Christopher House (CH) is searching for Master Teachers looking to grow professionally in the field of Early Childhood Development. Candidates must possess a specialized interest and passion for working with 3-5 year olds.
With a mission to develop independent, creative, lifelong learners, our infant, preschool, elementary and family schools build a community of students, teachers, and parents committed to excellence, achievement and perseverance, respect and compassion, and equality of opportunity.
Christopher House partners with parents to provide a continuum of education for students from birth through high school, as well as immersive family supports that help parents create stable, self-sufficient families. We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction.
Children and families thrive when:
· Education begins at birth and continues throughout life, with parents as a child’s first teacher;
· Home environments nurture literacy, achievement, and children’s success;
· Parents have high standards and set high expectations for themselves, their children, and children’s schools;
· Professionally trained teachers know their students as individuals;
· Evaluations and program improvements are data driven;
· Parents and staff work together to continuously evaluate and improve programming;
· Education includes the development of creativity and perseverance and is multi-disciplinary in order to foster each child’s unique strengths and interests;
· Developing independent, creative, life-long researchers, education must include curriculum designed to help scholars develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively;
· Diversity is celebrated and explored so that learners develop broad perspectives on life and learning; and
· Parents and caregivers support their children financially and emotionally.
· Determine the needs and provide for the development of children ages 3-5
· Work to create a safe environment for children and act as a role model for teaching staff
· Implement and maintain all components regarding children ages 3-5, based on HS, State Pre-K, Child Care and state and local requirements
· Provide technical assistance, advisement, support and role modeling to members of the Preschool and Pre-K (3-5) teaching staff in curriculum and development issues
· Coordinate monthly teacher meetings to ensure on-going cooperation among staff and to ensure that individual teachers are working towards a unified approach to preschooler’s (3-5) development; maintain a strong classroom presence
· Ensure program is in compliance with all curriculum related to funding and licensing requirements pertaining to HS, State Pre-K and Child Care contractual mandates as it relates to child assessment
· Review lesson plans on a weekly basis, make any recommendations for needed changes and follow through on implementation of lesson plans
· Prepare Pre-K reports for the Site Director, Associate Director of ECDS and the state Pre-K Office
· Assist Program Director, ECDS and Site Director in the ongoing process of assuring the highest quality programming and best Practices as well as NAEYC Accreditation and re-accreditation processes occurs at each appropriate site
· Meet with the teaching staff and the Manager of Health and Disabilities to ensure compliance to and an understanding of appropriate health and nutrition practices.
· Coordinate portfolio assessments of all children in a timely manner and conduct classroom observations monthly
· Ensure that parent-teacher conferences are conducted twice a year and assist teachers in both preparation and conducting these conferences, as needed.
· Provide training, support and follow up to program staff regarding the National Reporting System, Creative Curriculum, Portfolio, ESI-R screenings, Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire and Parent Techer Conferences
· Participate in recruitment of teaching staff for the Pre-K Program as needed
· Ensure that each newly hired teacher and Assistant Teacher has an effective orientation to Christopher House, the 3-5 program objectives and to the specific job responsibilities of their position
· Identify opportunities for skills and knowledge enhancement for the staff to Site Director, manage training for the Pre-K staff
· Actively participate in the performance management process for Pre-K and preschool staff
· Strong alignment with Christopher House’s Values and Mission;
· Strong work ethic coupled with a proactive problem-solving approach;
· Three to five years of direct experience working with 3-5 year old’s, preferably in a Head Start or governmentally funded child care program; Supervisory experience is required
· Bi-lingual skills in a variety of languages are a plus
· A Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and a Type 04 Certification from the State of Illinois are required.
Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
If you are interested in the following position please apply