The Lead Teacher is responsible for the daily classroom operations, including planning and carrying out activities, maintaining a classroom environment that supports the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional needs of program participants. The Lead Teacher coordinates the work of Assistant Teachers, Classroom Aides, and Classroom Volunteers. The Lead Teacher is responsible for developing and documenting individual education plans for students, performing and documenting screenings and assessments.
Ensures classroom interactions, environment and activities align with the guidelines and directives of the PHMC Head Start Partnership regarding educational programming, curriculum, program planning, development, and training.
Completes reports related to provision of educational services. This includes attendance, timeliness of screenings, assessments and ensuring successful referrals to family services.
Consistently and accurately enters program performance data in data repositories.
Coordinates the provision of family services with the assigned Family Services Specialist.
Schedules parent-teacher conferences for prospective and current Head Start parents.
Accompanies Family Services Specialists on home visits and parent meetings.
Monitors classroom enrollment and attendance trends at assigned locations.
Ensures that classrooms and playgrounds are well-equipped.
Implements Kindergarten transition activities.
Maintains program compliance with Head Start education requirements and standards, as well as, all laws and regulations applicable to the operation of comprehensive early childhood programs.
Participates in continuing professional development as part of the commitment to excellence.
Supervises Classroom Volunteers and Student Teachers as necessary.
This job includes the normal physical demands associated with office work including bending, lifting, and carrying. Must be able to lift children up to 50 pounds. Must be able to walk, bend, stand, squat or sit on the floor with children throughout an 8 hour day.
Must be able to engage with children throughout the day including outdoor time which may result in varying temperatures or humidity levels.
Must be able to travel to various locations for field trips, outings, and activities.
Ability to pass a health examination and criminal background check. Ability to work effectively with minimal daily guidance. Knowledge of community resources. Successful experience working in a team setting. Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community.
Knowledge of DHS regulations, Keystone STARS, and PA Learning Standards is required.
Basic computer skills required such as data entry, Microsoft Word, and the ability to download photos for classroom projects and activities.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Early Childhood Education or a bachelor’s or advanced degree in any related subject, and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool-age children.
Alternatively, a qualified candidate will have one of the following:
An associate early childhood education
An associate degree in a field related to early childhood education and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching preschool-age children;
A bachelor degree in any field and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America’s professional staff