Lutheran Social Services of the South Early Childhood Teacher in Houston, Texas

Upbring School in Houston, TX is seeking an Early Childhood Teacher committed to providing a positive, age-appropriate, structured, stimulating, and nurturing learning environment for our children aged infant through 6 years.

Why should you join Upbring?

Why work at Upbring? It’s quite simple – when you go to work surrounded by people just as passionate as you, it doesn’t feel like work.

At Upbring, we’re changemakers determined to create a world where all children are loved, protected and cherished. Inspired by faith, we are both warriors and servants for children and families. We’ve been helping children thrive for more than 135 years, and we’re not stopping. Our mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. And as we accomplish this mission, we have an opportunity to shape not only the way we deliver our programs and services but the way Texas treats children.

The children we serve have dreams, talent and so much potential – but they need dedicated, skillful and compassionate individuals to help them succeed. Our employees are champions for Texas children who give their all to create brighter futures. When you work at Upbring, you’re not just collecting a paycheck; you’re playing a key role in breaking the cycle of child abuse.

Upbring offers an environment of growth from within, collaboration, innovation and ongoing training to bring you to the next level.

Essential Duties

  • Structure all learning experiences that teach/lead students into a growing relationship with Christ and assist students in achieving their potential.

  • Set professional ethics at all times and demonstrate a loving, Christ-like character to ensure students exhibit the same values.

  • Cooperate and support the administration in implementing all policies, procedures and directives governing the operation of the school.

  • Attend and actively participate in scheduled devotionals, in-service meetings, retreats, open houses, parent conferences, and committee and faculty meetings.

  • Keep students, parents and the administration adequately informed of progress or deficiencies and give sufficient notice of failure.

  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality on private and personal matters.

  • Recognize the need for good public relations. Represent the school in a favorable and professional manner to the school's constituency and the general public.

  • Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff by treating others with friendliness, dignity, and consideration.

  • Develop and implement center-based daily lesson plans as part of a long-term scope and sequence aligned to the curricular goals of Upbring Schools.

  • Maintain a clean and attractive classroom environment.

  • Set measurable, ambitious and attainable goals for the year and each interim assessment cycle.

  • Employ a variety of creative, differentiated, research-based instructional strategies that ensure students are actively engaged in meaningful and rigorous learning experiences.

  • Plan through approved channels the balanced classroom uses of field trips, guest speakers and other media.

  • Use a variety of rigorous formative and summative assessments to evaluate individual academic progress and adjust instructional plans to meet the needs of students.

  • Maintain accurate and complete records, including but not limited to attendance, behavior, student achievement, data, grades, progress reports, parent communication, textbooks, etc.

  • Supervise extra-curricular activities, organizations and outings as assigned.

  • Utilize educational opportunities and evaluation processes for professional growth.

  • Provide input and constructive recommendations for administrative and managerial functions in the school.

  • Perform any other duties which may be assigned by the administration.

Working Relationships

  • Collaborate with team members to ensure a loving, rigorous, and safe environment across the entire school.

  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication, providing accessibility to students and families beyond the course of the typical school day.

  • Work as team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external school families that reflect positively on the school and is consistent with school policies and practices and code of ethics.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or different field with a minimum of 30 credit hours in Early Childhood Education

  • 2 years of experience in early childhood education or with infants and toddlers in an educational setting

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum with emphasis on hands-on learning

  • Demonstrated ability to manage the classroom and work well under pressure

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members

  • Strong computer skills; high proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally; interact with all levels of management in a clear and concise manner

  • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize competing tasks, requests and projects and meet deadlines

  • Strong written and verbal communication; able to produce quality well-written documents, reports, and correspondence

  • Ability to work independently and within a team with limited supervision; ability to take initiative

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current Teacher Certification

  • 3 years of experience in early childhood education or with infants and toddlers in an educational setting

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and conversational, based on service area and service population)

  • Spiritually mature Christian active in the worship life of his/her church

  • LCMS qualification by Lutheran Teacher Diploma or Colloquy

  • CPR/First Aid Certification

ID: 2018-2858

Shift/Hours: 1st Shift

External Company Name: Lutheran Social Services of the South

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