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Preschool Teacher (3159)

Lutheran Services Florida
Posted 2 days ago, valid for 6 months
Location

Jupiter, FL 33458, US

Salary

$24,000 - $39,000 per annum

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Contract type

Full Time

Retirement Plan
Paid Time Off
Life Insurance
Tuition Reimbursement
Employee Assistance

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  • Salary: Not specified
  • Experience required: Two years of experience teaching Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school or kindergarten age children.
  • Education: A baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education; or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in any subject, and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool-aged children.
  • Skills required: Working knowledge of brain development, child development birth to age five, culture and practices for early childhood, developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood, behavior modification theories, current educational techniques, supervisory techniques, making presentations, verbal communication with infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children, resolving conflicts, planning, organizing, and supervising work, implementing routine care for infants and toddlers, assuming seated position on the floor, collecting and evaluating data, communicating effectively, preparing and maintaining reports, handling confidential information, using a computer, following established procedures, administering CPR and First-Aid, implementing safety procedures, working effectively with others, providing physical assistance in the transportation of special needs children, and safely operating a motor vehicle.
  • Other requirements: Certification in First Aid and CPR within 90 days from the date of hire; successful completion of a Level II background screening, local criminal record check, and drug screening prior to hiring; bilingual preferred; and sensitivity to the service population's cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.

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Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where children are safe, families are strong, and communities are vibrant.

LSF is seeking a talented Preschool Teacher who wants to make an impact in the lives of others.

Purpose and Impact:

The Preschool Teacher serves as lead worker in classroom.  Performs duties planning and implementing educational activities for pre-school aged children or infants/toddlers in the Head Start/Early Heart Start Program that comply with federal performance standards.  Participates in the HS/EHS Quality Assurance efforts. 

Essential Functions:  

  • Plans, develops and implements daily lesson plans that provide for educational and enrichment activities for pre-school age children or infants and toddlers that meet federal performance standards.¬†¬†
  • Plans and arranges classrooms into distinctive learning areas that promote an effective learning environment.¬†¬†
  • Screens and assesses children to determine developmental/educational needs and develops and implements individual education plans that comply with federal performance standards.¬†¬†
  • Monitors meal and snack periods, classroom and restroom activities, and playground activities to ensure a safe environment for young children.¬†¬†
  • Monitors food service and supplies for adequate inventory.¬†¬†
  • Documents children's progress or lack of and completes all required manual and computerized forms and reports in accordance with federal requirements.¬†¬†
  • Initiates referrals on children to the Center Director by submission of a variety of formal documents.¬†¬†
  • Plans classroom activities for parent and community volunteers.¬†¬†
  • Attends and participates in workshops and other meetings to acquire and disseminate information.¬†¬†
  • Communicates with parents through parent conferences, written correspondence, and telephone to apprise them of child's progress, upcoming events, classroom activities, individual education plan changes, and other relevant information.¬†¬†
  • Conducts health checks on children for health concerns, including ringworm, head lice and other health conditions, and reports to appropriate Health Coordinator.¬†¬†
  • Ensures lessons and classroom activities align with the Florida Pre-Kindergarten standards.¬†
  • Conducts Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten assessments as required.¬†
  • Ensures that at least 80% of the children are kindergarten ready.¬†
  • Performs quality staff-child interactions resulting in a CLASS scores greater than the lowest 10% of the threshold in each domain.¬†
  • Uses active supervision techniques and maintains positive classroom behavior.¬†
  • Receives a satisfactory or higher score on the Teacher Success Rubric.¬†
  • Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child's work, and a developmental assessment.¬†
  • Uses home visits and parent conferences to discuss the child's individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;¬†¬†
  • Reports suspected child abuse and neglect to designated state agency.¬†¬†
  • Plans, coordinates and oversees field trips for assigned children.¬†¬†
  • Orders supplies and equipment to be used by special needs children in the classroom.¬†¬†
  • Assists in the transportation of special needs children by lifting child into seat and fastening safety¬†
  • Inspects classrooms and grounds to ensure the safety, orderliness, sanitation and cleanliness of facilities.¬†¬†
  • Reviews and forwards accident and incident reports.¬†¬†
  • Discusses plans and coordinates concerns regarding the child and family with other Head Start/Early Head Start staff.¬†¬†
  • Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.¬†¬†
  • Performs other related duties as required.¬†

Other Functions: 

Note: The duties above are illustrative and not exhaustive. 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. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described above. 

