Plans and implements the daily curriculum for children in the classroom. Oversees and coordinates the children’s personal care, hygiene, learning activities, specialized programs and positive guidance. Maintains classroom records and developmental checklist. Ensures that classroom and other play areas are consistently clean and safe. Follows and exceeds all Texas Rising Star (TRS) guidelines and recommendations. Informs parents of their children’s progress on a daily basis. Supervises and directs activities of assistant teacher assigned to the classroom. Keeps director informed on a timely basis of pertinent issues regarding staff, children, families, and the program.
Hours: 8:00 – 5:00 or 2:30 – 6:30, Monday through Friday
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Education and Curriculum
• Plans and implements Frog Street Press curriculum activities and lesson plans that promote children’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Implements program schedule for the classroom, outdoor time, meals, snacks, and special activities.
• Uses positive guidance techniques consistent with state regulations, counsels children when social, academic or adjustment problems arise.
• Keeps accurate and current records of each child’s developmental milestones, student accidents, anecdotal records, and attendance.
• Establishes developmentally appropriate room arrangement, décor, and learning environment in the classroom.
• Plans formal and informal parent conferences with director’s guidance.
• Provides written communication to parents via Toddler Times and daily sheets. Ensures that daily list of activities is posted for parents. Maintains classroom bulletin boards.
• Has strong working knowledge of Texas Minimum Standards as they pertain to center operations.
Interactions with Parents, Staff, and Director
• Meets with prospective families and communicates appropriately with potential new customers.
• Supervises specific classroom’s assistant teacher in all aspects of their position; mentors assistant teacher to develop the required skills and expertise needed to ensure classroom curriculum is implemented and an appropriate classroom environment is maintained.
• Assists in training new staff and familiarizing them with program practices, forms, and schedules.
• Establishes and maintains primary caregiver groups.
• Observes, records, and reports to director any significant behavior of children or staff that could adversely affect the quality of care provided.
• Actively participates in center events, staff training sessions, meetings, and programs.
• Immediately notifies director of needed repairs to the building, play area, equipment or toys throughout the facility. Ensures that children are not exposed to equipment or situations that could affect their health or safety.
• Accepts temporary work assignments in the event regularly scheduled staff is not available, such as answering the phones, assisting in management of program.
Health and Safety
• Implements appropriate emergency procedures in the event of fire, tornado, chemical leak, or other emergency situations.
• Administers CPR/First Aid or other appropriate emergency procedures in the event of serious student accidents or emergencies
• Properly maintains educational materials and equipment; ensures that children are using equipment in an appropriate manner.
• Keeps classroom and other play areas safe, neat, and clean.
• Follows all protocols set forth by the CDC for Covid-19
The lead teacher must meet or exceed state licensing requirements for age, education, and experience. Must have at least 2 years experience working in early education. A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, or a CDA is preferred.
Must be able to repeatedly bend, stoop and run; must repeatedly lift and carry children. Must be able to effectively interact and communicate with children and parents.
The lead teacher must maintain at least 30 hours of training each year.
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