PRESCHOOL TEACHER (Floating teacher/administrative aide)
Loyola University Chicago - Chicago, IL

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The floating teacher will provide a safe, warm, nurturing and interesting environment where children are free to explore, learn and grow in all areas of development. The floating teacher will support the lead teachers in classroom set up, as well as curriculum development as needed and will provide release time for lead teachers and assistant teachers. The teacher will be the "floater" for all classrooms, working in whatever classroom has a staff person out of the classroom.

- Supports the teachers in offering a program that meets the emotional, physical, intellectual and social needs of both the individual child and the group.
- Interacts with children in a way that encourages children to be actively involved in the learning process, to experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials, and to pursue their own interests in the context of life in the community and the world.
- Supports the lead teacher in providing a warm and inviting environment that is orderly, clean and appealing which permits children to safely explore and experiment.
- Uses appropriate and positive discipline.
- Assists in daily operations of a preschool program (diapering, cleaning, activities, nap time, etc.).
- Participates in the planning and implementation of lessons, activities and the environment based on developmental goals.
- Assists teacher with daily notes and newsletters.
- Assists l teacher in maintaining all records and files which includes children's files containing emergency information, attendance records, diaper charts, etc.
- Attends staff orientation, team meetings, evening family functions and professional conferences.
- Notifies the director of any concerns regarding the children, parents, classroom safety, supplies and equipment.
- Maintains familiarity with state and city regulations, specifically Mandatory Reporter requirements.
- Demonstrates positive and productive work ethic, including timeliness, dependability, attitude and communication.
- Maintains personnel records required by the university (time cards, up to date addresses, evaluations, etc), as well as files specific to DCFS regulations (every other year physical, etc.)
-Supports the director in administrative tasks as assigned
- Participates in appropriate university sponsored events.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the lead teacher and director.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or related field, with a minimum of six credit hours completed in early childhood development; must continue to participate in professional conferences, in-service meetings and/or other course work in order to develop as an early childhood professional.

Communication - The teacher must have good written and verbal communications with children, parents and other staff.

Problem Solving - The teacher must be able to asses a situation and respond quickly, creatively and constructively if a problem develops. The assistant teacher should make use of all resources including the teacher and director in order to address and resolve a problem.
Interpersonal - The teacher must be able to work cooperatively and positively with children, families and staff.

Diversity - The teacher must show an appreciation of racial and ethnic diversity and be supportive and respectful of all types of families.

Supervision - The must be able to effectively provide supervision to university student workers. The teacher must be able to set appropriate standards of behavior and provide guidance and support for university students.

Judgment - Must show evidence of emotional maturity and stability and exercise sound judgment. Must maintain confidentiality.

Desire to learn - Must seek out learning opportunities, stay current in the field and be open to new ways of programming.

Responsibility - Must be committed to the well-being of individual children and their families and willing to put the needs of children first.

Qualified candidates must be able to lift preschool age children.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by those assigned to this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with the position. Loyola management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.

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