Position: 3 & 4 Year Old Preschool Teacher

FSLA: Non-Exempt

Department: K-M Community Education

Salary Schedule: Hourly (36 hrs/wk)

Reports to: Coordinator of School Readiness & Director of Community Education

Support Staff

 

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job. 

 

OVERALL OBJECTIVE AND SUMMARY 

Under the direction of the Coordinator of School Readiness and the Director of Community Education the KoMet Kids Lead Teacher will provide supervision, care, and learning activities to preschool-age children (ages 3-4) in a classroom environment; assist in the preparation of instructional materials and the development and implementation of lesson plans, and perform clerical duties in support of classroom functions. 

 

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS 

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Provide an age appropriate learning environment that allows for individual differences and respect for the dignity and worth of each student; promote and encourage a positive and nurturing learning environment. 

  • Greets children and parents at drop off and pick up times. 

  • Utilize the Big Day for PreK Curriculum & Second Step Curriculum to guide the creation of and improvement of the learning environment. 

  • Establish and maintain an attractive, clean, safe, and functional classroom. 

  • Create, organize and maintain instructional supplies, materials, and equipment. 

  • Plan and prepare lessons; identify and select instructional support material; provide instruction to students. 

  • Plan, train, assign, and direct the work of instructional support staff and volunteers or parents; review work practices. 

  • Establish standards of student performance; prepare assessments; monitor student progress. 

  • Prepare CORE Advantage progress reports for at least two parent conference meetings each year and a final summary report for parents. Communicate with parents and students regarding the educational and social progress of students; identify areas for improvement and suggest strategies that will help support learning and growth. Make in-person, in writing and telephone contacts with parents. 

  • Assist specialist in the identification, assessment, and resolution of special student challenges; participate in I.E.P. and Student Team meetings, as appropriate. 

  • Assist with the maintenance of children’s records and Big Day for PreK social emotional data assessment tracking profile. 

  • Identify student needs and provide appropriate instructional activities.

  • Develop goals, prepare and implement specific objectives for students based on the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress and according to the Community Education and District policies. 

  • Participate and help arrange screenings by partner agencies for preschool students in conjunction with the School Readiness staff. 

  • Supervise students; follow and support all regulations, District and school rules, regulations, policies and procedures; recommend behavior plans and disciplinary actions, as necessary.

  • Participate in professional group meetings (PLC’s); stay abreast of changes in early childhood research and new developments related to teaching techniques. 

  • Refer children and families to school or other community agencies as needed. Assist in community and school outreach activities. Attend inservices, faculty meetings, related agency meetings and required staff development trainings. Participate in parent advisory and education meetings. 

  • Performs other activities as required for a successful preschool program. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 Knowledge of: 

  • Applicable school readiness laws and regulations, prek-grade 3 initiatives. 

  • Current principles of early childhood educational techniques and methods. 

  • Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress.

  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERs) .

  • SEEDS of Early Learning.

  • PreK SMART.

  • Compliance with high quality programming through Parent Aware Rating.

  • Innovative technology.

 

Ability to: 

  • Comply with applicable laws and regulations, minimum of direct supervision. 

  • Collaborate and communicate effectively orally and in writing sufficient to express ideas, thoughts, and instructions clearly to students, parents, community and staff, regardless of ethnic, racial, religious background or socioeconomic level. 

  • Plan an effective educational program for preschool students, under the direction of the Coordinator of School Readiness and in collaboration with the Assistant Preschool Teacher. 

  • Schedule and manage time effectively. 

  • Assist with assessing students using the Big Day for PreK (SECI) or other current research-based curriculum assessment tools. 

  • Assist Coordinator of School Readiness in implementing the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERs) and other preschool quality assessments. 

  • Maintain records. 

  • Read, understand and implement policies, procedures and state mandates. 

  • Operate basic office equipment. 

  • Work confidentially with discretion. 

  • Keep accurate records. 

 

PHYSICAL ABILITIES 

This position requires: 

  • Sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time. 

  • Speaking and hearing to exchange information and make presentations. 

  • Sufficient arm, hand, and finger dexterity to operate a computer and other office equipment. 

  • Visual acuity to read words and numbers. 

  • Lifting of light to moderate objects. 

  • Sufficient ambulatory ability to stand for sustained periods of time and move to different locations. 

  • Ability to take precautions against exposure to health and safety risks. 

  • Speaking and hearing to communicate in person or over the phone. 

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred but not required. (Preferred: BA or CDA in Early Childhood Education or Child Development.) 

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Successful completion and certification of CPR and First Aid preferred. 

A background study must be completed prior to employment.