, and climb.
- Must complete physical examination and TB test upon hire.
- Ability to lift up to 45 pounds.
- Exposure to childhood diseases.