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Preschool Teacher - Instructional Aide

Company: Little Sprouts
Location: Lowell
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Job Description:

Lowell Collaborative Preschool Academy

Position Description

Instructional Aide

Agency: Little Sprouts Revised Date: 6/2/2015

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Reports To: Master Teacher

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Instructional Aide is responsible for creating a warm, welcoming and inviting educational environment for children and families. They are responsible for curriculum implementation at the direction of the Master Teacher and must be able to meet all EEC and QRIS standards.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:


  • Maintain compliance with all federal, state and local regulations related to MA Department of Early Education and Care.
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean, safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate classroom environment.
  • Work with the Master Teacher, following their direction to implement curriculum that meets both group and individual child needs which encourages the cognitive, physical, emotional and social development of each child and family and assures that school readiness goals are being met.
  • In conjunction with other Lowell Collaborative Preschool Academy staff, participate in overall program activities under the guidance of the Master Teacher.
  • Document and maintain records including observational, behavioral, attendance and other required reports.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with parents, Master Teachers, and management staff, including scheduling parent-teacher conferences and making home visits as needed.
  • In the absence of the Master Teacher, provide continuity of care by assuring implementation of the curriculum activities and direct other classroom staff, interns and volunteers to implement the activities.
  • Assure site and sound supervision and monitoring of children at all times.
  • Support parent engagement in the classroom, offering general information on a daily basis and taking initiative to build relationships.
  • Abide by confidentiality policies while demonstrating appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individuals.
  • Actively engage in professional skill development and growth for themselves through participation in training, educational activities and the opportunity to refine skills with the support from a Master Teacher and coaches.
  • Uphold the values, vision and goals of the preschool expansion project.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

    • None

      EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

      • Associates Degree or equivalent in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred
      • 1 year to 5 years teaching experience preferred
      • 1 year of experience working with low income individuals or families preferred.

        QUALIFICATIONS:

        • Desire to work with low income, culturally diverse, and at-risk families and individuals.
        • Excellent Customer Service, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
        • Ability to manage multiple priorities and work in a fast-paced, growing and changing environment.
        • Basic Technology skills required.
        • Excellent crisis management skills.
        • Good attention to detail.
        • Bilingual skills (English/Spanish or English/Khmer) are a plus.

          LICENSES and CERTIFICATES:

          • Early Education and Care (EEC) Preschool Teacher Certification required

            PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

            • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
            • Must be able to walk up and down stairs
            • Sit on the floor and bend down to meet child's needs
            • Perform all activities with the children, including running, jumping, etc.



              The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

              *External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

              Keywords: Little Sprouts, Boston, Preschool Teacher - Instructional Aide, Education / Teaching, Lowell, Massachusetts

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