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HS/GSRP Lead Teacher
Job Code:2022-STURGIS- 005
Location:Sturgis, MI
Department:Lead Teacher
FT/PT Status:Full Time
Pay Range($):18.52-20.18
Job Responsibilities:


· All other duties as assigned by direct supervisor or management.

· Assess individual child and group needs, and make appropriate referrals.

· Assist and support in the orientation and training of aides, assistant teachers and substitutes.

· Assist other classroom staff in providing a variety of ways to ensure frequent and consistent contacts with families, such as newsletters, telephone contacts and face to face conversations.

· Assist in the recruitment of children and families to our HS/EHS/GSRP programs.

· Attend parent meetings and orientations.

· Be responsible for delegating classroom responsibilities to assistants, aides and/or volunteers.

· Comply with Agency’s Mission and Culture statements.

· Comply with program and Agency policies and procedures.

· Conduct required regular home visits and conferences.

· Create and utilize lesson plans, based on Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), Creative Curriculum and HSPPS, that reflect parental/cultural influences, and promotes the children’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

· Establish daily and weekly goals, which promote individual and group educational plans and include parental involvement.

· In advance of classroom experiences, prepare materials to support lesson plans and the curriculum.

· Maintain accurate written records; including but not limited to: assessments, screening instruments, and anecdotal observations and portfolios.

· Provide one-on-one assistance to help individual classroom staff on classroom training needs.

· Responsible to keep assigned work area or classroom clean and assist in facility checks and miscellaneous housekeeping duties as assigned by direct supervisor.

· Share information regarding child progress with team members, gather information on home issues and make referrals to Family Workers for emergency family support.

· Work in collaboration with special needs staff to meet children’s needs as specified on the Individual Education Plan.

Physical Requirements:


All ECS employees must:

· Hold a valid driver’s license and maintain a satisfactory driver’s record.

· Have access to dependable transportation.

· Be able to bend, swoop, move swiftly, and lift up to 45lbs.

Covid-19 Vaccination: Per the office of Head Start, all Education and Children's Service staff are to be fully vaccinated by 1/31/2022.  Community Action will follow federal law for accommodation requests.  

If requested, reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities for any part of the employment process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Qualifications & Education:


Education: This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor Degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or related field as defined by the State of Michigan Child Care Licensing qualifications for program director or an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, five (5) years of classroom experience and actively pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field as defined by the State of Michigan Child Care Licensing qualifications for program director until completion.

Must also meet State of Michigan director qualifications for child care. 18 credit hours of coursework in early childhood and child care administration are required.

Experience: Experience in supervising and ensuring a safe learning environment for children. Two years’ experience preferred.


· Ability to apply Early Childhood Development theory in daily classroom activities, and adapt to the individual needs of children.

· Working knowledge of available community resources.

· Knowledge of typical behaviors/expectations of three and four year old children

· Ability to supervise and ensure a safe learning environment for children.

· Ability to adapt curriculum to meet the needs of all children.

· Willingness to continue professional growth through continued education.

· Ability to monitor and guide classroom staff.

· Intermediate level computer skills with experience in the Agency's software programs (Microsoft Windows, Outlook, Word, and Excel) required. ChildPlus experience preferred.


Employees within this classification are required to show:

· Ability to pass a pre-employment drug screen and random screenings as needed.

· Criminal background investigation every two years.

· Pass a physical examination and Tuberculosis (TB) test with negative results upon hire.

· Current First Aid and CPR certification.


Employment is also subject to a 90-day introductory period

Special Consideration
Certification and Licensure