The Infant Lead Teacher is responsible to be the dynamic link between the child and the prepared environment in a Montessori classroom for children 6 weeks through 18 months of age. The Teacher creates a positive learning environment guided by the Montessori philosophies and curriculum. The Teacher addresses each child’s development needs and continues to move them along the developmental continuum. The Teacher communicates frequently with parents in a positive, educational and supportive manner. The Lead Teacher is a team player and is enthusiastic while collaborating with colleagues and administration.
· Perform duties as the lead teacher in the Infant classroom, plus direct the work and activities of the Assistant Teacher(s).
· Prepare the infant classroom environment each day to address the needs of the children.
· Utilize careful observation and plan for each child’s developmental strengths and challenges.
· Maintain a nurturing and patient stature to facilitate a content, calm and positive atmosphere.
· Attend to the nutritional needs of each child, including bottle-feeding as well as offering foods when appropriate.
· Attend to the personal hygiene of each child,including changing diapers or soiled clothing and washing hands.
· Train the Assistant Teacher to care for the environment, care for the storage of materials, work with the children,and to support the Lead Teacher.
· Communicate well and frequently with parents as well as collaborates with colleagues and administration.
· Update and maintain information in the school’s online system for timely communication with parents.
· Ensure that all state and local requirements are met for the supervision of the children.
· Make judicious use of the budget provided for class needs, ensuring that the environment is properly equipped and organized to meet the children’s needs.
· Attend scheduled staff meetings,community events and other meetings identified.
· Attain state mandated training hours utilizing your own time as necessary and follow all state and local laws,regulations, policies and procedures.
· Support the social and emotional development of children
· Ensure the classroom environment is conducive to learning and appropriate to the physical, social,and emotional development of students with an emphasis on language development and emergent literacy skills utilizing mobiles, movement mats, and low shelves.
The Lead Teacher should have at least one year of experience working with infants and/or children under the age of 3, preferably in a Montessori environment.
CDA and/or Minimum of 9 early childhood credits working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in an Early Childhood field of study.
Lead Teacher Certification for a 0-3 Montessori Classroom or working toward the completion of an AMS/AMI/MACTE credential
The teacher must be able to perform light physical work and have the ability to lift and carry children weighing approximately 14 to 50 pounds. The teacher will be required to bend, crouch, lift, kneel and other physical activity as they address the needs of the student. There may be occasions when the teacher will need to assist in the personal hygiene of a student. The person in this position is responsible for maintaining performance under pressure, and handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. This position description is subject to modification.
Hours of Employment:
Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, to be finalized upon hiring.
Job Type: Full-time
Interested applicants should email their resume to:
Jennifer Fuggini at email@example.com