Reporting to the Site Director, the Lead Teacher’s basic function is to be responsible for actively leading the classroom team in the education, care and general development of the children following DCFS licensing, NAEYC, and Head Start performance standards.
The Lead Teacher is responsible to partner with the classroom team to provide developmentally and culturally appropriate lesson plans for the classroom
Working alongside the Site Director, the Lead Teacher will provide discipline and feedback on performance review to the Teacher Assistant.
Promotes recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children, families and staff in the classroom
Welcomes parents into the classroom and works to develop a positive relationship
Uses active supervision techniques to supervise children at all times
Acts as an ambassador for the Erie Neighborhood House Child Care program
Opens/closes the classroom for the day as assigned
Remains in the classroom to supervise children whose parents pick up late
Acts as Director Designee for the center as assigned
Meets at least monthly with the Site Director for supervision and support
Enters documentation into My Teaching Strategies on a weekly basis
Completes My Teaching Strategies checkpoints according to the education timeline
Meets with Assistant Teachers monthly to provide supervision and support
Conducts monthly classroom team meetings
Participates in recruitment of children and families for Erie House programs
Meets with Family Advocate staff quarterly to discuss strengths and needs of families
Participates in transition meetings
Maintains a current Gateways Registry membership
Maintains five hours of Gateways approved training per program year
Completes 20 hours of professional development training per program year
Completes two home visits per program year according to the education timeline
Completes parent teacher conferences according to the education timeline
Attends monthly staff meetings, agency meetings, and in-service trainings
Responsible for the program complying with Erie, the Board of Education and all State licensing requirements and performance standards, including promoting the health and safety of all children, following sanitation procedures and universal precautions, completing a bi-annual physical exam, complying with the Confidentiality and Child Abuse and Neglect Act as a mandated reporter, as well as the American with Disabilities Act and Erie’s Inclusion Policy
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education
Professional Educator License in Early Childhood Education
Illinois Gateways Early Childhood Education credential level 5
Bilingual/bi-cultural Spanish preferred
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
Physical constraints required include, but not limited to, the ability to lift and carry children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds including evacuation of the building during emergencies.
Demonstrates the following qualities: self-motivated, self-directed, follows directions, makes good judgments, creative, reliable, and dependable.
Exhibits sincere interest in working with children and is knowledgeable regarding children's development and growth.
Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
Upon offer of employment, must complete all forms related to hiring, including Erie’s application and employment status and 3 letters of recommendation. In addition, must complete all DCFS forms, including a Criminal Background Check, Fingerprinting and a Child Abuse and Neglect Background Check.
Erie Neighborhood House is a community service agency founded in 1870 that promotes a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources and collaborative action.