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at YMCA of Metro Atlanta
- YOUTH DEVELOPMENT - Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
- HEALTHY LIVING - Improving the nation's health and well-being.
- SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
Title: Early Learning Lead Teacher (credentialed)
Grade: G/L Code:
Job Code: PSH400/PSH750 Branch: PCA Status: Non-Exempt
Supervisor: Early Learning Senior Director and Assistant Directors
Under the direction of the Early Learning Program Director(s), the Early Learning Lead Credentialed Teacher is responsible for the delivery of a high quality educational experience for the children and families under his/her care. He/She must implement the program based on the programs goal and objectives. All decisions must be guided by the YMCA, State Licensing, NAEYC, Quality Rated and Head Start, if applicable. Parent involvement is critical to the impact and success of the overall program.
1. Must be 21 years of age.
2. Must possess a CDA, AA degree in Early Childhood Education or higher credential.
3. Have at least 2 years experience working with children younger than five in a state licensed center. NAEYC or Quality Rated experience a plus
4. Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
5. Must submit a cleared GCIC and NCIC before working. Annual GCIC will be conducted before each school year begins.
6. TB screening and a Physical must be submitted before working.
ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES – Team Leader
Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Y’s values; ensures a high level of service with a commitment to improving lives through wellness initiatives; seeks and supervises volunteers; cultivates relationships to support fundraising (may be responsible for team or division).
Collaboration: Champions inclusion; builds relationships to create small communities; practices active non-evaluative listening skills, communicates for understanding; and able to empathetically manage conflict when it occurs; provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.
Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with framework for making decisions; conducts pilots for new programs; develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of the staff team; effectively manages budgets; holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress.
Personal Growth: Shares new insights and trends; facilitates change and models adaptability; utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues or inappropriate performance or behavior.
Ensure School Readiness/Academic Instruction:
1. Utilize the curriculum goals and objectives to develop lesson plans to support the early learning standards and include educational experiences in Language/Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, Creative (Music, Art and Drama), Social & Emotional, and Physical Development.
2. Develop individual relationships with children by providing care that is responsive attentive, consistent, comforting, supportive, and culturally sensitive.
3. Select weekly studies that extend on what they know about each student’s interest and their families.
4. Implement family style meals, sit and eat with children, and engage them in conversation
5. Maintain compliance with the Y’s Way to the Creative Curriculum goals and objectives.
6. Arrange the learning environment to support learning content areas and ITERS and ECERS criteria.
Empower Healthy Living/Health & Safety
1. Design an environment that protects children’s Health and Safety at all times. This includes, but is not limited too, ensuring that all Physical Hazards are always inaccessible to students.
2. Create an environment that prevents challenging or disruptive behaviors through – classroom designs, effective transitions and engaging activities.
3. Use positive redirection to address inappropriate behaviors. Behavior charts cannot be displayed in Pre-K classrooms. No employee can use any form of corporal punishment as a method of discipline. Any violation will be grounds for automatic termination. Teachers are mandated reporters and are required by law to report the witnessing of inappropriate discipline or knowledge of child abuse.
4. Provides adequate supervision as defined by BFTS, Quality Rated, NAEYC and the YMCA of children during all activities (indoors & outdoors) as well as during all times when children are under their direct care. Any lack of supervision that results in an injury of a student can be grounds for immediate termination.
5. Must obtain First Aid/CPR within 90 days of hire and maintain the certification.
6. Follows and teaches health practices relating to Hand-washing, Tooth brushing and Basic Hygiene Practices.
7. Complete Incident Reports and to follow the required documentation steps and protocol in reporting the incident to the Directors and families immediately.
Assessments and Evaluations:
1. Maintain assessment records to meet GOLD guidelines. This includes, but is not limited too, following the schools Assessment Timeline for evaluation of each student development and organization of student portfolios.
2. Provide updates regarding each student’s development during parent/teacher conferences. These conferences must be held at a minimum of two times per school term and any additional conferences, as required. These conferences shall contain positive and developmental information rather than reports of behavior related incidents and child’s areas of concerns.
3. Conduct Brigance screenings for all Head Start blended students within the timelines given.
4. Conduct Get Ready to Read Screenings at the beginning and end of each school term. (3yr and up only)
Family and Volunteer Engagement:
1. Teachers use a variety of formal and informal strategies to become acquainted with and learn from families about their family culture and structure.
2. Teachers and families work together to plan activities for student and teachers strongly encourage family involvement during all branch activities and events.
3. Conducts all home visits in a timely manner as required by Head Start guidelines.
4. Recruits volunteers and In-kind Contributions to support program goals.
1. Teachers evaluate and improve their own performance based on ongoing reflection and feedback from supervisor, peers and families. Teachers develop a staff development plan with their supervision.
2. Must adhere and understand the NAEYC code of ethical conduct as it relates to peers, families and the community.
3. Must attend BFTS, YMCA and PCA Head Start trainings as scheduled
4. Utilize planning time to develop lesson plans and other task to support the overall program goals.
5. Commit to an agreed upon work schedule and is flexible, if needed to adjust hours with little notice.
6. Attends Pre-service, In-service and any special training sessions required by the program.
7. Teachers must to be prepared to meet all Partnership Training Requirements which include Rollins Center, PCA Head Start and Start for Life.
8. Perform other duties as related to the delivery of a quality program.
Ergonomic Requirements: Bending, stooping, standing, lifting up to 40 pounds, seeing, verbal communication and hearing. Annual TB and Physical results submitted.
Effect of end Result:
Children and Families will experience a high quality pre-school program. Children will be supervised at all times. Staff will comply with all rules and regulations of BFTS, Quality Rated, NAEYC and the YMCA. The program will remain in compliance at all times with Bright From the Start and the YMCA.
Hours: Full-time, Non-Exempt
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