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Job: Pre-School Teacher

Active since 06-09-2017 Job category Education / Coaching / Trainers
Location Provo(Full-time) Level Entry level / Graduate
Educational level Vocational / Diploma / As... Employment type -
Hours 40 Salary $15.75 to $16.75/hour Depending...
End Date: When Filled

Position starts in August when school begins.
Wages annualized based on hourly rate.
Competitive Benefit Package includes Medical, Vision, Dental, Accident and Critical Illness, 401k, and Life. 


1. Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from a recognized institution
2. Associate’s degree from a recognized institution in a field related to early childhood education as agreed upon by the agency and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education (6 classes relating to Early Childhood Education), with one (1) year experience teaching preschool-age children or preschool labwork leading to an ECE degree from a recognized institution.
3. Must have a valid First Aid and CPR certification or be willing to obtain them.
4. Must obtain Food Handler Certificate upon hire if not currently certified.
5. Official or unofficial transcript which shows the award or confer date of the degree must be attached to the employment


1. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from a recognized institution
2. Bachelor’s or advanced degree from a recognized institution in a related field or any field, as agreed upon by the agency and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education (6 classes relating to ECE).
 Official or unofficial transcript which shows the award or confer date of the degree must be attached to the employment application.
 One-year experience working with preschool children in an Early Childhood Education setting or preschool labwork leading to an ECE degree from a recognized institution.
 Bilingual Spanish-speaking is desirable.

Position is 178-180 days; a typical work week is Monday - Friday with a minimum expectation of 40 hours per week (part-time is a minimum expectation of no more than 28 hours per week). Some evening work is required to attend scheduled parent meetings and parent teacher conferences. Requires use of own vehicle to conduct business.


