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Teacher, Head Start

Talent at Upbring

This is a Full-time position in Freeport, TX posted September 8, 2021.

The Head Start Teacher is responsible for the planning implementation, and administration of curriculum for 3 to 5-year-old children for the purpose of advancing their physical and cognitive growth and development in accordance with the Minimum Standards for Child Care, the Head Start performance standards, Upbring’s school readiness goals, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.  The Head Start Teacher is also responsible for overseeing and providing developmentally appropriate educational, relational, and social experiences for preschool children to foster growth and development in all developmental domains in a safe and caring environment.

Upbring is classified as an essential business by the state because the services we provide are critical to the wellbeing of thousands of children and families.

Our Upbring staff members are servant-leaders on the pursuit of breaking the cycle of child abuse and empowering others to do the same through example while embodying our core values: We are Warriors.

We are Servants.

We are Family.

We Are Warriors | We Set the Standards for Child Education
Work Standards 
Assess, plan, and implement daily developmental learning models for pre-school aged children that meet individual physical disabilities, learning styles, and pace of learning Create, foster, and maintain a physical environment that is conducive for learning and optimal growth and development; promote social interaction with all children Develop, implement, and assess an individualized learning plan for all children, including those with diagnosed disabilities Maintain classroom discipline using developmentally appropriate techniques Provide and foster a safe and secure environment for children by always supervising children Fulfill role as mandated reporter as stated in Child Abuse and Neglect Policy Ability to follow the OHS CLASS Methodology Attend all professional development Maintain cleanliness of classroom Other duties and special projects as assigned Communication
Plan instructional activities, prepare teaching materials and compile/complete related reports as required, such as, but not limited to classroom activities, individual child observations, daily activity charts, and program records for the purpose of documenting child and family activities as prescribed in the work plan Provide daily or regular communication (written and/or verbal) with parents/guardians regarding their child’s routines, needs, developmental opportunities and daily activity including parent/teacher conferences and home visits Complete and maintain accurate documentation, files, and records as required by the Agency, the Head Start Performance Standards, and any other federal, state, or local regulatory requirements  
We Are Servants | We Help Others
Adaptability
Observe and address challenging behaviors to determine possible cause and implement preventive measures, teach a new behavior, and/or communication, or social skill to minimize or eliminate the behavior Respond appropriately to emergency situations for immediate resolution Teamwork
Work closely with assigned Education Coach, other classroom teachers, and the administrative staff to ensure program operations are supporting and meeting program goals and objectives and learning outcomes Work as part of the team player, exhibit professionalism (commitment, confidence, responsibility, dependability, honesty, ethics, appearance) and a positive attitude with team-mates and supervisor Model and demonstrate a positive attitude and positive working relationships, while maintaining strong ethical boundaries  
We Are Family | We Are Passionate & Compassionate
Building Relationships
Demonstrate cultural awareness in sensitivity in both interactions with children, parent(s)/guardian(s), other staff, and community members and in the selection of materials and delivery of instruction Conduct parent-teacher conferences as needed or requested Conduct home visits as outlined in Head Start Performance Standards Develop and maintain strong working relationships with other classroom teachers, administrative staff, children, and parents to ensure the children are receiving a quality learning experience Actively participate in exhibiting cultural awareness and sensitivity when interacting with children, parent(s)/guardian(s), staff, and the community  
 
Minimum Qualifications
This role may be subject to a summer furlough per Office of Head Start funding.

Information on furlough status will be communicated to impacted staff in the 60 days prior to start of summer.

Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development OR 15 credit hours of equivalent coursework if in different field 1 year of experience as a teacher, teacher assistant, or student teacher (6 months experience teacher, teacher assistant, or student teacher if a current Upbring employee) Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work and interact with diverse groups of people Ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, interact with all levels of management in a clear and concise manner Strong written and verbal communication, including preparation of quality well written documents Ability to prioritize tasks and projects and meet deadlines Strong computer skills, high proficiency with Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, and Outlook)  
Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Development, Early Childhood Education, or a different field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study 3 or more years’ experience in early childhood education Experience with inclusion of children with disabilities Knowledge of infant/toddler health and safety licensing requirements Bilingual (English and Spanish) with the ability to fluently converse and write in Spanish (based on student population and service area), highly preferred CPR/First Aid Certification  
Career Progression
This position is eligible for promotion/transfer.

If an appropriate position is available, the employee must meet minimum qualifications, including the promotion/transfer eligibility guidelines. 
Physical Demands & Work Conditions
This position requires sitting and looking and using a computer for long periods Position may work in a child facility and have limited exposure to children Lift, push, pull or move up to 50 lbs  
The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this position successfully.

While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable.

Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.

Agreement
The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee

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