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Overview A Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at The Goddard School is responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment. Educational Qualifications All candidates who wish to be considered for the position of a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher must meet one or more of the following criteria, in addition to any/all requirements that may be mandated by their state and/or local licensing authorities: • 99-hour Preschool Certification • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Child Development. • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field, including 18 semester hours of completed coursework related to young children birth to age 8. Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Responsibilities A Pre-Kindergarten Teacher responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: Establish and maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment • Develop an appropriate classroom management system to support the goals and developmental level of the children in the classroom • Understand and implement The Goddard School® emergency procedure(s) • Promote healthy eating practices at lunch and snack times • Ensure that children are always within state ratio requirements • Perform nominal cleaning responsibilities (eg, spills) immediately • Adhere to a classroom schedule that meets the needs of the children and includes a routine and learning opportunities • Adhere to all GSI Health and Safety policies and procedures Advance children’s physical and intellectual competence • Adapt program to meet the individual needs of each child • Create a multi-cultural learning environment • Provide a variety of developmentally appropriate materials • Interact with the children to support play, exploration and learning • Encourage children to talk with each other and with the faculty • Present age- and developmentally-appropriate expectations for all children • Create a print-rich environment in order for children to learn about books, literature and writing • Encourage creativity through art, music, dramatic play and blocks • Provide a reasonable balance between teacher-directed and child-directed activities • Provide opportunities for both active and quiet play • Integrate GSI resources (including Enrichment Programs) into lesson plans Support each child’s social and emotional development and provide positive guidance • Plan and implement activities to develop children’s self-esteem and social skills • Plan and implement activities to enable children’s feeling of security • Encourage empathetic and respectful feelings for others, as well as the environment, through positive modeling • Respect cultural and ethnic diversity Establish positive and effective family relations • Communicate, in a professional manner, with families and faculty • Encourage families to become an integral part of their children’s learning experiences • Provide opportunities (e.g., conferences) in which families are made to feel a part of their children’s learning experiences • Prepare a Daily Activity Report for each child • Maintain a portfolio for each child • Maintain the classroom Parent Board Ensure an effective program, responsive to children’s needs • Assess supplies and materials needed to implement activities • Build teamwork • Develop lesson plan books and posted lesson plans • Manage classrooms according to GSI QA Standards • Perform child observations and document in their portfolios • Use assessment tools (eg, Progress Reports, Children’s Progress) Maintain professional commitment • Promote GSI philosophy and educational objectives • Support a code of ethical conduct • Pursue professional development/continuing education • Attend faculty meetings, in-service days, conferences and professional growth opportunities
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