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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER - KANSAS CITY, MO
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER - KANSAS CITY, MO
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10/18/13 2:51 PM
JOB DESCRIPTION

DATE: March 21, 2013

STATUS: Non-Exempt, Full Time

TITLE: Early Childhood Education Teacher

SUPERVISOR: Education Coordinator

Operation Breakthrough is a not-for-profit organization that helps children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough strives to support and empower the children’s families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid.

JOB SUMMARY
An Early Childhood Education Teacher instructs and supervises children in a full day, Early Head Start Classroom or a Head Start Classroom and participates in school related activities.

QUALIFICATIONS
• The Early Childhood Education Teacher position requires a minimum of an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education with forty-five (45) hours of early education coursework or a CDA. (Transcripts and Copy of Certification required)
• Bachelor’s degree preferred in Early Childhood Education that would include forty-five (45) hours of early education coursework. Bachelor’s degree in non-Early Childhood Education field if you have passed the Praxis exam. (Transcripts required) (Copy of Praxis required)
• CPR and First Aid Certified
• A current physical, TB test, background test and drug test are required. Drug test and background test are given by the company at company expense. TB and physicals are done by the employee at the employee’s expense prior to hire.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Complete or supervise completion of daily attendance, meal counts, lesson plans, classroom cleanliness checklists, etc.
• Implement activities and teaching methods to carry out the program according to the developmental level of the individual child.
• Implement the Early Head Start Curriculum in the classroom and follow Developmentally Appropriate Practices.
• Work with and train Co-Teachers in understanding objectives and education plans for each child using screening and observational information; provide on-the-job training for Co-Teachers.
• With professional staff, use Developmental Screening, anecdotal notes and portfolios to assist in developing lesson plans and individualized programming for each child.
• Discuss special needs of individual children with teaching staff supervisors, specialists and parents. Provide necessary documentation for referring children.
• Complete daily lesson plans incorporating individual, small group, and large group activities.
• Plan special event and field trips incorporating Assistant Teacher’s ideas and suggestions.
• Maintain a positive classroom environment that promotes learning.
• Communicate to Supervisor observed safety, physical, and licensing issues.
• Supervise mealtimes.
• Arrange and participate in Parent/Teacher Conferences as prescribed by Head Start and Early Head Start and Center policies and procedures; acquaint parents with program activities; developmentally appropriate practices; program objectives, determine and communicate needs of each child; interpret curriculum.
• Solicit parents’ assistance; explain and promote parent involvement through participation and activities.
• Compile an accurate classroom inventory, as prescribed by center and Head Start Staff guidelines, with assistance from the teaching staff.
• Develop, arrange, and participate in classroom staff meetings.
• Compile and submit all paperwork by the required deadlines; completing reports as specified.
• Maintain CPR and First Aid Certification.
• Update TB and physical exam every other year.
• Maintain supplies as needed for classroom activities.

COMPETENCIES
• Dependability including arrives at work on time, uses approved lunch / break times appropriately, follow procedures in requesting and reporting leave time, document all times leaving and returning to the building.
• Good hygiene and personal appearance.
• Promote communication, warmth and respect among all staff and volunteers.
• Maintain confidentiality with regard to staff, children and families according to established guidelines.
• Model appropriate behavior, language and communication skills for children.
• Interact respectfully and professionally with others.
• Sensitivity to diverse learning styles, knowledge/skill levels and cultural orientation.
• Creativity and new ideas.
• Ability to bend, kneel and squat many times each day.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 45 pounds several times a day.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Indoor classroom and outdoor recess (weather permitting).

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of an employee.

Operation Breakthrough is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with Operation Breakthrough is “At Will”.
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