Physical Requirements: 

Must be able to lift at least 45 pounds and provide physical assistance in the transportation of special needs children by lifting child into seat and fastening safety belt.  Reasonable accommodation may be made for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. 

Education:  

  • A baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education; or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in any subject, and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool-aged children.¬† Coursework equivalent to a major related to Early Childhood Education includes but is not limited to the following:¬†
  • Teaching credentials: licensure or certification by the state for Pre-K teachers recognized by the local school district or state education agency as qualifying teachers to teach pre-school children in that school district or state if the individual has at least 500 clock hours of experience in an early childhood setting teaching pre-school aged children. OR¬†
  • Coursework:¬† No less than 18 semester credits in courses that focus specifically on child development, early childhood education and curriculum, early childhood teaching and assessment, psychology, family development, health and physical development, mathematics, science and children‚Äôs literature.¬† These courses may have been taken in various departments such as Education, Health and Nutrition/Physical Development, Home Economics, Music, Art, Library Sciences, Physical Education and Recreation, Psychology, Family Studies, and others, and must specifically address young children.¬†
  • Completion of State of Florida Child Care¬† Facility Training required including Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Preschoolers; and proof of successful completion of the 45 hours of Florida Child Care Facility Training within 12 months of hire date.¬† In addition, all state mandated courses for the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) required.¬†

Experience: 

Two years of experience teaching Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school or kindergarten age children. 

Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area. 

Also required: Certification in First Aid and CPR within 90 days from the date‚ÄĮof hire; and successful completion of a Level II background screening, local criminal record check and drug screening prior to hiring.¬†

 Skills: 

  • Working knowledge of brain development and its impact on early learning.¬†
  • Working knowledge of child development birth to age five for typical and atypical children.¬†
  • Working knowledge of culture and practices for early childhood.¬†
  • Working knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood.¬†
  • Working knowledge of behavior modification theories and practices relating to early childhood development.¬†
  • Working knowledge of current educational techniques and practices relating to early childhood development.¬†
  • Skill in the application of supervisory techniques.¬†
  • Skill in making presentations to groups.¬†
  • Skill in verbal communication with infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children.¬†
  • Skill in resolving conflicts between pre-school age children.¬†
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.¬†
  • Ability to plan, organize and conduct early childhood education programs.¬†
  • Ability to implement routine care for infants and toddlers in a responsive environment.¬†
  • Ability to assume a seated position on the floor, or a bent or kneeled position for extended periods of time.¬†
  • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.¬†
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.¬†
  • Ability to prepare and maintain work related reports and files.¬†
  • Ability to handle confidential information.¬†
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.¬†
  • Ability to follow established procedures.¬†
  • Ability to administer CPR and First-Aid.¬†
  • Ability to implement safety procedures.¬†
  • Ability to work effectively with others.¬†
  • Ability to provide physical assistance in the transportation of special needs‚ÄĮchildren.¬†
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.¬†

 Other: 

Must demonstrate sensitivity to our service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs. 

Principal Accountabilities: 

  • Team player with co-workers and central service office staff.¬†¬†
  • Cost effective program operations.¬†
  • Adherence to agency policies and management practices.¬†¬†
  • Effective staff management and leadership.¬†

Why work for LSF?

LSF offers 60 programs across the state of Florida serving a wide range of populations in need. Mission Driven staff members become part of the LSF community while transforming the lives of those in need. Our staff additionally find growth opportunities as they explore areas of interest within the organization.  

Amazing benefits package including: 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Teladoc (24/7 online access to doctors)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employer paid life insurance (1X salary)
  • 13 paid holidays + 1 floating holiday
  • Generous PTO policy (starting at 16 working days a year)
  • 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer match OR 3% student loan repayment reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement

Lutheran Services Florida embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in all business practices. LSF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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