Lead Preschool Teacher- Inclusion
Educational | Dublin, CA | Full Time and Part Time
The School of Imagination and Happy Talkers is committed to bringing out the extraordinary in every child. We offer groundbreaking early-childhood education programs, cutting-edge intervention services, and a full-inclusion preschool which empowers special-needs children to excel along with their typical peers, giving all children the foundation for success in learning and life.
We truly do appreciate your interest in helping us accomplish this mission in serving more than 350 children annually at our beautiful Schaefer Ranch campus high atop the Dublin hillside in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about the School of Imagination, please visit www.soi4kids.org or follow along on Twitter and Facebook @soi4kids.
Lead Preschool Teacher Position Summary
The Lead Preschool Teacher is responsible for providing a warm, positive, nurturing and organized environment for preschool children to learn through developmentally-appropriate activities and interactions. The position supervises and manages assistant teachers by giving instructions, feedback, and guidance. In addition, the position must maintain professional communication with all team members, families, and the community. The Lead Preschool Teacher works collaboratively with each family and other team members to ensure that each child is provided with the highest quality educational program for optimal success educationally, socially and emotionally.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Maintains a positive and nurturing atmosphere for children and families
- Maintains a positive and professional attitude in all written and verbal communications and behavior
- Ensures student safety at all times using state licensing and program established guidelines
- Implements individual student’s programs and behavioral protocols effectively, accurately, and efficiently; makes adjustments in response to feedback and in collaboration with parents, clinicians, and professionals
- Plans curriculum and prepares lessons and other instructional materials to meet individual needs of students, considering state requirements, physical, emotional, social and educational levels of development, and in alignment with program definitions
- Supervises and promotes activities designed to enhance the healthy emotional, social, intellectual, and physical development of each child enrolled
- Helps children establish good habits of personal hygiene; changes diapers and assists with toilet training as needed
- Communicates consistently and professionally with parents/guardians on each child's progress
- Coordinates goal setting meetings, formal and informal conferences with parents, and prepares information for the meetings using observational summaries and approved formal tracking protocols
- Ensures that parents sign in and out as required by State Licensing Guidelines
- Completes monthly newsletter and curriculum plan to be reviewed by School Director by the 25th of each month
- Participates in all required meetings and recommended training programs, conferences, courses, and other aspects of professional growth; maintains current knowledge of early childhood practice
- Effectively trains, supervises, and utilizes classroom assistants
- Supervises and participates in upkeep of the facility, educational equipment and materials in assigned area
- Informs school director immediately as to any environmental, student or staff concerns, including safety, health, and mental stability as it relates to job responsibilities, both programmatic or professional
- Attends any open houses, school programs and fundraising activities, as requested by the school director
- Maintains a professional and friendly attitude; treats children, families, and team members with dignity and speaks to them in a friendly, positive and courteous manner at all times
- Minimum of 12 ECE (Early Childhood Education) units and six months experience is required
- Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, two to four years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred
- Experience working with children with special needs in a classroom setting
- Basic competence in duties and tasks of supervised employees
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills; able to manage competing priorities and workflow
- Ability to work independently and as a member of various teams and committees
- Good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decisions
- Demonstrated ability to plan and organize projects independently
- Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
- Coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
- Bend, reach and lift up to or above head
- May be required to lift up to 40 pounds
- Kneel or sit on floor for up to thirty minutes at a time while working with children
- Climb and descent stairways
- Ability to work in a moderate to loud environment
The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.
We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and an extensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits for qualified employees. In addition, we also work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, where people can learn and grow with the company and one another. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.
The School of Imagination is an equal opportunity employer.