Lead Teachers plan and implement learning experiences that advance the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development of children within a safe, healthy learning environment. They encourage the involvement of the families of the children of the program and support the development of relationships between children and their families.
Interact With Children:
Utilize appropriate language, interactions, and positive discipline.
Model positive behavior.
Instruct, and supervise children in classroom activities.
Implement age appropriate activities that support the Head Start standards, the NAEYC standards and the Creative Curriculum.
Implement and model family style eating during meal times.
Continuously monitor children to ensure safety at all times, and report child abuse and neglect when necessary.
Assess children on a regular basis.
Take pictures and maintain anecdotal notes, written observations, and other approved forms of documentation for each child.
Administer ESI-R screening, NRS, Creative Curriculum, Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Ages and Stages SE Questionnaire.
Utilize research library, research, plan, and develop age appropriate activities for lesson plans.
Incorporate required activities into lesson plan that support children’s development.
Prepare activities that enhance the lesson plans.
Coordinate field trips with Education Coordinator.
Communicate With Parents:
Maintain open communication with parents by scheduling and conducting parent/teacher conferences and home visits.
As a parent advocate, help resolve issues or concerns that are raised.
Inform parents about daily classroom routine, expectations, policies, field trips, and volunteer opportunities.
Communicate with parents about incidents that have been observed and/or recorded on site regarding their child.
Obtain all required classroom parental signatures such as on all incident reports and field trip permission slips.
Design and complete documentation panels for the classrooms and hallways.
Complete all necessary paperwork for classroom activities including meal count sheets, attendance, screenings, parent/teacher conferences, and home visits in a timely manner.
Maintain up to date and accurate education folders to include complete incident reports, permission slips.
Maintain accurate and up to date portfolios.
Maintain classroom supply lists and inventory.
Complete all assessment paperwork, such as Creative Curriculum checklist, and ESIR screenings, according to specified timelines.
Delegate duties as necessary, and give constant feedback to facilitate professional growth.
Process timesheets and vacation requests.
Contribute to assistant teacher’s evaluation.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education from an accredited college or university including required field service.
Must have a Type 04 Certification
Registered Professional Educator License (PEL) with early childhood endorsement.
Bachelor’s Degree with an alternative certification program.
Additional Salary Information: 10 month contract
Internal Number: 01302018
About Mary Crane Center
In 1908, Jane Addams started the Mary Crane Day Nursery at Hull House, after receiving a donation of a building from Richard Teller Crane in memory of his late wife. Hull House turned the Day Nursery over to the National College of Education in 1925, and Jane Addams joined with Edna Dean Baker, president of the College, to pioneer a new way of thinking about early childhood education. Their shared knowledge and firsthand experience of working with children and families was groundbreaking in the efforts to prepare young underprivileged children for success.Originally assisting children of poor immigrants on Chicago’s near West Side, the Center moved north to the Julia C. Lathrop Homes in 1963. In keeping with the spirit of its inception, the Mary Crane Center continues to serve communities in need and has added sites in Rogers Park, Austin and West Garfield Park over the past several years. The Mary Crane Center has launched the lives of over 15,000 children and families.