Christopher House (CH) is searching for Master Teachers looking to grow professionally in the field of Early Childhood Development. Candidates must possess a specialized interest and passion for working with Infants, Toddlers, and Two-year old’s.
With a mission to develop independent, creative, lifelong learners, our infant, preschool, elementary and family schools build a community of students, teachers, and parents committed to excellence, achievement and perseverance, respect and compassion, and equality of opportunity.
Christopher House partners with parents to provide a continuum of education for students from birth through high school, as well as immersive family supports that help parents create stable, self-sufficient families. We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction.
Children and families thrive when:
Education begins at birth and continues throughout life, with parents as a child’s first teacher;
Home environments nurture literacy, achievement, and children’s success;
Parents have high standards and set high expectations for themselves, their children, and children’s schools;
Professionally trained teachers know their students as individuals;
Evaluations and program improvements are data driven;
Parents and staff work together to continuously evaluate and improve programming;
Education includes the development of creativity and perseverance and is multi-disciplinary in order to foster each child’s unique strengths and interests;
Developing independent, creative, life-long researchers, education must include curriculum designed to help scholars develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively;
Diversity is celebrated and explored so that learners develop broad perspectives on life and learning; and
Parents and caregivers support their children financially and emotionally.
Determine the needs and provide for the development of children ages 3-5
Work to create a safe environment for children and act as a role model for teaching staff
Implement and maintain all components regarding children ages 3-5, based on HS, State Pre-K, Child Care and state and local requirements
Provide technical assistance, advisement, support and role modeling to members of the Preschool and Pre-K (3-5) teaching staff in curriculum and development issues
Coordinate monthly teacher meetings to ensure on-going cooperation among staff and to ensure that individual teachers are working towards a unified approach to preschooler’s (3-5) development; maintain a strong classroom presence
Ensure program is in compliance with all curriculum related to funding and licensing requirements pertaining to HS, State Pre-K and Child Care contractual mandates as it relates to child assessment
Review lesson plans on a weekly basis, make any recommendations for needed changes and follow through on implementation of lesson plans
Prepare Pre-K reports for the Site Director, Associate Director of ECDS and the state Pre-K Office
Assist Program Director, ECDS and Site Director in the ongoing process of assuring the highest quality programming and best Practices as well as NAEYC Accreditation and re-accreditation processes occurs at each appropriate site
Meet with the teaching staff and the Manager of Health and Disabilities to ensure compliance to and an understanding of appropriate health and nutrition practices.
Coordinate portfolio assessments of all children in a timely manner and conduct classroom observations monthly
Ensure that parent-teacher conferences are conducted twice a year and assist teachers in both preparation and conducting these conferences, as needed.
Provide training, support and follow up to program staff regarding the National Reporting System, Creative Curriculum, Portfolio, ESI-R screenings, Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire and Parent Techer Conferences
Participate in recruitment of teaching staff for the Pre-K Program as needed
Ensure that each newly hired teacher and Assistant Teacher has an effective orientation to Christopher House, the 3-5 program objectives and to the specific job responsibilities of their position
Identify opportunities for skills and knowledge enhancement for the staff to Site Director, manage training for the Pre-K staff
Actively participate in the performance management process for Pre-K and preschool staff
Strong alignment with Christopher House’s Values and Mission;
Strong work ethic coupled with a proactive problem-solving approach;
Three to five years of direct experience working with 3-5 year old’s, preferably in a Head Start or governmentally funded child care program; Supervisory experience is required
Bi-lingual skills in a variety of languages are a plus
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and a Type 04 Certification from the State of Illinois