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Lead Teacher

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Date Posted: 02/05/2019
Salary / Wage: 1,125 biweekly
Location: Chenango Valley, New York
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Summary - The Lead Teacher will plan and conduct an appropriate classroom program utilizing the abilities of the Assistant Teacher, parents, volunteers to the fullest extent.  The Head Start program is in keeping with performance standards, good early childhood practices, and the needs of individual children, as well as the group.


Implement developmentally appropriate activities in all eleven Head Start domains according to the individual needs of children as written in daily lesson plans


Complete developmental screenings of each child within 45 days of child's date of entry


Use results of development screenings and input from parent/guardian to begin individualized educational planning process as needed


Manage large and small groups of children as well as meeting children's individual needs


Provide the necessary classroom structure that facilitates maximum child involvement and development


Utilize a team approach with the Assistant Teacher, parents, and other classroom teaching staff (including public school teaching and administrative staff, when applicable)  in the development and implementation of lesson plans and child observation and assessment


Actively participate in children's activities in the classroom and on the playground


Model appropriate behavior, language, and grammar skills for children and parents


Eat breakfast, snacks and lunch with children; encouraging them to engage in conversation and promoting a pleasant atmosphere during meal time.  Use meal periods and information about food as part of the total education plan


Assist children with proper health, nutrition and safety training and encourage self help skills such as eating (serving self), dressing, brushing teeth, toileting, and personal hygiene


Attend monthly parent committee meetings and child/family related meetings (i.e. CPSE, IEP) as required


Schedule and participate in two home visits and two parent/teacher conferences per child per year


Share updated child assessment information with parents three times each year at the parent/teacher conference and final home visit


Work in cooperation with other staff members to transition children and parents in and out of Head Start



Record Keeping and Communication


Maintain records; attendance, accident/incident reports, daily health check, case notes, lesson plans, etc., as required by Head Start and New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)


Input required data in the Teaching Strategies GOLD and COPA data base


Keep ongoing observation records on children's performance and use these anecdotal records in updating child assessments, and in planning individual and group activities and interactions with children


Provide daily plans and guidance for the Assistant Teacher and classroom volunteers


Submit written referrals as needed


Maintain documentation of any special services (speech/OT/PT, etc) given to each child


Maintain a complete up to date file on each child


Document any conversation/interaction with children/families and share relevant information with appropriate Head Start staff on a"need to know basis"


Fulfill role as Mandated Reporter as stated in the Child Abuse and Maltreatment Policy


Check OFB online e-mail account frequently throughout the workweek



Classroom Environment


Assure that children are treated with respect while using positive discipline techniques and setting limits and expectations consistently


Maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment


Maintain an orderly and clean classroom environment; this may include sweeping, mopping,, etc. as necessary


Maintain inventory of classroom supplies and assure materials are in good condition



Professional Development


Maintain a working knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards and adhere to all agency policies and procedures


Participate in all meetings and in-service training


Complete the 30 hours of professional development training each program year as required by Head Start and NYS OCFS





Associate's, Baccalaureate, or advanced degree in early childhood education or in field related to early childhood education - birth-2nd or Newborn-6th; for Universal Pre-Kindergarten must have a Baccalaureate degree and NYS Teacher Certification

At least one year experience working with young children in a classroom setting


At least one year's supervisory experience


Direct experience working with low-income children and families is preferred; ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with staff, families, children, and the public using the phone as well as in face-to-face, one-on-one, and group settings


Certification in First Aid and CPR, and NYS Medication Administration Training certification are requirements of this position.  It is the employees responsibility to keep certification up to date.


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