SUMMARY: Plans and implements appropriate curriculum and activities designed to promote academic, social, and emotional growth for children with varying needs, successfully communicates with children, parents and colleagues, and demonstrates a professional demeanor as well as an ongoing interest in personal growth and professional development. Works with children from ages 2 through 7.
ESSENTIAL TEACHING DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Plan and implement a music/movement curriculum that develops the children's skills in singing, movement, rhythm, listening, and playing of instruments. Teach elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, tone color, form and style from a variety of different cultures and historical periods. Assess and provide for individual differences among students. Evaluate students' progress within the curriculum both verbally and in writing. Plan and implement performances for the parent body.
Verbally communicate with children in a positive manner. Communicate clearly and honestly with parents, administrators, and colleagues about curriculum, children, and child development issues, both verbally and in writing.
Work collaboratively with the Upper Elementary Music Specialist to create a cohesive music program.
Work collaboratively with the Early Childhood Librarian to create a intra-disciplinary program that develops literacy and musical skills.
Demonstrate professionalism through reliability, punctuality, cooperation, organization, participation in meetings and staff development opportunities, as well as personal appearance and self-care.
Keep current in contemporary pedagogical thinking in early childhood and early music learning by regularly reading professional journals and attendance at professional conferences, workshops and courses.
Supervise and coordinate efforts of assistant teachers, interns, student teachers and others in the classroom.
Provide for the physical safety of children through anticipation and removal of hazards, visual observation of children, and by appropriately responding to injuries as well as unexpected circumstances.
Maintain a high level of technological proficiency and consistently integrate meaningful and appropriate use of technology within the curriculum; maintain and update classroom web page on at least a monthly basis and create and manage student digital portfolios.
Follow guidelines of Emergency Management Plan and take responsibility for students’ safety in an emergency situation or drill.
Model strong collaboration with teaching teams, grade-levels and divisions.
INDIVIDUAL PREREQUISITES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty to the satisfaction of the administration. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
BEHAVIORAL SKILLS: Demonstrates personal integrity, friendliness, patience, fairness, openness, non-defensiveness, sensitivity, flexibility, and enthusiasm.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret written documents, professional literature and material pertinent to elementary education, curriculum and child development. Ability to write reports, academic and developmental evaluations, curricular plans, letters to parents and others. Ability to verbally articulate and present information and respond to children, parents, colleagues, and administrators in the areas of curriculum, instruction and child development. Ability to speak and write from a child-specific perspective.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers, fractions and decimals; create and interpret graphs; compute ratio and percent and use a calculator.
TECHNICAL SKILLS: Ability to use simple tools and machines, such as copiers, laminators, telephones. Ability to use a computer, minimum level requiring word processing programs to write reports, compose letters.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and apply common sense in dealing with everyday and emergency situations. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram and schedule form.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a teacher to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit, climb, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move children of all sizes in the classroom. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a teacher encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment varies from quiet to moderate to noisy.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Valid teacher education and experience, including a minimum of 12 early childhood credits.
About The Center for Early Education
Founded in 1939, The Center for Early Education educates students from Toddler through Grade Six. Our urban West Hollywood campus houses 538 children in instructional building with rooftop playgrounds, unique 'green' planting and underground parking. The Center combines a challenging academic curriculum with a nurturing environment that harkens back to the founders' focus on the inner life of the child. Both the student body and faculty/staff are very diverse with 50% students of color. The Center offers an ample Financial Aid program with inclusion awards but also strives for socioeconomic diversity among its families. Generous donors and a mature advancement program keep tuition below the median of comparable schools in the Los Angeles area. The Center offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits to employees. A long-standing commitment to professional development allows all employees to further their professional and personal growth.