Lead Teacher

The Goddard School of Deerfield
Job Description
The Goddard School of Deerfield, a premier preschool in the northern suburbs of Chicago, is seeking experienced Lead Preschool Teachers. A lead teacher at The Goddard School is responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment. Additionally, a Lead Teacher is responsible to work together with an assistant teacher and in conjunction with the entire faculty.
General Qualifications:
A Lead Teacher must meet the qualifications of Illinois and the following qualifications:
• the ability to understand and support the education program using “learning through play” philosophy;
• the ability to interact closely with children at their level;
• the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with school personnel, children and parents;
• the ability to handle crisis situations, including assisting in evacuating the building during emergencies; and
• the ability to comply in all respects with all applicable laws and regulations relating to childcare.
Educational Qualifications:
• A Bachelor’s degree or higher (preferred) in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Child Development.
• A Bachelor’s degree or higher (preferred) in a related field, including 18 semester hours of completed coursework related to young children birth to age 8.
Lead Teacher Responsibilities:
A Lead Teacher’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Establish and maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment
• Develop an appropriate classroom management system to support the goals and developmental level of the children in the classroom
• Promote healthy eating practices at lunch and snack times
• Ensure that children are always within state ratio requirements
• Advance children’s physical and intellectual competence
• Adapt program to meet the individual needs of each child
• Create a multi-cultural learning environment
• Provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities to engage children in learning
• Interact with the children to support play, exploration and learning
• Encourage creativity through art, music, dramatic play and blocks
• Support each child’s social and emotional development and provide positive guidance
• Plan and implement activities to develop children’s self-esteem and social skills
• Plan and implement activities to enable children’s feeling of security
• Respect cultural and ethnic diversity
• Establish positive and effective family relations
• Prepare a Daily Activity Report for each child
• Maintain a portfolio for each child
• Assess supplies and materials needed to implement activities
• Build teamwork
• Develop lesson plans
• Perform child observations and document in their portfolios
• Use assessment tools (e.g., Progress Reports, Children’s Progress)
• Pursue professional development/continuing education
• Attend faculty meetings, in-service days, conferences and professional growth opportunities
This Preschool Offers:
• Comprehensive Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
• Personal Time Off (PTO)
• Holiday Pay
• Employee Assistance Program (Free access to confidential counseling services for parenting, senior care, home services, wellness, legal, and financial services)
• Professional Development
• State-of-the-Art Facility
• Child Care Discount
Minimum Qualifications:
Sixty semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of credits from an accredited college or university with six semester or nine quarter hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six.
One year (1560 clock hours) of child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten, or licensed day care center and 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of credits from an accredited college or university with six semester or nine quarter hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six.
Job Type: Full-time
Experience: 1 Year Preferred
Job Type: Full-time & part-time
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