Responsible for instruction, supervision, and provision of appropriate learning activities of all enrolled children in assigned classroom(s). Delivers comprehensive educational services to all Head Start children, including those with Individualized Education Plans (IEP), behavioral support or health plans and English language learners, helping children develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a developmentally appropriate manner, toward the overall goal of social competence and school readiness, as outlined in the Head Start Performance Standards, the 2007 Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act and Mountainland Head Start, Inc.’s policies and procedures. Ensures services support the agency’s school readiness plan. Functionally supervises Assistant Teacher and Classroom Aide. Also supervises the Bus Monitor if classroom provides transportation and Custodian if acting in the capacity of site liaison.
1. Plans curriculum and instruction in collaboration with other classroom staff using the Creative Curriculum 5th Edition, input from parents and other resources which align with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, the Utah State Early Childhood Core Standards, and the requirements and expectations of schools, individualizing for children and addressing key elements of school readiness.
 Enhances and promotes the children’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development through use of adopted curricula.
 Adheres to Head Start Performance Standards and Developmentally Appropriate Practices.
 Ensures that health, nutrition, and safety procedures are properly taught and practiced.
 Occasionally plans and oversees appropriate and pre-approved curriculum extension trips for all children.
2. Plans and provides learning experiences that advance the social/emotional, intellectual and physical development and health of children, including improving the readiness of children for school by implementing activities that promote the development of their literacy, phonemic, and print awareness skills, their understanding and use of language, their understanding and use of increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, their
appreciation for books, their understanding of early math and early science, their problem-solving abilities, and their approaches to learning.
 Eats meals with the children and other staff, offering meals family style, where child-size portions are served. Assures that eating times are learning and social experiences for the children and that food is never used as a punishment or a reward.
 Provides adequate indoor and outdoor materials, equipment, instruction and time for children to use large and small muscles.
 Provides materials, time and instruction to give children opportunities to engage in activities in all learning domains, including science, dramatic play, art, music, math, language and literacy in hands-on, developmentally appropriate ways.
3. Adjusts curriculum and daily programming to meet the needs of individual children including those with IEPs, behavioral support or health plans, and English language learners, taking into account their interests, abilities, cultures, special talents, and individual style and pace of learning.
 Engages in Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment continually and tracks the children’s ongoing progress through observation, documentation, developmental checklists, assessment data, and parent reports. Finalizes assessments three (3) times a year.
 Uses results of the children's assessments to help individualize instruction.
 Continually updates each child’s developmental progress and shares outcomes with parents at home visits (2x/year) and Parent Teacher Conferences (2x/year) during the school year, as prescribed by the Head Start Performance Standards.
 Collaborates with speech therapists and other professionals visiting the classroom to work with individual children and, with other center staff; ensures they have the space needed to work with children.
 Keeps accurate, on-going and up-to-date records on each child.
 Follow up on reasons for absences for children.
4. Implements MHS’s guidelines for interacting with children:
 Maintains a positive classroom climate in which they demonstrate a genuine interest in children and treat each child with respect.
 Enforces limits which the teachers and children have established as behavioral guidelines.
 Uses positive guidance techniques while interacting with children.
5. Understands how teacher-child interactions in the classroom affect student learning and classroom quality.
 Meets with The Child Development Specialist after class observations to review the Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™) results to obtain feedback relevant to establishing and maintaining an optimal learning environment and high-quality classroom interactions, and adjusts interactions if needed.
6. Encourages parent engagement and participation in the classroom, in the development of studies, class activities, curriculum extender trips, menus, etc.
 Displays daily schedule in order to involve parents and other classroom volunteers.
 Recruits and trains parent volunteers to help in the classroom, maintaining the required ratio of adults to children, and promoting parent volunteerism.
 Promotes communication with parents by providing a monthly newsletter and calendar.
 Maintains a classroom parent information bulletin board.
 Attends monthly parent meetings as needed, acting as a resource to parents.
 Encourages the involvement of the families of the children in the program and supports the development of relationships between children and their families.
7. Provides leadership to all classroom staff as their supervisor, including Assistant Teacher, Classroom Aide, Bus Monitor, if center provides transportation services, substitutes and classroom volunteers.
 Ensures all Head Start policies and procedures are being implemented by the center staff.
 Gives at least one annual evaluation to all supervised staff.
 Assists Child Development supervisors in providing pertinent training to improve competence and professional development.
 Maintains communication with the administrative office on behalf of classroom staff by checking daily for information, direction or materials and sharing information with staff.
 Keeps an accurate record of the classroom supply budget and monitors all expenditures from that budget. Always makes sure purchases are pre-authorized and allowable.
8. Promptly prepares and/or submits required agency-wide paperwork:
 Prepares daily activity plans and in cooperation with the assistant teacher and classroom aide, completing all required fields.
 Assures daily child and staff attendance and lunch count records are accurate.
 Follows all other CACFP rules and regulations particularly pertaining to point of service meal counts.
 Assures volunteer sheets are properly signed by classroom volunteers and submitted to the Child Development Specialist on a monthly basis. Ensures parents log on to Help Counter when volunteering in the classroom.
 Assures all health and nutrition records are submitted as instructed.
 Participates in the formulation of GAIN meeting.
9. Demonstrates understanding of the child abuse/neglect laws. Reports suspected child abuse to the Family & Community Services Director. Attends child abuse training.
10. Conducts required classroom staff meetings.
 Ensures that classroom staff functions as an integral and supportive team and works closely with other service areas to accomplish all tasks.
 Ensures all Head Start Performance Standards and agency policies and procedures are being implemented by the classroom staff on an ongoing basis.
 Ensures children with special meal plans and medical considerations receive accommodations.
 If center provides transportation, ensures the safe transport of the children and mentors bus monitor to make the bus activities an extension of the classroom.
11. Assures daily classroom and playground janitorial duties are performed in a prompt and efficient manner and that safe environments are maintained indoors and outdoors throughout the day as required the Head Start Performance Standards.
 Reports facility or playground repair or maintenance needs to the Maintenance and Transportation Specialist or on the School Dude system, in a timely manner.
12. Attends not less than 15 hours of professional development per year. Chooses professional development that is of high-quality, sustained, intensive, and classroom-focused in order to have a positive and lasting impact on classroom instruction and the performance in the classroom.
13. Takes an active role in monthly GAIN meetings and functions as an integral and supportive team member of the center Head Start staff and works closely with Family Advocates to better meet the needs of children and families.
14. Collaborates with other service areas to ensure seamless services to children and families and ensures we are staying true to our mission and vision. Attends and participates in staff and parent training sessions, as directed (i.e. pre-service, orientations, GAIN meetings, in-service training meetings and other agency activities), as required.
15. Supports the achievement of in-kind funding goals by actively participating in the solicitation of in-kind services and donations to the Head Start program including, but not limited to, tracking parent participation, encouraging community members and organizational contacts to volunteer, provide donations of professional services, supplies, and anything else needed to support the Head Start program.
16. Other job-related duties as assigned may be necessary to carry out the responsibilities of this position.
*If designated as the center liaison, has the following additional responsibilities:
(*Teacher liaison will receive a stipend at the end of each year with the amount determined by size of center.)
17. Maintains and coordinates communication between employees and administrative office.
 Directs monthly center staff meetings.
 Acts as the point of contact for the administrative office and ensures information received is disseminated to all center staff.
 Maintains contact and open communication with the building landlord and principal, as applicable.
 Checks e-mail and forwards applicable e-mail to other staff, as needed.
 Approves work orders.
18. Coordinates transportation services if applicable.
 Directs or delegates the bus loading and unloading procedures to ensure smooth transitions and the safety of each child.
19. Implements center operating procedures.
 Organizes and assigns daily cleaning of building common areas (bathrooms, office, storage, etc.)
 Organizes and assigns weekly cleaning of outside play areas.
 Organizes and assigns weekly safety checks of buildings and play areas to ensure safety.
 Supervises center custodian and ensures that tasks on the daily cleaning checklists are performed or acts as point of contract for center staff and passes on information to Facilities & Transportation Services Manager.
 Evaluates and communicates work orders to maintenance needs to Maintenance and Transportation Specialist.
 Evaluates center supplies and equipment needs and completes order forms. Coordinates the distribution of supplies in collaboration with the cook, curriculum materials and equipment.
 Develops an emergency preparedness plan with center staff. Coordinates fire and lockdown drills.
20. Coordinate daily security responsibilities for the center building(s).
 Ensures or delegates that lights, windows, and locks are checked at the end of the school day.
 Reports security concerns or property damage to Facility and Transportation Manager.

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This listing is a full-time job

Job category Education / Coaching / Trainers
Industry / Industries Education / Training
Region United States
Keywords Educator, Teacher, Preschool, Head Teacher, Lead Teacher

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Name Matthew Jensen