Location: Michigan City
Posted on: November 24, 2022
POSITION SUMMARY: Nurture curiosity through purposeful experiences
to create a future full of lifelong learners. Help to meet the
diverse needs of our families in our program. Implement
Reggio-Emilia Inspired Approach while bringing joy, warmth,
patience, and understanding to the classroom every day, encouraging
children to learn and grow. Inspiring children to be lifelong
learners, implementing a curriculum that promotes social,
emotional, physical, verbal, and cognitive development. Committed
to making their school successful and know that creating meaningful
relationships with children, parents, and families play a crucial
role in that success. Performs all job responsibilities in a safe
manner while consistently exhibiting leadership abilities. Complete
duties with a positive attitude and with the intention of Paladin's
success. Teach and actively monitor children in the classroom.
Become familiar with and implement positive discipline strategies,
and Progettazione when planning and setting up the classroom
environment. Perform screenings and assessments on all children
according to a particular time frame. Meaningfully interact on a
daily basis with parents. Solicit volunteers for participation in
the program. Conduct home visits (Head Start) and parent-teacher
conferences throughout the school year. Integrate and analyze child
assessment data for planning. Includes any other duties to help
drive our vision, fulfill our mission, or support our
organizational values. EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONAL UPON RESULTS OF THE
- Successful Drug Screening.
- Successful Physical Capacities Examination and TB screen
- Criminal History Background Clearance. PHYSICAL/MENTAL
ABILITIES AND PROCESSES:
- Ability to create a positive working environment for both
children and colleagues.
- Physical capability, strength, and coordination adequate to
work with preschool children including, kneeling, stooping,
bending, and sitting on the floor.
- Required computer literacy: Word processing, database,
Internet, spreadsheets, and e-mail.
- Maintain computerized records for the child/family tracking
- Ability to visually assess the health and behaviors of
- Frequent significant decisions to assure developmental progress
- Demonstrated ability to supervise preschool children and ensure
a safe learning environment including the ability to monitor and
respond to events going on at all times in the classroom, outdoor
play areas, and on field trips. This includes the ability to move
quickly to respond to very active children and to redirect or
physically remove a child in order to ensure their safety or the
safety of others in the environment.
- Ability to utilize teacher preparation time effectively,
refrain from engaging in personal business.
- Ability to exercise professional conduct in the workplace.
Conduct oneself with decorum while representing Paladin.
- Ability to respond appropriately (both mentally and physically)
to an emergency or a crisis situation.
- Uphold all responsibilities for mandated reporting as legally
required by the State of Indiana.
- Assure that a positive image of Paladin is portrayed at all
- Occasional driving for training and job responsibility
- Occasional lifting in excess of 50 lbs., occasionally placing
children into seats, and the ability to carry or drag a child in an
emergency situation to a safe area.
- Occasional climbing steps to enter and exit the bus.
- At a minimum, Lead teachers are to have an associate's or
baccalaureate degree in child development or early childhood
education, or equivalent coursework as defined by the Head Start
Policy and Regulations qualifications and competency
- Valid Driver's License and access to a privately-owned vehicle
with liability insurance for use in completing work
responsibilities as required.
- Good verbal and written communications skills.
- Must have Adult and Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certifications
within 30 days from the date of hire.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish desirable, but not required.
The primary language in the workplace is English. RESPONSIBILITIES:
Classroom Management, Intentional Planning, and Meaningful
- Organize and prepare opportunities for children and families to
create meaningful connections with the community.
- Always provides a safe environment with supervision of children
at all times, consistently applying active supervision and
- Intentionally planning on-going experiences that enhance the
cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, and physical development
of young children.
- Submitting weekly lesson and unit plans that support each
child's identified goals which reflect an integrated approach
across all content areas.
- Endorse and implement the Reggio Emilia Progettazione in
alignment with NAEYC, Indiana Early Learning, and Head Start
- Implementing developmentally appropriate behavior management
techniques, including Conscious Discipline in alignment with
Paladin's image of the child.
- Keep necessary reports and documentation, including but not
limited to, assessment data, developmental screening, behavior
intervention plans, and conference notes.
- Appropriately implements CACFP procedures and complies with all
USDA laws. Family Engagement and Partnerships
- Plans for, utilizing, and training volunteers for the
classroom, playground, gross motor area, and field trips.
- Provide parents opportunities to give input into the daily
curriculum and document input on lesson plans.
- Plan and implement meaningful parent engagement
- Attend Parent Meetings.
- Build respectful, culturally responsive, and trusting
relationships with families. Professionalism
- Engage in effective collegial relationships
- Interact with other staff using the highest standards of
- Supports the team by providing coverage for breaks, lunches,
and illnesses as needed
- Follow all agency policies and procedures
- Organize time to allow for planning, preparation, and
- Responsive to mentor/coaching/management feedback. Demonstrate
a willingness to implement new strategies.
- Provide customer service in reception, greet, and direct
visitors at the site.
- Perform other relevant responsibilities as required by the
program or assigned by the supervisor.
- Maintain a clean, sanitary, safe, and welcoming classroom.
- Model the respectful workplace policy when interacting with
Paladin clients, community members, and colleagues.
- Must be responsible, able to handle confidential material, able
to organize effectively, and able to work independently.
- Assure that a positive image of the Paladin is always
portrayed. Training responsibilities
- Maintain current, valid driver's license and liability
insurance at all times on any personal vehicle used to conduct
- Obtain and keep current Adult and Pediatric CPR and First Aid
- Complete 15 credit hours in ECE and a minimum of 20 hours of
continuing education, based on the individualized professional
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