Responsible for (1) building on child and family strengths to support school readiness goals and social competence; (2) managing the classroom in a manner that creates a stimulating and nurturing environment for the growth, well-being and development of the child; (3) establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment; (4) advancing social, physical and intellectual competence through positive guidance and intentional learning experiences that build on strengths and are responsive to each child's needs; (5) establishing positive and productive relationships with families and engaging them in their child's learning.
Responsible for incorporating Catholic Charities mission, vision, values and philosophies into daily work and demonstrating a positive attitude and commitment to excellence.
JOB DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Ensure that children are properly supervised at all times and take appropriate safety precautions for children's well-being.
• Convey messages which are respectful, patient, relaxed and demonstrate an interest in the child. All interactions will help the children to feel valuable, competent and cared for. Identify and show respect for a child's culture and home environment.
• Select materials and equipment and arrange the classroom to provide a well-managed, welcoming environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the developmental level of the children.
• Implement the designated curriculum using curriculum guides and other materials that addresses the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of children and is consistent with Head Start Performance Standards and Catholic Charities mission, vision and values.
• Develop lesson plans and incorporate into classroom instruction, the principles of individualized instruction based on on-going assessment of the progress and accomplishments of each child. Create a learning environment that will appropriately nurture and support each child's growth and development
• Provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities, experiences and activities that:
o Help children acquire and use language as a means of communicating their needs, thoughts, and feelings.
o Support the physical development of children.
o Stimulate children to explore and express their creative abilities in music, movement, art, and dramatic play.
o Encourage reasoning, problem solving, curiosity, and persistence.
o Support the development of healthy social emotional development
• Provide appropriate classroom support for children with special needs in consultation with parents/guardians. Make appropriate referrals based on ongoing assessment and attend meetings as required to discuss children's progress. Implement Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) goals into classroom planning.
• Establish productive collaborative relationships with families such that positive communication between home and school is routine. Include families in the educational process and encourage their participation in the Center's activities.
• Serve as a resource for families and other staff members. Schedule and implement regular parent conferences and conduct home visits following center guidelines.
• Support Class Committee Meetings as needed to optimize parent participation and program goals.
• Complete screening and on-going assessment for each child, prepare and implement individual development plans for each child and document progress in the data tracking system.
• Maintain required records including but not limited to: observations, screenings, assessments, IDPs, meal counts, and attendance.
• Coordinate team planning sessions with co-teacher. Classroom decisions will be made together acting in full partnership for classroom planning, changes to classroom environment and functioning.
• Work cooperatively and collaboratively with other staff members in the implementation of Center plans, activities, policies, procedures and other rules/guidelines.
• Train, collaborate and assist in the supervision of assigned Assistant Teachers, Volunteers,
• Student Teachers and Interns.
• Demonstrate awareness of position as role model
• Comply with federal, state and local guidelines and with the policies and procedures of the Maryland State Office of Child Care, Head Start and Catholic Charities.
• Attend and participate in staff meetings and staff development activities and training
• Keep informed of changes in the field of early childhood education and share knowledge with co-workers.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:
Teacher A- 90 hour child care certificate and one year of experience w/ infants, toddlers or preschool children. Teachers in an infant room must also have completed 45 clock hours of infant/toddler coursework. 60 hours of infant/toddler specific coursework can be substituted for the 90 hour child care certificate + 45 hours of infant/toddler coursework. One year of college can be substituted for experience or a combination of experience and college. Must also have 9 clock hours of approved training in communication or completed one college course for credit. Must have or be able to apply for a Child Development Certificate (CDA) within one year of hire.
Teacher I- AA in Early Childhood Education; or an AA in a related field and a 90 hour child care certificate, and experience teaching infants/toddlers or preschool-age children. If degree is not in ECE, must be able to apply for a Child Development Certificate (CDA) within one year of hire.
Teacher II- Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education; or a BA in related field and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool-age children; or a Bachelor's degree 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; and a 90 hour child care certificate, or a Child Development Certificate (CDA).
Teacher III- Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE); or a MA in related field and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool-age children;.
Requires the ability to utilize computer systems and software necessary to perform position functions.
All Teachers must begin the application for a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) credential within six months of employment or within one year if no ECE experience at time of hire. Once this credential is received, it is the employee's responsibility to maintain current status
The position requires extended periods of standing and frequent reaching, bending, lifting, walking, stooping, sitting, including sitting on the floor, and the ability to move freely throughout the building including climbing stairs in those buildings where there isn't an elevator. Must have the ability to respond to a child in distress and have the ability to lift up to 25 lbs. regularly. Must have visual and hearing acuity and clear speech sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job effectively and the flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the program.
SKILLS / COMPETENCIES:
All levels of teachers must have the ability to: direct the work of others; facilitate meetings; must be willing and able to accompany the children on field trips and to actively participate with them in other activities.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES COMMITMENTS:
The responsibilities of this position must be consistently performed using the following behaviors:
1. Honor and respect the Dignity of every person.
2. Encounter each person with Compassion.
3. Act with Humility.
4. Reach out to others in a spirit of Collaboration.
5. Serve with Excellence.
6. Act with Integrity in everything you do.
Catholic Charities of Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer.