Assist the Director with overall management of the 2’s & 3’s program at Montclare Children’s School, an early childhood preschool program for children ages two through five. The Assistant Director will supervise and support teacher practice as well as identify and implement needed services for children with developmental needs (i.e. CPSE). S/he will be a member of the Administrative team and support the Director in any aspect of her job that is needed on a daily basis.
Major Job Responsibilities:
Hire, supervise, evaluate, and provide professional development for classroom and specialist teachers.
Organize and manage Team Meetings with Staff, both Head Teacher and Assistant Teacher Meetings.
Act as a liaison between Administration and Teachers.
Read and review weekly lesson plans, oversee curriculum, monitor children’s progress and development.
Meet with teachers and parents to communicate concerns.
Assist families to facilitate services and support for children with special needs.
Coordinate substitute teachers.
Model appropriate teacher practice in the classroom for teachers.
Assist interview process of applicant children.
Consult with Admissions Director and Director in coordinating student classroom placement.
Organize, arrange and develop fieldtrips and “Special” school programing (Theatre Week, Cultures Festival, etc.).
Work with Admin Team to review/update teacher and parent handbook and develop school policies.
Work in tandem with the 4’s Assistant Director to ensure cohesive communications, end-of-year transitions and curriculum development.
Serve as teacher liaison with Director of Admissions and Director of Exmissions for incoming and outgoing school process.
Supervision of the January 2’s and Curious Crocs programs.
Other duties as needed to assist the Director.
Skills and Training Required:
(1) A Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and New York State certification as Early Childhood Education teacher. In addition, experience in curriculum development and staff supervision. Experience as group (head) teacher in a program for children less than six years of age is required.
Additional Essential Qualifications:
The Assistant Director must possess integrity, patience, organizational ability, and have strong interpersonal skills. S/he must be an effective team member and support the School’s overall mission. Experience with CPSE preferred. Must be sensitive to confidential information, and able to effectively interact with students, parents, faculty, and administration. Also have the ability to perform independently and with only minimal daily supervision.
Physical requirement: climbing several flights of stairs during the course of the day.
Availability: Must be available for special evening events several times during the school year.
Must be authorized to work in the United States and successfully complete a fingerprint background check.
Montclare Children’s School provides an enriched early childhood program with the goal of instilling a life-long love of learning. Our curriculum promotes cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth. We believe that optimal learning occurs when children are in a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment. Montclare’s teachers and staff cultivate lasting relationships with ou...r families emphasizing the vital role that community plays in our school and in our children’s lives.
At Montclare, we believe that a teacher-guided, balanced approach establishes an excellent educational foundation, providing the skills children need for Kindergarten and future learning.
Our teachers scaffold opportunities for our students to problem solve, learn conflict resolution and manage frustration and expectations. Learning to transition, follow routines and engage in cooperative play, children build confidence and independence, becoming more willing to take appropriate risks. Our teachers encourage meaningful interactions and friendships, further boosting a child’s secure sense of self.
At Montclare we support the growth of the whole child. Through inquiry, discussion and exploration our program fosters reflective thinking, and increasingly abstract reasoning. Our curriculum promotes logical thinking by introducing skills in context and providing concrete materials. The acquisition of knowledge bolsters self-esteem, and learning with others greatly enhances social intelligence.
Furthermore, both in and out of the classroom, physical development is an integral part of each day including a series of fine-motor activities, sensory and gross–motor play, as well as participation in dance, movement, yoga, PE and gymnastics.