The Head Teacher is responsible for the overall function of the classroom, and will prepare a developmentally appropriate classroom in accordance with the philosophy, policies, and procedures of The Beverly Levy Early Learning Center. The Head Teacher is responsible for maintaining a positive, safe and appropriate educational environment, and for creating a program that meets the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of all of the children, while recognizing that the primary goal of The Beverly Levy Early Learning Center is to prepare the children for lifelong success by helping them develop a positive feeling about learning and attending school.
- Understands and supports the regulations governing the operation of a child learning center under which the program is licensed by the OEC and the State of CT. Assures accurate records, information and administrative records are maintained as required by the State, including attendance, medication authorizations, emergency forms, etc.
- Assures classroom ratios are always in compliance with guidelines imposed by the CT OEC licensing and makes necessary accommodations as needed. The Head Teacher will never put the children or The Beverly Levy Early Learning Center at risk by not doing so.
- Understanding and committing to practice the philosophy and the guidelines set forth by the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and demonstrates professionalism at all times.
- Responsible for the supervision of the teaching team, including substitutes and afternoon aides. Mentors and supports teammates as needed.
- Maintains a professional demeanor and appearance, and represents a positive public image of the JCC and The Beverly Levy Early learning Center.
- Follows all rules and regulations as outlined in the JCC Employee Handbook and The Beverly Levy Early Learning Center handbook addendum.
- Is a positive role model for co-workers, parents and children. Ensures all interactions are positive and constructive.
- In cooperation with other team members, the Head Teacher will establish and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for children, teachers, and parents.
- Creates an organized and warm tone in the class that is responsive to all children, teachers and parents.
- Organizes and maintains the classroom environment to support the program goals. Ensures the classroom curriculum is well balanced and developmentally appropriate. The curriculum should include areas for language development, science, math, music, art, fine/gross motor skills, and age-appropriate Judaic curriculum and culture.
- Provides center materials that are reflective of The Beverly Levy ELC philosophy.
- Keeps the classroom organized, clean and appealing, including the changing of the materials on the bulletin boards on a regular basis.
- Observes and documents the kids and reports to the Director information pertaining to any unusual or special needs, circumstances, or situations within the class.
- Write newsletters to parents to inform them of classroom activities and happenings. (Infant/Toddler teachers write daily notes)
- Notifies the Director, with advance notice, of needed supplies and materials.
- Assesses and supports children’s cognitive, social-emotional, language and physical development on an ongoing basis.
- Conducts weekly meetings with co-teachers for the purposes of, including but not limited to, curriculum planning, student observations, and communication between teachers.
- Works closely with families to encourage mutual cooperation.
- Serves as one of the center’s contact persons for parents.
- Prepares and conducts semi-annual conferences with parents or as needed.
- Signs in and out daily on classroom attendance.
- Ensures that parents and co-teachers are signing in/out daily.
- Responsible for preparing, practicing and documenting fire drills and other emergency evacuation procedures.
- Responsible for staff scheduling changes.
- Responsible for securing subs for vacation and time off.
- Responsible for working with co-workers to secure subs for middle shifts as necessary.
- Responsible for assisting in children’s regularly scheduled swim program (3’&4’s).
- Assist other JCC staff in coordinating drop-off and pick-up of children to enrichment classes such as swim, dance, music and Little Scientists, etc.
- Pursues knowledge of current best practices in early childhood education
- Assures all children are being treated in a positive and respectful manner and immediately reports anything otherwise to the Director
- Acts as a mediator if issues arise among the classroom staff. If a resolution cannot be reached, the Director should be notified.
- Attends monthly Head Teacher meetings.
- Attends staff meetings.
- Attends all Beverly Levy ELC Open Houses.
- Shows willingness to assist in other classrooms if needed.
- Visits other Early Learning programs for continued professional development.
- Annual self-evaluation followed by meeting with the Director to review.
- Maintains child/infant First Aid, CPR, medication & injectable training, mandated reporter training, and any other training as required by State of Connecticut OEC.
- Attends the annual Beverly Levy ELC in-house professional development day.
- Attends at least one additional professional development workshop with approval of the Director.
- Must be able to engage in a full range of motion - standing and walking for extended periods, bending, pushing, pulling, squatting, climbing, running, and getting up and down from the floor with ease with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Must be able to meet the physical needs of the children that may include lifting up to 50 pounds or provide reasonable accommodations.
- Must be able to supervise and interact with children outdoors for extended periods in variable weather conditions.
- Ensure the health, safety and well-being of children by providing close supervision of children during all activities by both sight and sound.
- Must be able and willing to perform diaper changes if needed.
- Must have reliable and dependable transportation.
- Associates or BA degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development Associate.
- Minimum of at least one year of experience working with age level.
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Submit resume and cover letter to:
Marlyn Henry, HR Director