The Preschool Lead Teacher Assistant is responsible for assisting the classroom teacher with the general supervision and management of the Preschool class (3-5 years old) children. This individual will also assist the classroom teacher to execute the Early Childhood Education program in accordance with the goals, objectives and standards set forth by the Orlando Science Center Preschool in alliance with Early Childhood developmentally appropriate practices, FL Department of Children and Families (DCF) licensing requirements, Teaching Strategies “Creative Curriculum”, Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) and NAEYC standards and guidelines. The Preschool Lead Teacher will assist children (3-5 years old) in activities designed to promote social/emotional, physical and intellectual growth needed to be successful individuals related to their peer group, environment and community. Additionally, the Preschool Lead Teacher Assistant will help other Preschool Assistants in conducting the guidelines and standards set forth by the Science Center Preschool in accordance with all standards and requirements.
- Embraces STEM education and informal teaching methodologies and strategies as essential functions of the Science Center Preschool and curriculum approach.
- Assists in the implementation of the daily program under the direction of the classroom teacher, which includes lesson plans and activities.
- Prepares the learning environment indoor and outdoor, setting up interest centers and preparing needed materials and supplies.
- Maintains general daily housekeeping tasks.
- Maintains rules of behavior and procedures in regards to class control.
- Greets all arriving and departing children and their parents/guardian.
- Supervises the classroom when classroom teacher is out of classroom.
- Has open communication (verbal or written) with children, Preschool staff and Director.
- Uses literacy, science, technology, engineering, math and motor development for individual, small and large group activities to provide children opportunities to observe, question and investigate.
- Assists in observation and evaluation of a child’s performance, behavior, social development and physical health under the direction of the classroom teacher. Daily, weekly and monthly Preschool and VPK assessments will be conducted in accordance with guideline and standards.
- Works with other teacher assistants in their daily activities and routines to align with the needs of the Preschool following developmentally appropriate practices and standards.
- Follows and adheres to all administrative policies and rules governing the Preschool and its employees as OSC employees, DCF license and accreditation requirements.
- Works collaboratively with Preschool staff, Director and OSC Education staff to provide appropriate programs, activities and projects.
- Attends professional meetings, educational conferences, workshops and training in order to maintain and improve professional competence. Required number of in-service hours and/or CEUs will be provided according to licensing and accreditation requirements.
- Demonstrates commitment to OSC’s vision, mission, guiding principles and values.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Must be at least 21 years old and meet requirements of the licensing agencies.
- Education: High school diploma. A degree (Associate or above) in Child Development, Early Childhood, PreKindergarten – Primary, or Elementary education, Exceptional Student Education, Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), Florida Department of Education Child Care Apprenticeship Certificate (CCAC), certified National CDA is preferred.
- Experience: Experience working with children 0 – 8 years old.
- Certifications: CPR and Basic First Aid Certification. 45 hours DCF mandated child care courses (must be able to provide a current DCF transcript).
- Clear Level 2 Background screening. May not be on site until this is established.
- Four year old standards.
- Emergent Literacy for VPK.
- Communication skills-presentation, public speaking and written.
- Reliable, organized, self-starter.
- Ability to work with little supervision.
- Active listening, instructing, speaking, reading comprehension, learning strategies, writing, monitoring, time management, and monitoring skills.
- Must be able to stand for extended periods.
- Ability to lift up to 45 lbs.
- Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work involving stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.
- Sensory requirements are visual perceptions and discrimination, oral communication and ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.
Expected Hours of Work:
- This position is required to work the following schedule: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday.
- Occasional weekend hours may be needed.