Overview

Knowledge Universe (KU) Lead Teachers are classroom leaders who inspire children and teachers alike to learn and grow. They are passionate about educational excellence, and confident teaching children and adults. They use our nationally recognized curriculum as a framework to create unique and engaging classroom experiences.   They are committed to making their center successful and know that meaningful relationships with children, families, and their team are important to success. They are fully engaged, enthusiastic about their work, and eager to share their knowledge with others. Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions  These are the basic expectations for Lead Teachers. Of course, creative and new ways to meet or exceed expectations are encouraged, so long as the required essential functions are also met. Lead Teachers in Your Classroom and/or Age Group  Lead Act as the “principal” of your classroom/age group.  Set a good example and make decisions that support both teachers and children.  Model Be seen as a role model for less experienced teachers.  Mentor Share your knowledge about teaching and KU-specific practices with teachers.  Coach Teach teachers to problem solve, gain confidence, and learn through modeling, feedback, recognition and other means.   Keep Children Safe  Supervision Ensure children are closely supervised, and Child Supervision Records are used properly.  Health and Safety Keep your classroom clean and tidy. Be aware of your surroundings and take responsibility to report or fix unsafe conditions if you find them.   Positive Child Guidance Ensure only positive child guidance techniques are used at all times.   Licensing Comply with and help teachers learn and follow licensing regulations related to child care in your location.  Create an Unrivaled Education Experience  Planning Meet with teachers to develop weekly plans, activities, and classroom set ups.   Individualized Instruction Use KU’s curriculum to meet each child’s unique needs. Work with an interdisciplinary team to implement IEP’s or IFSP’s for children with varying abilities.   Family Interaction Actively share children’s milestones with their families. Communicate regularly with parents to build meaningful relationships.   Classroom Create learning spaces that support and enhance curriculum activities. Keep classroom supplies, daily records, child information, and more organized.  Organization Keep classroom supplies, daily records, child information, and more organized.  Teaching Guide teachers on how to implement KU’s curriculum to its fullest extent. Model instructional best practices including how to use developmentally appropriate methods and how to adapt instruction to individual learners.  Assessments Complete student assessments using classroom observations. Lead parent conferences.  Support Your Center’s Success  Enrollment Actively help increase enrollment and retention rates.  Community Build professional relationships with agencies and community organizations.  Commitment Come to work on time and ready to give 100% every day.   Cooperation Work encouragingly with your team to achieve the center’s goals.  Accreditation Help teachers learn and demonstrate all “Observable Criteria” needed to gain or maintain accreditation.  Center Tours Welcome and engage prospective families who come for a tour. Speak to the features and benefits of our program offerings such as our curriculum and Learning Adventures. Answer parent questions.   Mandatory Meetings Attend Professional Development Days, center staff meetings, and any meetings outside of your regular schedule that are required by your Center Director.  Embrace Ongoing Learning   Service Values Act as an ambassador of KU’s Service Values by bringing them to life through your actions.  Curriculum Help teachers deepen their knowledge of KU’s curriculum.  Best Practices Seek educational and training opportunities to expand your knowledge about early childhood education. Actively share your own knowledge with teachers.  Technology Learn to use the technology and systems needed for your job, and be willing to learn new programs, applications, systems, or devices as things change.  Be Responsive to Changing Needs  Work Hours Work hours may vary to meet the needs of the children in our care and the center.  Initiative Anticipate and take responsibility for classroom and center needs. Follow through on projects and assignments.  Classroom Assignment Your classroom assignment may change.  Other Duties Take on other duties as needed to contribute to the center’s success.  Skills, Education, and Experience             Required              Approved trainer, or familiarity with adult education training  Demonstrated ability to partner with Center leadership  Demonstrated effective communication skills  Participates in recommended training programs, conferences, courses or other professional growth opportunities  Have active Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential or meet NAEYC candidacy requirements   High School Diploma or equivalent  Must meet state’s education criteria  CPR and 1st Aid Certifications, or willing to obtain  Speak, read, and write English fluently  Basic technology skills (e.g. email)           Preferred                5+ years Early Childhood Education Experience  Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education           Work Environment/Physical Demands              Lead Teachers must be able to adapt and excel in a continuously changing, fast-paced environment, and make the children’s needs their primary focus.   Lead Teachers must be able to fully engage in physical activity. They must be able to kneel, stoop, sit on the floor, stand for a long time, and demonstrate and engage in activities like jumping, dancing, walking, and running.   The ability to lift up to 40 pounds is strongly desired and may be required to work in some classrooms or in the kitchen.  Work is primarily performed at the center. Daily outdoor work is required but work is otherwise indoors. Work is sometimes performed off site for field trips.  Lead Teachers must be able to see and hear well enough to monitor classrooms and playgrounds to keep children safe at all times.             Knowledge Universe – US is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.               Additional Information: