Preschool Teacher - Atherton (Kailua)

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The Preschool Teacher is responsible, under the direction of the Center Director, for overseeing the operations in a class room.  May be floating, part time or full time. 

Responsible, under the supervision of the Center Director, for establishing and implementing goals and objectives meeting a developmentally appropriate 3's and/or 4's curriculum as well as being sensitive to individual needs of the group; to establish and maintain regular, ongoing communications with parents; maintaining positive, nurturing attitude towards each individual child; and utmost, ensuring the health and safety of the children in the care of KCAA.  Additional responsibilities include:  implementing creative teaching techniques in guiding children in developing basic skills, a high degree of self-discipline, good physical, social and mental habits; submitting educational supplies and excursion requests needed to maintain class program; accurately and timely completing all necessary records and reports as required; improving teaching methods and professional competency.

Preschool Teacher Functions

    • Curriculum Planning and Implementation
    • Is knowledgeable of Diane Trister Dodge's "Creative Curriculum" and successfully demonstrates implementation of her concepts in the curriculum design of the class program;  implements the Creative Curriculum assessment cycle, including meeting the deadlines for the Fall and Spring checkpoints. Pre-K teachers are also responsible for being knowledgeable of the Scholastic Pre-K Curriculum and successfully demonstrating implementation of the concepts in the curriculum design of the class program.
    • Develops goals and objectives for 3 and 4 year-olds based upon an educated understanding of children's skills/abilities in the social, emotional, physical, aesthetic and cognitive develop-mental stages and health/safety considerations.
    • Uses goals and objectives as the framework to developing a daily, weekly, monthly activity schedule and routines.
    • Ensures that the day's activities are prepared prior to children's arrival.
    • Presents a program that enhances children's imagination and creativity.
    • Plans and implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum which is age and individual appropriate in the areas of: self-help skills, sensory (sand/water, etc.), cognitive, open-ended questions, fine motor, language, blocks, toys and games, gross motor, music/movement, cooking, dramatic play, work jobs, library, art
    • discovery, computers (if available), outdoors
    • Pre-K teachers are responsible for providing appropriate areas for the implementation of the Scholastic curriculum including:  writing, math, and science.

    • Creates Supportive Learning Environment
    • Greets children and their parents warmly and enthusiastically upon arrival and at departure.
    • Projects a positive, loving, nurturing attitude towards each individual child by:
    • Providing nurturance and stimulation.
    • Modeling respect for children and responding to their needs in caring ways.
    • Supporting toileting skills through positive reinforcements.
    • Helping children to feel secure with teacher and the environment.
    • Encouraging children to problem-solve their own problems.
    • Interacting closely and lovingly with children.
    • Utilizing positive guidance techniques to manage child behavior.
    • Plans, organizes and maintains a FUN and nurturing, relaxed classroom environment that supports KCAA's philosophy and goals.
    • Maintains a balance of emphasis between the indoor, outdoor, active and passive activities within the classroom.

    • Assesses Student’s Progress
    • Assesses children's progress/growth through regular individual observations and documentation.
    • Adjusts program, as needed; seeking outside professional consultation, as needed.
    • Establishes and maintains regular exchange of information with parents or guardians about their child regarding issues such as the child's health, development or behaviorand progress related to the curriculum in a direct, confidential, professional and prompt manner through at least two scheduled parent-teacher conferences, posted Daily Activity Reports informing families of the day's activities, upcoming events and other miscellaneous information, and/or through short, informal conversations at time of drop-off or pick-ups.
    • Articulates children's progress and/or problems/concerns in a timely manner to the Center Director, administrative directors and/or other school faculty and staff members, as is deemed appropriate, to ensure cooperation, collaboration and assistance in best meeting children's needs.

