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Lead Teacher (Lew Williams Early Learning Center)

Lead Teacher (Lew Williams Early Learning Center)

Job Description

The Lead Teacher is responsible for providing direct supervision and care to children.  Lead Teachers are expected to challenge children by providing activities that will promote literacy, language, and problem solving development by creating a caring environment based on positive guidance and authoritative relationships.  All children are expected to have successful outcomes.  Lessons and activities are to be age appropriate.  All staff are expected to be engaged, positive and active at all times.


  • Assures the safety, welfare, and well-being of the children who are in care.  Assures program compliance with all licensing, monitoring, and agency requirements.

  • Assists in implementing a program which is innovative, educational, reflective of the agency goals and values, developmentally appropriate, and responsive to the needs of the parents and communities being served.

  • Remains in compliance of USDA and Head Start regulations.  Meals and snacks must meet all standards at all times.

  • Models good nutrition and proper social skills for preschool children. Participate in family style eating with the children at all meal times.

  • Attends all staff meetings, training events, workshops and maintains required level of training hours with required documentation. 

  • Participates in professional development goals and objectives. Must be willing to be videotaped and be a part of reflective meetings.

  • Informs the assistant director of needed program supplies and materials in a timely manner.

  • Assists in maintaining passing scores on monitoring and licensing inspections.  Achieves very good to excellent ratings on satisfaction surveys and reports.

  • Meets weekly with planning team and with teacher assistants to dialogue, reflect, and plan.  Teacher assistants are guided in these meetings to help the teacher with preparation and classroom activities.

  • Prepares lesson plans one week in advance.  Develops and implements plans for the class, small groups, and individual children.  Plans will be based on the needs of the child(ren).

  • Provides children with a consistent classroom routine.

  • Improves the school readiness of children by developing their literacy and language skills, and their problem solving abilities. 

  • Implements ongoing assessment by recording and documenting children’s progress throughout the week.

  • Completes Integrated Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) for children with disabilities. 

  • Creates and implement an individual learning plan.

  • Provides positive guidance and discipline strategies that support and teach children.

  • Addresses challenging behaviors by observing to determine possible causes, to implement preventive measures, to teach the child new social and communication skills, and to partner with families to support the child at home.

  • Establishes positive and productive relationships with families.  Encourages parental involvement at all levels of the program.

  • Builds and maintains a positive, supportive, caring relationship with peers, families, and children.  Provides honest, respectful, and frequent two-way communication.

  • Conducts home visits and parent teacher conferences throughout the year.

  • Participates in parent orientation and parent trainings. Plans and implements home/school connection activities monthly.

  • Be familiar with National Head Start Standards and NAEYC accreditation.

  • Serves as a mentor/coach to teacher assistants.

  • Be open to visitors perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree with credits in early childhood education, six of which must meet the “staff member in charge" criteria set forth by Licensing Board.  Requires at least two years’ experience teaching preschool children.  Knowledge of HeadStart Standards preferred.  Experienced with Project Approach or Tools of the Mind preferred.


Must earn the Part 1 and Part 2 DCF requirements before being hired.  This includes Early Literacy Training. Must begin the DCF’s Infant/Toddler Appropriate Practices within thirty days of hire to work with ones or two’s.

Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area.

Job Snapshot

Base Pay $15.00 /Hour
Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Engineering
Education 4 Year Degree
Experience At least 2 year(s)
Manages Others Not Specified
Relocation No
Industry Not for Profit - Charitable
Required Travel Not Specified
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Lead Teacher (Lew Williams Early Learning Center)

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