Preschool Assistant Teacher
Milwaukee, WI 
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Job Description
Position Summary: The Assistant Teacher (AT) is responsible for assisting the Lead Teacher in the daily programming for children enrolled in Early Childhood Education Center at St. Joseph Academy (SJA).  The role includes helping to provide developmentally appropriate practices and high quality early care and education. The AT works in partnership with the Lead Teacher to ensure that the needs of children and their families are understood and communicated as one of the primary SJA liaisons.

The AT implements the early childhood program within local, state and federal guidelines, rules, regulations and laws, Wisconsin licensing, and accreditation standards.  

Job Duties
 
Quality Assurance 
  • Ensures consistent compliance and meets all YoungStar, licensing and accreditation regulations
  • Teaching practices that are planned and executed reflect developmentally appropriate curriculum for children
  • Classroom environment is in compliance with licensing standards: cleaned; well-organized; maintained and refreshed with appropriate learning centers, displays and bulletin boards
  • Educational materials and toys are cleaned, sanitized, in good repair, stored and organized to optimize child safety and use
  • Maintains and refreshes well designed, child-focused bulletin boards that reflect children’s work and interests
  • Develops and implements lesson plans in accordance with the Creative Curriculum, SJA philosophy and policies
  • Enforces policies and procedures that ensure our compliance with the WI Department of Children and Families licensing requirements and accreditation standards
  • Maintains supervision of children assigned to him/her at all times--alert to signs of illness or stress; informs Program Supervisor regarding children who may be showing signs of physical, emotional, or developmental problems
Customer Relations
  • Ensures each family’s right to information about their child’s progress while maintaining privacy and confidentiality, at all times
  • Extends excellent service to all children and families
  • Communicates verbally and in writing all pertinent information to assist in family satisfaction
  • Establishes appropriate relationships with children, parents/guardians, staff, and the public which ensures a safe environment that protects children/families’/staff rights
  • Fosters an environment that allows children, their families and staff to develop to their fullest potential
  • Cultivates positive relationships with children, parents and families
  • Assists children and parents in orienting to- and making a smooth transition from home to Center and from classroom to classroom
  • Solicits information from families about their cultural background and interests
  • Maintains day-to-day communication with parents, including interpretation and follow through of the SJA philosophy and policies
  • Participates in family-centered events within the Center and the community
Child Outcomes
  • Ensures children have the opportunity to learn, progress and achieve developmentally appropriate outcomes
  • Assists in developing lesson plans that are hands-on, developmentally appropriate, and incorporate activities which reflect the interests and life experiences of the children assigned—consistent with Creative Curriculum objectives
  • Informs parents of their child’s developmental progress at least quarterly
  • Assists in completing developmental assessment of individual children within the class and meet with families to discuss the assessment twice yearly
  • Helps to establish and maintains individual child and classroom portfolios—transferring portfolios as the child matriculates through the Center
  • Assesses the assigned children and uses information to plan and execute lessons
  • Helps to maintain assessment records including written anecdotal notes on the attainment and progress towards each developmental goal
  • Helps to maintain child and classroom records including weekly menus, meal counts, child attendance, and enrollment records
  • Responds quickly and directly to the needs of children
Staff Collaboration
  • Collaborates with teaching staff to plan, organize, and implement daily program plans, curricula and materials
  • Collaborates with classroom staff to develop a monthly classroom newsletter
  • Collaborates with classroom staff to plan and implement a daily schedule
  • Collaborates with other staff to create team environment
  • Communicates pertinent information with members of the team and appropriate departments to ensure response to parent/guardian requests, concerns, or issues
Professional Development
  • Participates in meetings, in-service training, staff meetings, workshops and other activities that improve the program, communication, and problem solving
  • Maintains required continuing education hours.
  • Advocates for issues that impact the early childhood community
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications
 
  • AA degree in early childhood education or related field preferred (Staff meeting minimum requirement of a, Child Development Associate (CDA) or successful completion of 12 college credits in early childhood education; must agree to obtain professional credentials within 2 years of accepting the position)
  • 1+ years experience within early care working in a licensed childcare setting
  • Bilingual speaker (Spanish) preferred
  • Exemplary interpersonal, collaborative, and planning skills
  • Interest and ability to support children and their families
  • Ability to analyze an issue, identify options, and implement solutions
  • Ability to work cooperatively with people in and outside of the Education/Childcare Services department
  • Ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) and effectively interact with children, their family members, management, and staff members
  • Ability to respond positively to work direction and guidance from others
  • Ability to work independently, managing multiple demanding tasks under critical timeframes

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities

 

Job Summary
Start Date
Immediate
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
40
Work Hours (i.e. shift)
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Salary and Benefits
$12-14
Required Education
Associate Degree
Required Experience
1+ years
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