|Head Start- Lead Teacher|
|Contact Name:||Karen Williams|
|Date Posted:||Nov 8, 2021|
To provide a successful, safe, and supervised educational setting for children while
they are in the Head Start environment (classroom, outdoor play area, and field
trips). To promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of
Head Start children. To ensure that the child receives the school readiness skills
needed to enter the public school system. To promote parent engagement in all
aspects of the program. To develop individual goals for children, provide an on
going assessment on progress of the child and facilitate transition into
Essential Job Responsibilities - Performance Indicators
Child Contact Time:
• Meet the needs of all culturally diverse children in the Polk County Service
• Integrate all Head Start components into classroom time.
• Develop and utilize lesson plans, which reflect mandated elements, parental
and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical, and
cognitive development of Head Start children.
• Develop program school readiness goals and ensure that each child meets
these goals in order to transition to public school.
• Individualize one-to-one and group activities to reflect the unique needs
and strengths of all children in the classroom.
• Follow a consistent schedule, which includes small and large group
experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor
activities, developmental skills, mealtime, and effective transitions between
• Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation,
socialization, and choice-making during classroom time. Ask open-ended
questions and listen respectfully to the answers.
• Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parent engagement in
Work with appropriate agencies in developing specialized planning and/or
training for children/families as needed.
Develop a collaborative approach that benefits ail children in the classroom
and meets the individual education plans of the special needs children.
Supervise and monitor children at all times.
Respond to crisis or emergency situations that may occur. Provide first aid
or CPR in emergency situations, prevent the spread of blood borne
pathogens, and access emergency services as needed.
• Maintain accurate written records; including assessments, special education
documentation, screening instruments, anecdotal observations. Child
Outcomes, documents for transition to public school and parent/teacher
conferences and other required forms
Collaborative Service/Home visits:
• Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings to plan for and deliver
coiiaborative services across all components.
• Conduct two (2) regular home and two (2) parent conferences for
purposes of assessment and support, and to share information on
parenting, educational strategies, and child's progress.
• Attend regular parent meetings to support and contribute classroom
• Assess individual and group needs, attending to specific needs and
interests, strengths and concerns.
• Engage parents in the development of balanced lesson plans, which are
deveiopmentaily appropriate, inteiiectuaily challenging and address the
school readiness goals.
• Establish goals for the child, which will promote individual and group
educational plans and include other Head Start components.
• Prepare classroom materials to support lesson plans; change and create
learning centers as needed.
• Adapt curriculum to address and meet individual goals for children as
identified in their individualized education plans.
• Attend meetings, trainings, and appropriate professional development
• Assure general maintenance and security of facility.
• Assist in inventory of all site equipment.
• Drive or monitor on bus runs each morning and afternoon. Clean, sanitize
and disinfect buses on a weekly basis.
• Other duties as requested.
AH communications are potentiaiiy sensitive and are subject to Head Start's poiicy
Strong knowledge of human development, family dynamics, and the needs of
• Must have an Associate, Baccalaureate (BA) or advanced degree In early
childhood education; or
• An Associate Degree In a field related to early childhood education and
coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education,
with experience teaching preschool age children; or
• A Baccalaureate or advanced degree In any field and coursework
equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with
experience teaching preschool-age children; or
• A Baccalaureate degree In any field and has been admitted Into the Teach
for America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam,
such as the Praxis II, participated In a Teach for America summer training
Institute that Includes teaching preschool children and Is receiving ongoing
professional development and support from Teach for America's
• Excellent communication and listening skills.
• Must have knowledge of available community resources and Head Start
• Must have a valid Texas Driver's License. Must have or be able to obtain
a CDL within 90 days of employment.
• Must have or be willing to obtain CPR & First Aid certification.
• Must have a current Health Card with a negative TB skin test.
• Employment Is conditional pending Immediate enrollment In Child Care
Division - Criminal History Registry-Background Check.
• Must be able to pass a drug screening test
Physical/Mental Abilities and Processes
• Demonstrated ability to supervise preschool children and ensure a safe
learning environment Including the ability to monitor and respond to
events going on at all times. I.e.: classroom, outdoor play areas and on
field trips. This Includes the physical ability to move quickly In order to
respond to children who are very active and may need restraint or
redirection In order to Insure their safety or the safety of others In the
• Ability to respond appropriately (both mentally and physically) to an
emergency or a crisis situation.
• Daily kneeling, stooping, bending, and sitting on the floor to attend to
• Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.
• Nine months program year.
• Orientation and training required before opening day