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Preschool Lead Teacher

Open/Closed: 
Open

CATEGORY: Seasonal

SALARY: $14-$17 per hour

SUMMARY: The Preschool Lead Teacher will team with an assistant to create a nurturing environment that fosters social, emotional and cognitive development for each student ranging in age 3-5. The Lead Preschool Teacher is responsible for the lesson planning, curriculum implementation and safety of all participants. They will provide quality customer service to the families, park patrons and Park District staff. The Preschool Lead Teacher is a seasonal employee working roughly 15 hours per week during the months of August-May. Work pace is moderate depending on the task required. The Preschool runs M,W,F from 9:00am-1:30pm.

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: The Preschool Lead Teacher is under the supervision of the Recreation Supervisor.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                                                                        
1. Ensure that regular safety inspections/evacuation drills are performed and that all risk management practices follow Park District safety rules and procedures.
2. Manage classroom behaviors and transitions through redirection.
3. Adapt teaching methods, schedule and environment to meet varying needs, interests and learning styles.
4. Develop, implement and lead lessons/activities that promote age appropriate growth.
5. Maintain accurate daily attendance records and enforce all sign in and sign out procedures.
6. Communicate with parents and supervisor regularly via email, phone, in-person, through monthly calendar distribution and school displays.
7. Observe, evaluate, and document student growth through personal portfolios and individual assessments.
8. Keep the classroom clean, neat and in functioning order.
9. Participate in Teacher Meet and Greet.
10. Perform all other duties as assigned. 
11. Develop a Preschool Curriculum for all preschool classes based on the Kindergarten Readiness.
12. Develop evaluation tools to be used in the preschool classes.
13. Organize parent/teacher conferences twice per school year.
14. Participate in field trips, family nights, and school celebrations.
15. Assist when needed with special projects, programs, or events.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND WORK EXPERIENCE:
1. Experience working with children and leading a classroom.
2. Knowledge of age appropriate activities and child development.
3. Ability to take initiative and problem solve.
4. Demonstrate strong leadership and administrative skills.
5. Flexibility to assist with the physical set up and take down of programs.

DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND TRAITS:
1. Excellent customer service skills, (internal and external customers)
2. Efficient in Microsoft Office and computer skills.
3. Ability to successfully use the secondary electronic devices: copy machine, postage machine, laminator and label maker. 
4. Work well with all departments and personalities.

REQUIRED:
1. The Preschool Lead Teacher should have a state teaching certification and a bachelor’s degree in Education or related field.
    o Minimum of 60 hours of college credit with 18 hours in early childhood education or 30 hours of college credit with 10 hours in early childhood education and 2 years work experience in a day care setting. 
2. Certification in CPR & AED within 1 month of employment.
3. Must provide official transcripts and documentation of work experience in the field of early childhood.
4. Minimum 21 years of age.
5. Additional Early Childhood Enrichment classes as needed.

PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Preschool Lead Teacher may feel added pressure from the volume of students, requests by parents, requirements of teaching. The Preschool Lead Teacher must remain calm and continually make good decisions.

PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Preschool Lead Teacher must be able to bend, stoop, lift items weighing up to 30 pounds, turn, sit, and stand for short or extended periods of time.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Preschool Lead Teacher may be exposed to elements when participating in outdoor activities with participants. Most activities are performed indoors. 

COGNITIVE CONSIDERATIONS: The Preschool Lead Teacher must exhibit good problem-solving ability and good judgment in keeping with the mission of the Park District. 

The Preschool Lead Teacher must follow the loss prevention and safety policies of the Park District. 

The Oakbrook Terrace Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested candidates can contact Taylor Stirmell at (630) 627-6100 or by email at taylor@obtpd.org.