This position is for 6.5 hours at 184 days per year.
Pre-employment physical and drug testing required.
If you are a current employee please apply through the "Internal" link found at the top of this page (this does not include substitutes).
This position's responsibilities are to provide instruction and conduct non-instructional activities in a classroom setting for preschool students, to test and evaluate students, to develop a classroom schedule, and to prepare and implement lesson plans following program guidelines.
As modified by specific program requirements, and depending upon the individual assignment, the ECEAP/Headstart Instructor may perform all or a combination of the following:
1. Evaluates the needs of individual children using a variety of screening tools, observation techniques and other information sources in terms of physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. Writes Individualized Learning Plans for each child; documents student growth as activities are planned and carried out for them. Modifies curricula to meet needs of special education and English as a Second Language children.
2. Works with assistants and volunteers to construct a daily schedule of classroom routines and activities; participates in all aspects of the program including meals, bus duty and outdoor time. Prepares and implements lesson plans following program standards and educational service district work plans.
3. Maintains records of student progress as required for compliance with program standards and educational service district work plans.
4. Encourages parent involvement and participates in various programs such as parent meetings, trainings and family oriented activities. Conducts home visits to better understand students' home and social environment. Maintains contact with families by telephone, newsletters and notes. Participates in staff meetings with children and their families; updates individual learning plans.
5. Participates in a variety of meetings and training sessions. Meets regularly with classroom assistants, family service worker, health clerk and service worker coordinator to evaluate action plans for each student. Keeps abreast of developments in the Early Childhood Education field.
6. Develops transition plan from program to regular school system. Involves parents in transition; arranges visits to kindergartens; follows program standards.
7. Orders, supervises and inventories classroom supplies. Monitors classroom budget.
8. Instructs students in a variety of settings and subjects; promotes student understanding of materials presented. Provides encouragement, reinforcement and achievement of educational objectives and goals that have been established.
9. Supervises student behavior in classroom, when boarding buses, on field trips and at other sites; promotes safe and appropriate student behavior. Corrects behaviors and maintains discipline according to established policies and procedures. Instructs students in behavioral rules and codes for student safety, socialization and individual growth.
10. Assists students with interpersonal and personal skills mastery; listens to student confidences and refers problems to specialists or administrators as appropriate. Consults with qualified district staff concerning specific situations.
11. May provide physical assistance to handicapped students, such as lifting and positioning or assistance with personal hygiene.
12. Plans, implements and supervises field trips. Organizes classroom visits by community resources, such as the fire department.
13. Warms meals, serves food, washes dishes, wipes tables and counters, and disinfects surfaces and equipment.
14. Monitors need for first aid for injured or ill students and refers for treatment as appropriate.
15. Maintains appropriate records and documentation to meet program standards.
16. Locates, develops and/or modifies materials for student use, enrichment activities and special projects.
17. Prepares, duplicates, collates and distributes material; operates a variety of office equipment.
18. Maintains physical appearance and hygiene of classroom and other areas; maintains, assembles and stores playground equipment as necessary.
19. May serve on various district committees and/or departmental work teams. Models appropriate and cooperative behavior, including protecting confidential information, consistent with district ethical guidelines.
20. Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.
Reports to the Director of Special Services.
Experiences frequent interruptions; required to deal with a wide range of student behaviors, and academic and physical abilities. May occasionally deal with distraught or difficult individuals; required to adapt to a variety of home environments and model appropriate and effective behavior therein.
Potentially exposed to ordinary infectious diseases carried by students; exposed to student noise levels; may be required to occasionally lift and position students and assist with personal hygiene; playground and bus activity requires working outdoors in inclement weather; may be required to lift, move or carry heavy equipment or supplies; may need to take precautions to avoid exposure to student bodily fluids and cleaning or disinfecting compounds; required to drive to various sites; home visits require safety awareness and precautions against unrestrained animals and possible domestic disturbances; cooking and food preparation in presence of students requires high safety awareness; required to work in non-routine positions such as crouching or bending for extended periods of time.
Education and Experience
Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and at least two (2) years of successful experience working with preschool or kindergarten children required. Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development preferred.
Such alternatives to the above qualifications that the district may find appropriate and acceptable.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Skill in developing a daily classroom program. Skill in designing lesson plans. Skill in organizing classroom environment. Skill in presenting program materials to preschool students. Ability to train and direct assistants, volunteers and parents. Skill in evaluating the needs of individual students. Skill in maintaining accurate records and ability to submit records according to established time lines. Demonstrated skill in reading, writing and communicating. Thorough knowledge of basic subject areas. Ability to deal with students in a warm and confident manner. Ability to remain flexible and change learning plans and schedules as necessary for student development. Skill in time management. Ability to organize activities. Ability to give instructions to others. Ability to be fair and consistent when working with students. Knowledge of and ability to implement effective behavior management techniques. Knowledge of and ability to implement effective instructional techniques. Knowledge of student safety rules and procedures. Ability to use computers and various software packages for student instruction and record keeping. Skill in the use of general office machines. Skill in problem solving. Ability to use discretion in dealing with student, staff and parent confidences. Ability to maintain positive interactions with students' families. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents and staff.
Requires fingerprinting and background check to determine that there have been no convictions involving physical molestation, abuse, injury or neglect of a minor. Must complete training in and adhere to district infection control plan. Requires first aid and CPR certification and valid Washington state food handlers' permit. May require valid Washington state driver's license for conducting home visits. Requires hepatitis-B immunization. Passage of a pre-placement physical and testing is required of this position (the district will assume the cost).
Bethel School District - 17 months ago