Employment

      

Support Teacher


Location

Position is located in the Lehigh Valley, PA.


Hours

Up to 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday


Job Description

The Support Teacher is responsible for the planning and implementation of school age and early education programs 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 PA STARS and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Child Care Regulations.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership while establishing effective staff relationships based on mutual respect.
  • Responsible for cooperating with the week's schedule and implementation of lesson plans.
  • Responsible for organization of space into functional areas recognized by children, e.g. blocks, library, dramatic play, etc.
  • 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.
  • 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 daily play 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.
  • Attends workshops and conferences for professional development; completes a CPR course as well as the First Aid course within the first year of employment and as needed thereafter.
  • May be responsible for at least one developmental assessment.
  • 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.
  • May be responsible to hold parent-teacher conferences annually; maintains frequent contact with parents, informing them of their child's progress, activities and behavior.
  • Attends parent meetings and supports extra curricular activities of the center or agency upon request.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Completion of an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the human services field;
    or
  • Completion of an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree; and teaching certificate in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the human services field;
    or
  • Completion of an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university with an Associate's degree or its equivalent in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the human services field; and two years work experience related to the care and development of children;
    or
  • Completion of either 2500 hours experience working with children OR 15 college credits in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or General Education OR CDA.

Requirements

  • Spanish bilingual preferred
  • Maintains appropriate physical and TB testing requirements.
  • 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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