SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director of Early Childhood Programs and under the supervision of the Co-Master Teachers, plans and implements developmentally appropriate activities designed to promote social, emotional, cognitive, physical and self-help growth in children aged 2 to 6 years; communicates with parents and colleagues and demonstrates a professional demeanor.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. All duties are performed under the supervision of the Co-Master Teachers. While Associate Teachers receive training in performing the many of the duties of Master Teachers, it is not intended that the Associate Teacher position will automatically lead to a Master Teacher position. Other duties may be assigned.
Plan and implement curriculum for individual, small and large group activities, both indoors and outside, that promote learning in the areas of social-emotional, cognitive, physical and self-help development and that motivate enthusiasm of children for active participation in the learning process.
Communicate verbally with children, and verbally and in written form with parents, administrators, and colleagues about curriculum, children, and child development issues and maintain a sensitive, cooperative and flexible demeanor in interactions with others.
Demonstrate professionalism through reliability, punctuality, participation in meetings and staff development opportunities, as well as personal appearance and self-care, and maintains personal integrity and a respectful attitude in professional relationship.
Keep current in contemporary pedagogical thinking, strategies and techniques by regularly reading professional journals and attendance at professional conferences, workshops and courses.
Maintain a high level of technological proficiency and consistently integrate meaningful and appropriate use of technology within the curriculum; maintain and update classroom communication platform daily and create and manage student digital portfolios.
Maintain and update curriculum maps in conjunction with grade level teams.
Assist in coordinating efforts of team members, interns, student teachers and other adults in the classroom.
Provide for the physical safety of children through anticipation and removal of hazards, visual observation of children active or at rest, and by appropriate response to injuries.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty to the satisfaction of the administration. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Minimum requirements include a valid California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit and training and experience in early childhood classrooms. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
BEHAVIORAL SKILLS: Demonstrate personal integrity, friendliness, patience, fairness, openness, non-defensiveness, sensitivity, flexibility, and enthusiasm.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret written documents, professional literature and material pertinent to child development and education; ability to write reports, child evaluations from a developmental perspective, curricular plans, and letters to parents and others; ability to verbally present information and respond to children, parents, colleagues, and administrators in areas of early childhood curriculum and child development, as well as speak and write from a child-specific perspective.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers, fractions and decimals; create and interpret graphs; compute ratio and percent and use a calculator
TECHNICAL SKILLS: Ability to use simple tools and machines, such as copiers, laminators, and telephones; ability to use computer for word processing to write reports, compose letters, create documents, prepare and send messages on Microsoft Outlook and access the Internet.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and apply common sense in dealing with every day and emergency situations; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram and schedule form.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate teacher to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit, climb, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, stoop, and kneel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move children of all sizes in the classroom. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate teacher encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment varies from quiet to moderate to noisy.
About The Center for Early Education
Founded in 1939, The Center for Early Education educates students from Toddler through Grade Six. Our urban West Hollywood campus houses 538 children in instructional building with rooftop playgrounds, unique 'green' planting and underground parking. The Center combines a challenging academic curriculum with a nurturing environment that harkens back to the founders' focus on the inner life of the child. Both the student body and faculty/staff are very diverse with 50% students of color. The Center offers an ample Financial Aid program with inclusion awards but also strives for socioeconomic diversity among its families. Generous donors and a mature advancement program keep tuition below the median of comparable schools in the Los Angeles area. The Center offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits to employees. A long-standing commitment to professional development allows all employees to further their professional and personal growth.