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Job Title :  Lead Teacher

Program :  Early Childhood Education

Reports to : School Manager

Position Summary

The Lead Teacher is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all students in their care, which may include toddlers and/or preschool age children; develops partnerships with families to engage and encourage parent participation in the program. The Lead Teacher is also responsible for assuring compliance with codes of all State and local governing contracting agencies; and works collegially with other associates of Pettengill Academy in a team atmosphere to uphold Pettengill Academy’s Code of Ethics and high standards.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and direction for the classroom.
  • Maintain proper daily attendance.
  • Communicate with parents and families on a daily basis about curriculum and daily learning.
  • Develops weekly plans and implements age appropriate curriculum using DAP Guidelines for appropriate age level (lesson plan) to nurture and stimulate all domains of student’s development in their care.
  • Provides a developmentally appropriate classroom environment that reflects the student’s learning and growth.
  • Perform ongoing developmental evaluations of students as required and develop lesson plans and follow curriculum implementation that addresses the individual needs of each child.
  • On a ongoing basis plan, evaluate and improve the physical environment in the classroom to create opportunities to meet the changing needs of the developing student.
  • Provide responsive care to all students by adapting daily care giving routines and plans to the interests and needs of the individual student and the group.
  • Prepare developmental progress reports as needed.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for the student’s background by incorporating the cultural, linguistic and familial values and beliefs into the childcare program and lesson plans.
  • Exchange information and serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary intervention/prevention team.
  • Completes student transition and orientation of the classroom with parents.
  • Maintain ongoing, open communication with families.
  • Provide a classroom environment that encourages parent participation
  • Ensure that each family receives an opportunity to build strong relationships and experience clear communication with teaching staff.
  • Plan periodical parent conferences to discuss student’s developmental progress, needs and interests.
  • Liaison with student’s families to ensure smooth transition from home to school and transition from classroom to classroom when needed.
  • Assist families with student’s transitions from toddler to preschool and from preschool to kindergarten.
  • Maintain accurate, complete and timely client and agency records; completes daily meal and attendance records.
  • Maintains up to date emergency forms, curriculum plans, individual student development profile and other records as needed.
  • Completes and reports any symptoms of child abuse to supervisor and/or child abuse hotline.
  • Completes daily health checks regarding hygiene, safety and overall well being of the student’s.
  • Completes DRDP and ITERS/ECERS with Associate Teacher and prepare developmental progress reports as needed.
  • Assures a healthy, safe, clean and developmentally appropriate environment for student’s.
  • Assist with functioning and monitoring of nutrition and food service.
  • Assist with the supervision of associates and volunteers for school setting.
  • Conducts supervision on a weekly basis with Associate Teacher and Assistant Teachers.
  • Ensures that the Associate Teacher and Assistant Teachers are kept updated in all matters concerning the classroom and program i.e. Lead Teacher Meetings, lesson plans, policies & procedures, training received.
  • Provides functional training and guidance to associates, interns, substitutes and volunteers assigned to the classroom.
  • Ensures Active Supervision is followed at all times.
  • Reports all staffing and classroom concerns to supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Reports family changes in schedules and excessive absences to administration in a timely manner.
  • Participate in ongoing inservice and educational development opportunities provided by the Agency.
  • Participate in ongoing development and evaluation of school’s goals and objectives.
  • In accordance with our “team” philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.
  • Adhere to Pettengill Academy Code of Ethics
  • Associates must believe in and act in accordance with both the Agency’s and the program’s mission statements.
  • Ensure the classroom meets the Environmental Guidelines.
Education & Other Requirements

High School Diploma/GED

8 months experience with Pettengill Academy

Minimum age of 18

MRTQ Level 2

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 use the computer to input developmental data.
  • 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
  • Assist in other departments as needed ( ie – another classroom, kitchen or any other area as defined by administration )
  • Be flexible in scheduling to meet the needs of the overall program
  • Demonstrate a reputation for quality, honesty, integrity and a commitment to responsibility and 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.