Lutheran Social Services of the South Head Start Substitute Teacher (PRN) in Wharton, Texas

The Substitute Teacher directly facilitates classroom activities to ensure all children in that classroom are provided a safe and positive learning environment for the purpose of advancing their physical and cognitive growth and development in accordance to the state Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations, the Head Start performance standards, the Agency’s school readiness goals, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements in the absence of the assigned Head Start or Early Head Start Teacher.

Essential Duties

  • Follow the schedule and curriculum as planned for the assigned classroom as directed

  • Ensure all children are properly supervised at all times and take appropriate safety precautions for the well-being of all children as directed

  • Ensure all learning activities are facilitated using supporting materials that address the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of the children as directed

  • Work in partnership with the Center Operations Director and/or the teaching team to address problems and/or concerns of children and/or parents/guardians

  • Work in partnership with the Center Operations Director and/or teaching team to include families in the educational process and encourage their participation

  • Demonstrate cultural awareness in sensitivity in the interactions with children, parents/guardians, staff, and community members

  • Adhere to all Agency and Head Start policies, procedures, and protocol as it relates to the health, safety, nutrition, and well-being of the children and the operation of the program

  • Observe and address challenging behaviors to determine possible cause and implement preventive measures, teach a new behavior, and/or communication or social skill to minimize or eliminate the behavior

  • Adhere to and follow policies and procedures for inside and outside classroom environments for children to follow

  • Maintain classroom management and discipline using developmentally appropriate techniques

  • Provide constant supervision of children during indoor and outdoor activities; provide and fosters a safe and secure environment for children indoors and outdoors

  • Work closely with the Center Operations Director to ensure the safety and well-being of children and staff; monitor center environment to ensure the center is safe and free from hazards to the children and staff

  • Respond to emergency situations and/or direct to appropriate management team member or program administration for immediate resolution

  • Complete and maintain accurate documentation, files, and records as required by the Agency, the Head Start Performance Standards, and any other federal, state, or local regulatory requirements as directed

  • Other duties and special projects as assigned

Working Relationships

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with classroom teachers, administrative staff, children, and parents to ensure the children are receiving a quality learning experience

  • Work closely with other classroom teachers to ensure program operations are supporting and meeting program goals and objectives and learning outcomes

  • Work as part of the team and show professionalism at all times by modeling and demonstrating a positive attitude and positive working relationships, while maintaining strong ethical boundaries

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent

  • Basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

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

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work and interact with diverse groups of people

  • Ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members

  • 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 with close attention to detail while meeting deadlines

  • Strong written and verbal communication, including preparation of quality well written documents, reports, and correspondence

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, or in a different field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study

  • Current CDA Certification

  • 1 year teaching experience with a Head Start or school readiness program

  • Experience with inclusion of children with disabilities

  • Knowledge of infant/toddler health and safety licensing requirements

  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) with the ability to fluently converse and write in Spanish (based on student population and service area), highly preferred

  • CPR/First Aid Certification

Career Progression

This position is eligible to move into the Head Start Teacher Assistant, Head Start Teacher, or Early Head Start Teacher positions if the position is available, the employee meets the minimum qualifications, the promotion/transfer eligibility guidelines are met, and the employee is not on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP).

ID: 2018-2850

Shift/Hours: 1st Shift

External Company Name: Lutheran Social Services of the South

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