Head Start Teacher (#178628)
BASIC FUNCTION/NATURE OF WORK: To provide individual, small group and large group instruction to students based on children's individual developmental level. To work in collaboration with parents to assist children in reaching their full potential. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES/ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK: • Work collaboratively with all stakeholders in providing a World-Class Education. • Plan, schedule, implement, and supervise the daily program, which emphasizes appropriate developmental experiences for preschool children. • Maintain a physical environment conducive to children's growth and development and arranged to promote child directed activities. • Supervise the outdoor and indoor play areas in such a way that children's safety can be easily monitored and ensured. • Consider and provide for the needs of the individual child in relationship to his cultural and socio economic background, emotional or physical disabilities and individual style and pace of learning. • Help children learn to adapt to, and cope with, real life situations. Assist children with proper health training and self help activities, such as eating, dressing and personal hygiene. Work with, and refer to the appropriate specialist, children with unmet special needs, physical or emotional problems, as well as families with problems that affect the child in the Center. • Make daily observations of the general physical health of children, reporting conditions which require attention; administer first aid treatment when necessary. • Make regular home visits, hold parent teacher conferences and maintain open communication with parents. Seek to involve parents in the child development program by encouraging their participation in the classroom, attending parent meetings and community activities. • Maintain attendance records and ongoing assessment on the emotional, physical, intellectual and social development of children. • Supervise and encourage the personal development of assistant teachers, aides, volunteers and other child care personnel participating in the classroom activities. • Coordinate daily plans with the assistant and encourage team teaching and the sharing of ideas and skills. • Participate in staff meetings, training sessions, conferences, workshops and other career development, educational training and professional activities. • Assure that equipment and materials are accessible, appropriate and in good condition. Report any unsafe conditions to the Administrative Coordinator and the building principal. • Participate in the recruitment, screening and enrollment of all eligible children. • Maintain an inventory of classroom materials and participate in the ordering of appropriate classroom supplies and equipment. • Know and implement ACF guidelines, performance standards and component plans; assist other staff members in implementing these standards. • Eat breakfast and lunch with children. Encourage children to engage in conversation and promote a pleasant atmosphere during mealtime. Use meal periods and food as an integral part of the total education program. • Assist in planning and coordinating field trips that relate to and extend educational experiences. • Prepare and submit written reports as assigned.