Lead Preschool Teacher
Company/Organization: Anchorage Cooperative Preschool
Location: 3031 Latouche St. Anchorage, AK 99508
Application Dates: Until Filled
Reports to: Director
Hours of Work: 35 hours / 8:30-3:30 Monday- Friday (Summer hours vary)
Job Summary: The Preschool Teacher will work with the Board, Director and parents to create a safe, positive and accepting environment where families and children learn together.
CURRICULUM AND CHILDREN
- Plan and execute a developmentally appropriate program for the children, incorporating our traditions, philosophy and policies.
- Allow the children’s interests and needs to determine, as much as possible, the course of the program.
- Interact with each child every day on a meaningful level and respond to the special needs of individual children in a sensitive and professional manner.
- Foster developmentally appropriate independence in children encouraging expression of ideas and feelings.
- Make of first priority the mental health, well-being and safety of each child.
TEACHER AND CLASSROOM STANDARDS
- Maintain a welcoming, child-centered, developmentally appropriate classroom at all times.
- Know and maintain all Municipality of Anchorage Child Care Licensing standards including:
- Maintain Pediatric First Aid and CPR certification.
- Progress with professional development
- Know the emergency procedures. Practice and document monthly.
- Communicate regularly with parents about the learning objectives that children will practice while engaging the curriculum.
- Confer with parents on the progress of their child on a regular basis, including Fall and Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences.
- Demonstrate, recognize, and encourage positive social behavior among children and adult workers (such as cooperation, problem solving, taking turns and sharing).
Help adult workers to improve skills using “teachable moments,” modeling, and reflective evaluation.
- Emphasize the importance of the safety and well-being of children in the classroom to working adults.
- Understand the content of the Handbook, including parent job structure/responsibilities.
- Help to determine the calendar of events for the school year. Assist the Director to plan an effective orientation for parents and children.
- Attend Board of Director meetings as a non-voting member.
Our ideal candidate would have 5 years or more of early childhood teaching experience as well as administrative qualifications. In addition, a philosophy of play-based learning and the cooperative preschool model is desired. Our ideal candidate will have:
- An AA or BA in Early Childhood Education
- Current SEED level 9 or ability to reach level 9
- Current pediatric first aid and CPR
- Four positive written references
- Positive background check
- Working knowledge of Child Care Licensing rules and regulations
- Completion of training hours as required by Child Care Licensing