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Lead Teacher


Location

Multiple positions available in Allentown, PA and Bethlehem, PA


Hours

Full-time and part-time available, Monday-Friday


Job Description

The Lead Teacher is responsible for the planning and implementation of a day care program for children, in a manner that contributes to their growth and development and is consistent with the goals and philosophy of Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers, following program policies in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Child Care Regulations and Keystone STARS Regulations.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership while establishing effective staff relationships based on mutual respect.
  • Responsible for training and development of teaching staff through weekly planning and evaluation meetings which provide an opportunity for all staff to cooperatively plan the week's schedule, ensuring the posting and implementation of lesson plans.
  • Responsible for organization of space into functional areas recognized by children, e.g. blocks, library, dramatic play, etc.
  • Works with the Center Director in assessing the staff and program goals and implementing the resulting recommendations.
  • Meets regularly with Center Director for review of program and staff.
  • Supervises, directs and is involved with small and large groups of children in both planned and spontaneous activities.
  • Responsible for the organization of the classroom so that it is possible for the children to develop confidence, independence, and responsibility.
  • Provide discipline which is positive, consistent, and based upon expectations which are clearly defined and geared to appropriate developmental levels and individual needs.
  • Responsible for the overall planning of program activities and the development of an individualized program for each child based on Koontz, ERIN or School Age developmental assessment.
  • Responsible for assessing and recording children's progress through six month summaries, anecdotal records and child staffing.
  • Actively participates in daily classroom maintenance.
  • Maintains high standards of professional ethics and confidentiality in regard to children, staff and parents.
  • Works with any child needing special attention in conjunction with other staff and consultants as needed.
  • Supports person (staff, volunteers, etc.) who is leading group activities by attending to needs of non-participants.
  • Works in conjunction with other staff in preparation of materials and cleanup of the room for daily activities.
  • Cooperates and is flexible to ensure that center coverage is adequate and reflects changing needs of families served.
  • Encourages language development by helping to create an atmosphere in which child is listened to as well as talked with.
  • Stimulates intellectual development by encouraging opportunities for language experiences, creative expression, stimulation of curiosity, problem solving, development of concepts, and other appropriate developmental levels.
  • Encourages emotional development by offering opportunities for children to build a positive self concept in a secure, comfortable atmosphere in which there are appropriate success experiences.
  • Encourages physical development by offering opportunities for development of gross and fine motor skills at the appropriate developmental levels.
  • Encourages social development by offering positive guidance in an atmosphere in which the child can grow as an individual.
  • Attends to physical and hygienic needs of the child including providing a pleasant daily rest time.
  • Responsible for carrying out Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers health and safety policies and procedures, including monitoring children, activities, equipment and environment for safety.
  • Models good health habits; complies with Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers dress code.
  • Promotes good eating habits by conversing with the children while sitting at the children's tables during snack and meal times, eating with the children whenever possible following agency meal guidelines.
  • Evaluates teaching staff (in conjunction with Center Director) at the end of the six month probationary period and annually thereafter.
  • Attends workshops and conferences for professional development; completes a CPR course as well as the Management of Minor Illnesses and
  • Emergencies course within the first year of employment.
  • Encourages and facilitates communication and cooperation between family and center: maintains frequent contact with parents informing them of the child's progress, activities and behaviors.
  • Holds parent-teacher conferences semi-annually; maintains frequent contact with parents, informing them of their child's progress, activities and behavior.
  • Available for pre-placement interviews at the request of the Center Director.
  • Attends parent meetings and supports extra curricular activities of the center or agency upon request.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
    OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Special Education or other related field, PLUS 30 credit hours in Early Childhood Education classes.
  • 1250 hours documented experience working with young children.
  • Maintains appropriate physical & TB testing requirements.
  • Spanish bilingual a plus
  • Able to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Able to stand for long period of time.
  • Able to sit for long periods of time.
  • Able to bend down.

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