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LEAD TEACHER / Topsham Preschool

August 29, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Location:Topsham, ME
Salary Range:Hourly Wage
Benefits:Woodfords Family Services is able to provide Health, Dental, Life, Short-Term Disability, and Long-Term-Disability insurance for our eligible employees. Time–off benefits and 10 paid holidays are also included. Employees can elect voluntary insurance (Accident, Critical, Whole Life, Supplemental Disability, Cancer and Health) as well. Woodfords offers an annuity, with an employer match of up to 1% after two years of employment.
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Early Childhood Services - Topsham
Description:Woodfords' Family Services welcomes you!

Come join our team as a Lead Teacher at our Topsham, Maine preschool! Woodfords' will provide 3 weeks paid vacation per year for our Lead Teacher employees!

The Lead Teacher is responsible for working with the Program Coordinator/Clinical Director in guiding children toward the fulfillment of their potential for cognitive, social and emotional growth and maturation.


1. Complies with all rules and policies in regards to safety.

2. Complies with all rules, regulations and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook, Operations Manual, Program Handbook and the Rules for Licensing Childcare Facilities.

3. Develops each child’s individual goals and objectives for Individual Education Plan (I.E.P).

4. Maintains positive behavior and offers support to staff in the implementation of new and established plans.

5. In conjunction with the Program Coordinator/Clinical Director completes assessments.

6. Supervises Teacher Assistants/BHPs.

7. Supervises the collection of accurate daily progress notes, incident reports and data collection and forwards all paperwork to the Program Coordinator in a timely manner.

8. In conjunction with the Program Coordinator/Clinical Director provides hands-on training for newly hired Teacher Assistants, as well as on-going training for all staff.

9. As applicable, assists the Program Coordinator/Clinical Director in conducting clinics.

10. Supervises and participates in setting up, including prep material, lesson plans, case management paperwork and maintains the appropriate learning environment.

11. Works with students on a routine basis.

12. Attends and participates in required meetings as necessary, both within Woodfords and outside meetings, i.e. those with Child Development Services (CDS, DHHS, and area schools).

13. Works in collaboration with therapists and other members of the child’s team.

14. Meets routinely with the Program Coordinator/Clinical Director for supervisory meetings.

15. Maintains discretion and confidentiality of child and family information at all times.

16. Alerts Program Coordinator/Clinical Director to any problems or social information about an individual child.

17. Assumes responsibility for the learning environment in the absence of the Program Coordinator/Clinical Director.

18. Communicates professionally at all times with consumers, family members, consultants, elementary school personnel, referral sources and other providers.

19. Functions as a model for staff while performing daily activities such as, but not limited to, reading, playing and doing activities with the children, changing diapers, food preparation, as well as the cleaning and organizing of the physical space.

20. Actively participates in pre-service and in-service information and training sessions.
Qualifications:Job Requirements

1. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. with good body mechanics.

2. Must be able to bend and stoop with ease and must be able to assist in lifting children without risk of injuring themselves, the child they are assisting or their fellow employees.

3. For those employees born after 1956, immunization records that show up-to-date DTaP vaccines information (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), as well as up-to-date records on MMR (Mumps, Measles and Rubella).

For licensing purposes, a letter from a physician stating they possess the mental, physical and emotional health to carry out the position of Lead Teacher

Education Requirements

1. A minimum of a Bachelors’ Degree, in special education, early childhood or a related field and ;.

2. A minimum of an Ed. Teach III Certificate; and a conditional or full 282 Certification; full 282 certification preferred, from the Maine Department of Education; as well as Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) certification.

3. A minimum of two years’ experience working with preschool-aged children

4. Training and experience implementing Applied Behavior Analysis procedures in educational settings.

5. Experience at the Teacher Assistant I level.

6. Must be an American Citizen or maintain legal alien status.

7. Must be CPR and First Aid certified or willing to obtain credentials upon hire.

8. Must be certified in Safety Care or willing to obtain credentials upon hire.

9. Must have a valid driver’s license.

10. Must possess the ability to deal with the stress of the position, and present strong organizational skills.

11. Must be proficient in Microsoft office and other Preschool Software programs.

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