The Early Childhood Lead Teacher will supervise and manage a lively class of children in our Early Childhood Program. The teacher will plan and implement the daily lessons, crafts and activities and ensure a nurturing environment that children feel safe, take risks and grow. The Teacher will actively supervise the classroom and playgrounds at all times and observe, interact, and engage with children. The Early Childhood Lead Teacher must receive 16 hours of Early Childhood Education training every 12 months and must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with children, parents and co-workers.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In the absence of the Early Childhood Program Supervisor, the Lead Teacher is responsible for oversight and supervision of the classroom and teaching assistants.
Oversee and teach a class of children in a manner consistent with the philosophy and the goals of the program, including
Treating each child with dignity and respect
Planning activities, which will encourage each child’s growth in the areas of emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development
Recognizing and considering the individual needs of each child
Helping children learn to think creatively, to solve problems independently and to respect themselves and others
Communicate with teaching assistants to ensure quality of program while maintaining Virginia Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers
Create a nurturing learning environment in which the children are able to learn and grow
Communicate the development and progress of each child to parents throughout the school year
Ensure active supervision of the classroom and playgrounds
Maintain professional attitudes, behavior and dress at all times
Maintain strict confidentiality regarding children and their families
Maintain cleanliness and safety within the classroom
Attend outside workshops when appropriate
Attend Early Childhood and licensing meetings as necessary
Regularly lift or carry children weighing up to 25 pounds throughout the course of the day
Regularly bend, stoop and crouch in order to physically interact with children and ensure their safety
Other duties as assigned
Ideal candidates should have:
Bachelor’s degree in child-related field
Experience working with young children in a group setting
Strong initiative and organizational skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
An ability to work in a joyful, collegial and collaborative environment
A sense of humor, warm personality, and growth mindset
Congressional School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age or disability.
About Congressional School
Founded in 1939, Congressional School is a co-ed independent day school in the heart of Falls Church, VA. Dedicated to young learners—infants through eighth graders—Congressional School serves more than 320 students and 2,000 campers annually through its academic and summer programs. The school develops great thinkers and leaders by encouraging students to explore, embrace challenge, and grow through an innovative academic program —all in a diverse and inclusive community. Well-prepared for excellent secondary schools, Congressional School graduates have confidence, a sense of ethics, and the desire to continually and respectfully question, collaborate, create, and lead.