The Lead Teacher has primary responsibility for the overall health and safety of the infants, toddlers/ preschoolers in the program. S/He works as a member of the classroom team in forming trusting relationships with the children and families, developing lesson plans, ongoing assessment, and general classroom management.
S/he works under the direct supervision of the Center Director.
At least 21years of age and have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE); a Bachelor’s degree in ECE or a related field with a minimum of 6 courses in ECE/Child Development (one of which must be Child Growth and Development). Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education is preferred. All hiring is subject to NH Code Administrative Rules and Head Start Performance Standards and mandates for professional accreditation. Must provide proof of current adequate automobile insurance.
In the SNHS, Inc. Child Development program, a teacher should expect to:
- Kneel to address children at eye level.
- Be able to demonstrate motor activities that may include running, hopping, jumping, dancing, and full body motions.
- Be able to run after a child in peril.
- Lift children in emergencies.
- Nurture children who may need consoling in the case of challenging behaviors.
- Get on the ground with children in case of fire and help them crawl to safety.
- Sometimes get kicked or hit accidentally during exuberant play.
- Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment. Develop trusting relationships with the children and families by creating a positive, nurturing environment; encourage the involvement of families and support the development of relationships between children and families.
- Plan and implement learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy, phonemic, and print awareness, their understanding and use of language and increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, their appreciation of books, their understanding of early math and science, their problem solving abilities and their approaches to learning.
- Welcome and support parents as the primary educator of their child; provide opportunities for families to participate in the curriculum outside of the classroom (i.e. home-school connections); encourage family engagement in the classroom and program through volunteering, curriculum development and planning.
- Provide positive guidance for children, following SNHS Child Development Program’s Behavior Management Policy, including PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support).
- Attend not less than 15 clock hours of classroom focused professional development; complete not less than 18 hours of professional development annually to meet NH State Licensing Requirements; participate fully in training opportunities exhibiting professionalism as outlined in program guidelines for professional development.
- Relate professionally and tactfully with all program participants and co-workers; maintain positive interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team. Build partnerships with families within professional boundaries, communicating program policies and procedures.
- Assure completion of teaching responsibilities including:
- Complete developmental and behavioral screenings on each child within 45 days of starting date and continue with on-going assessment procedures throughout enrollment in the program.
- Provide daily classroom activities (both teacher-initiated and child-initiated) geared to meet individual needs and interests of the children.
- Participate in family style meals.
- Participate in two home visits and two center visits with families annually, gathering their goals for children and sharing ongoing observations.
- Maintain required classroom paperwork (i.e. lesson plans, bleach logs, meal tallies and attendance).
- Take part in center team responsibilities including:
- Coordinate with community members to provide onsite field trips.
- Attend parent meeting as scheduled and participate in the presentations of classroom learning centers.
- Share in cleaning responsibilities with all of the team members.
- Take part in all center staff meetings & training as scheduled.
- Take part in LEA meetings as necessary.
- Change diapers when appropriate, maintaining proper hygiene (gloves, hand-washing)
- Maintain current CPR and First Aid Training as assigned.
- Maintain confidentiality as outlined in agency Confidentiality Policy.
- Abide by all SNHS, Inc. policies and procedures.
- Maintain a professional and positive image as a representative of the program at all times.
- Be responsible for having adequate knowledge of all SNHS programs and gather sufficient intake information to make referrals to other SNHS programs beneficial the client, his/her family, or friends.
- Other duties as assigned.
Southern New Hampshire Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer