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Pettengill Academy Job Description

Job Title :  Assistant Teacher

Program :  Early Childhood Education

Reports to : School Manager

Position Summary

The  Assistant teacher assists the teaching team in creating an inviting, stimulating, and safe learning environment. A strong relationship between the Assistant and the teaching team is vital to the success of the program. As an early childhood professional, each Assistant Teacher is expected to contribute to a working environment that is friendly, respectful, open and honest. Assistant Teachers are responsible for assisting classroom staff with cleaning toys, preparing for morning and afternoon activities, and performing other tasks assigned to ensure a high-quality learning environment.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Assist the teaching team in implementing the school’s philosophy, developmentally appropriate practices, standards for Accreditation and Maine State Licensing regulations.
  • Create a welcoming, positive environment by:
    • Being actively engaged with students
    • Speaking to children at eye level
    • Being friendly, warm and affectionate
    • Using appropriate voice and tone
    • Encouraging student’s independence and self-help skills
  • Assist the teaching team in creating a physical space that maximizes independence of student, provides a safe and stimulating environment, enables effective use of space, and provides an attractive and welcoming environment by:
    • Organizing classroom space in a functional, clean, neat and attractive way that encourages children to use materials as independently as is appropriate Labeling spaces and materials so that it is clear to students and adults in the room where things belong
    • Displaying student’s work in a way that is attractive and informative to visitors and promotes student’s self-esteem
    • Alerting program director to any concerns about cleanliness, needed repairs, or safety.
  • Enforce safety rules, intervene when student may injure themselves or others, and promptly alert the teaching team to any injury involving children or staff. Practice infection control principles (proper hand-washing, cleaning and sanitizing toys, tables, etc.). Assist with planning and preparing nutritious snacks.
  • Participate in regular classroom staff meetings, at least monthly, for the purpose of discussing the needs of individual children, lesson planning, program evaluation and problem-solving.
  • Ensure that staff:child ratios follow Maine Child Care Licensing Regulations and, if not, inform the scheduler and/or program director.
  • Participate in center-wide events when possible.
Education & Other Requirements

High School Diploma/GED

Minimum age of 18

MRTQ Level 1

CPR/First Aid certified

Completion of Active Supervision Training

30 hours of training yearly

Completion of Health & Safety Basics: Requirements for Certification

Maine ECE Guidelines : Infant and Toddler or Preschool

Skills & Abilities
  • Early Child Development knowledge and experience.
  • Knowledge in Desired Results and Developmentally Appropriate Practices.
  • Knowledge of State Subsidized Program Requirements for Center Programs.
  • Good communication, problem solving and priority setting skills as well as maintaining an overall positive and professional attitude/disposition.
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize and implement educational activities.
  • Ability to make decisions on behalf of children and protect their well-being.
  • Must be able to manage confidential information.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • All associates, regardless of position, serve as role models for students who are served by our agency. Therefore, each associate must at all times be emotionally stable and able to function effectively with children, adolescents and adults who may have mental or behavioral health problems. The associate must be able to demonstrate appropriate daily behavior, appropriate expression of emotions, as well as appropriate role modeling. Hostility, aggression and unnecessary or inappropriate physical actions as well as inappropriate emotional expression are not acceptable.
Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to :

  • Frequently walks, uses hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls and talks or hears.
  • Often required to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • May occasionally be required to drive a motor vehicle.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Individual Responsibilities
  • Arrive on time for work or contact the Center when delayed
  • Be reliable in attendance and give ample notice for absences
  • Come to work with a positive attitude
  • Approach criticism with a learning attitude
  • Communicate directly and avoid gossip
  • Be a team player
  • Be flexible in scheduling to meet the needs of the overall program
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity and commitment to confidentiality
  • Show initiative in problem solving and be open to new ideas
  • Approach challenges with imagination and a sense of humor
  • Create a welcoming, positive environment center-wide by:
    • Being actively engaged with children
    • Speaking to children at eye level
    • Being friendly, warm and affectionate
    • Using appropriate voice and tone
    • Encouraging children’s independence and self-help skills

Pettengill Academy is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified associates without regard to their race, genders, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where associates are treated with respect and dignity.