    • Completes Documentation
    • Accurately maintains and timely submits required paperwork, e.g.:
    • Child's portfolio assessment to include child's work, developmental records, parents' comments, etc.
    • Anecdotal records based on assessment criteria, done on a weekly basis
    • Daily and monthly attendance sheets
    • Accident reports
    • Children of Concern reports, as needed
    • Children's Emergency Cards
    • Daily Activity Reports to parents
    • Weekly Lesson Plan Book
    • Developmental Assessment Reports, e.g. New Child Report, Spring Report
    • New Child form for parents
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    • Ensure Safety and Health of Students
    • Ensures the health and safety of the children through active supervision and interaction with children all day, i.e. indoors/outdoors/off campus on excursions.
    • Is responsible for the overall cleanliness and orderliness of the classroom area.
    • Is alert to physical plant maintenance needs and timely reports in writing repairs needed.
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      Ensure Compliance with School Operating Procedures
    • Participates in the meal service program, as directed by the Center Director, e.g. monitoring children’s participation for USDA meal count logs, modeling polite table manners for children to follow, assisting children in cleaning their spills, etc.
    • Follows DOH and DHS health practices in assisting children with toileting, e.g.:
    • Monitors children's behavior, providing guidance in adopting health practices such as flushing and washing hands with soap after every use
    • Wears disposable gloves provided by KCAA in handling accidents:  bags, securely seals and labels the bag of all soiled clothing for parent(s) to take home at the end of the school day
    • Immediately sanitizes all areas where accidents have occurred
    • Safely disposes all contaminated materials per KCAA prescribed practice
    • Schedules a "bathroom break" for all children every 1 - 2 hour intervals
    • Follows NAEYC guidelines for developmentally appropriate practices for preschoolers.

    • Marginal Functions
    • In the absence of the center director at any given school, may be asked to assume certain based on management needs.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preschool Teacher Requirements

    • A.   Education/Experience Requirements
    • Must have a college degree or certificate from an accredited institution
    • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, or, an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education
    • Minimum of 6 months experience working with young children under the age of 7; or, Child Development Associate certificate with 36 credits in Early Childhood Education and 1 year experience working with young children under the age of 7.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Special Education or related field with a minimum of 12 credits in child development or early childhood education plus a minimum of 6 months experience working with young children under the age of 7 will be considered.
    • B.  Technical Skills Required
    • Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; familiarity with Gmail is beneficial. 
    • Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license with a safe and responsible driving record. 
    • Must successfully pass DHS Criminal History Check and all subsequent annual checks, as required.
    • Must successfully complete KCAA Orientation Program.
    • C.  Interpersonal Skills
    • Must be a mature-minded person who is able to work well with others in a team environment.
    • Very accurate, thorough, flexible.
    • Promotes and maintains excellent relations with both internal and external customers.  Is accurate, thorough and efficient. 
    • Has a positive attitude and flexibility to perform out of the ordinary job tasks. 
    • Demonstrates willingness to problem-solve and establish more efficient and effective work methods.
    • Demonstrates strong organizational, multi-tasking, and research skills with keen attention to detail.  Must be able to prioritize unrelated projects with competing deadlines.
    • Effectively plans, organizes workload, and schedules time to meet workload demands.
    • Works in cooperative and professional manner with all staff.
    • Works willingly with all levels of management.
    • Maintains regular and consistent attendance.  Reports to work on time, maintains a stable work attendance record, and timely and accurately complete employee timesheets.
    • D. Language Skills
    • Must have an effective command of the spoken English language to be able to effectively communicate both internal and external customers
    • Must be able to maintain professional and positive personal and phone contacts projecting professional and positive communications (written and oral) with multi-level personnel within the organization and with the community at large.
    • Must demonstrate the ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions; an ability to write legibly. 
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    • E.  Physical Demands/Work Environment. Must be able to:
    • Lift, push, pull or carry 50 pounds without assistance and/or have the ability to assess the weight in order to ask for necessary assistance or to determine a safer method of moving the load.
    • Have vision correctable to 20/20.
    • Climb, as needed, up to heights no higher than 6 feet off the ground.
    • Move with agility over and under children and objects; to climb, as needed, up to heights no higher than 6 feet off the ground; to get down to child's level by either kneeling, sitting, crouching or stooping. 
    • Tolerate exposure to sunlight over a period of time not exceeding one hour.
    • Have the abilities to prioritize demands, juggle multiple tasks.
    • Work under pressure of meeting multiple demands and deadlines.
    • Work under pressure of meeting multiple attention demands made by children and parents.
    • Tolerate constant noises made by children such as crying, screaming, yelling, laughing.  

Candidates must live on island. Relocation is not provided.

BEFORE you click the blue button above, please follow these steps.
1. CLICK HERE to download the application form
2. Save form to your desktop. At the top left of your screen, choose FILE --> SAVE PAGE AS --> then name and save the document to your computer.
3. Complete the form and be sure to save your changes using the yellow button at the right of the document! SAVE AGAIN!

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