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Early Learning Center Certified Pre-K Teacher

Posted: 09/21/2021

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Maintain a neat, clean, classroom environment and a professional personal appearance.
• Build positive relationships with students, staff, and parents. Create and foster a positive learning environment.
• Actively participate in regular professional development activities, both internal and external, such as regular classroom observations, reflective discussion of professional practice, professional readings, visiting other classrooms and schools to observe colleagues, attending conferences, and offering training or workshops in areas of expertise.
• Take part in a collaborative professional team environment, working with other teachers and administrators to develop, implement, and refine instructional practices.
• Implement the approved and researched based Creative Curriculum with fidelity.
• Follow the Creative Curriculum and developmentally appropriate practices.  Develop and implement lesson plans in conjunction with the Assistant Teacher.
• Plan a program of study that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of students. Employ a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media, consistent with the physical limitations of the location provided and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved. Confer with and seek the assistance of school administrators regarding possible interventions for struggling students.
• Administer the ADQ-3 and ASQ-SE screenings within the first 30 days of a child entering the classroom. Maintains GOLD Assessment reliability. Put daily observations in the GOLD Assessment. Maintain accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, school policy, and administrative regulation.
• Implements Conscious Discipline Curriculum with fidelity.
• Report pertinent behavior to the Early Learning Director immediately.
• Participate in the discussion of special needs of individual children with teaching staff supervisors, specialists, and parents. Provide necessary documentation for referring children.
• Conducts a minimum of two (2) parent/teacher conferences annually.   Explain and promote parent involvement through participation and activities.
• Make provisions for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested to do so under reasonable terms.
• Prepare and help maintain the center for licensing and accreditation requirements.
• Implement the approved and researched based Creative Curriculum with fidelity.
• Follows mandated reporting requirements.
• Maintain accurate attendance and meal records.
• Practice family-style serving with students daily.

QUALIFICATION AND TRAITS

Required Qualifications:
• Must have a bachelor’s degree and appropriate Missouri Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Special Education.
• Must pass an extensive background check.

The ideal teacher will have:
• Experience in teaching early childhood/elementary grades.
• Excellent organization skills and the ability to coordinate multiple tasks and activities.
• Excellent interpersonal skills as well as a desire to collaborate with various stakeholders to help develop a strong school community.
• The desire to continue professional development. Openness and willingness to receive feedback and coaching instruction.
• Excellent work ethic, positive attitude, flexibility, and willingness to perform tasks as assigned.
• Relentless determination to do whatever it takes to help students succeed.
• Displays ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students and teachers in the school environment and community.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access, and Outlook.

Physical Requirements:
• Be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
• Excessive climbing, walking, bending, stretching, and sitting on the floor with children.
• Exposure to childhood illnesses and diseases.
• Exposure to varying outside temperatures (heat and cold).
 
Upper Room must stress the importance of all staff taking necessary precautions while working with students and others as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.  Therefore, all Upper Room staff must be vaccinated unless a) they present a physician’s note stating the employee is unable to receive the vaccine and b) submit weekly COVID-19 tests indicating a “negative” result. Costs for any COVID-19 testing will be the sole responsibility of the employee. Additionally, weekly testing will need to take place outside of an employee’s normal working hours to ensure minimal disruption in staffing.

Swope Corridor Renaissance/Upper Room Inc.
Robin Winfrey