Employment Listings: Head Start- Lead Teacher

Head Start- Lead Teacher
Department: Head Start
City/State: Livingston
Type: Full Time
Contact Name: Karen Williams
Contact Email: personnel@actribe.org
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

the classroom.

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.

Written Documentation:

• 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


Curriculum Development:

• 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

on confidentiaiity.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required

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

professional staff.

• Excellent communication and listening skills.

• Must have knowledge of available community resources and Head Start

program components

• 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

children's needs.

• Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.

Position Information

• Nine months program year.

• Orientation and training required before opening day


Sick Leave




Worker's Comp