AlphaBEST Education, Inc.
  • Malden, MA, USA
  • Part Time

Do you have a passion for learning? Do you desire to make a difference in the life of a child and spark excitement into the learning process? If so, the Preschool Teacher position in the AlphaBEST Education After School Program in Malden, MA is perfect for you! The Preschool Teacher in After School creates a safe and nurturing environment for young children to learn and grow and promotes social, physical, verbal and cognitive development, while inspiring children to be lifelong learners.   

We offer teacher training, competitive salary, and special discounted rates for employee's children. The shifts may vary and are 4 hrs per day, between the hours of 2-6 pm (20 hrs per week).  There are ongoing opportunities to expand responsibilities, as new career paths continue to open for strong contributors who seek to make a difference. 

Key Responsibilities:

CHILD SAFETY AND SUPERVISION

  • Provides constant supervision of children by staying within sight and sound of assigned group. Adheres to policies and procedures in a pro-active manner, making the safety and care of children a primary focus.
  • Follows licensing regulations/standards, such as reporting child incidents and proper health and hygiene procedures.
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
  • Assists in emergency situations such as evacuation procedures and CPR/First Aid.
  • Reports suspected child abuse and neglect in accordance with mandated reporter guidelines.
  • Stays apprised of child-related food allergies, special needs and other medically sensitive conditions.
  • Reports to After School Center Director any concerns regarding child behavior, sickness, health-related observations, accidents or incidents requiring medical attention or matters that should be reported to the parents.
  • Inspects on a daily basis all facilities, equipment, and supplies and makes sure all are accounted for and put away at the end of each day.

PROGRAMMING

  • Plans and facilitates programming to advance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children.
  • Provides a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use, both in learning activities and imaginative play.
  • Teaches children the basic preschool skills such as colors, shapes, numbers and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
  • Works collaboratively with peers, shares program-related information and shares in collective tasks.
  • Encourages creativity and intellectual curiosity by building on the child's interests and talents.
  • Organizes and leads activities designed to promote physical, mental and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling and field trips.
  • Observes and evaluates children's performance, behavior, social development and physical health.
  • Identifies children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discusses them with the After School Center Director.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Provides a caring family-oriented environment where positive staff, child, and parent relationships are fostered.
  • Meets with parents and guardians to discuss their child's progress and needs, determine their priorities for the child, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
  • Presents a friendly, positive, and warm learning environment.
  • Assimilates arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.
  • Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Reads books to the entire class or small groups.
  • Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and clearly communicate those objectives.
  • Maintains a well-organized and clean space conducive to growth and learning.

PROFESSIONALISM

  • Manages, mentors, and coaches Aides by demonstrating expected behaviors, disseminating required knowledge, and assisting with skill development.
  • Sets high standards of performance for self and others; assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks.
  • Responsible for exercising discretion maintaining program and child/family information on a confidential basis .
  • Maintains professional standards with children, parents, and colleagues.
  • Maintains accurate and complete student records as required by laws or company policies.
  • Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of all stakeholders.
  • Conveys information and ideas clearly; possesses effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
  • Respects and honors cultural diversity among children and families.
  • Exhibits a genuine nurturing, caring attitude to all children.
  • Maintains a positive, calm attitude and a soft voice, and encourage this attitude and voice in others.
  • Builds a positive relationship with each participant in the program, and fosters positive connections between participants. Actively engages with children at all times with the goal of fostering the positive development of each child and the group.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

  • Seeks opportunities to learn and grow personally and professionally with a focus on continuous improvement .
  • Attends and maintains the required training hours as mandated by the state licensing agency.
  • Seeks help when needed and responds to requests for help in a supportive manner.
  • Focuses on continuous improvement by taking action to improve existing conditions and processes. Uses appropriate methods to identify opportunities, implement solutions, and measure impact.

QUALIFICATIONS

1. Assistant Teacher. Must be at least 18 years of age or have a high school diploma or equivalent; must work at all times under the direct supervision of at least a teacher qualified staff person. 
 
2. Teacher.
a. Must be at least 21 years of age or have a high school diploma or equivalent and meet one of the following sets of requirements: 
    i. have successfully completed three credits in category Child Growth and Development and have nine         
       months of work experience or one practicum; or
    ii. have a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential; or
    iii. have graduated from a two-year high school vocational program in early childhood education, approved 
        by the Department for both the education and experience requirements and have been evaluated and 
        recommended by the program instructor.
b. The following education may substitute for a portion of the required work experience:  
    i. An Associate's or Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field of study may substitute        for six          
       months of the required experience. 
    ii.A Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field of study may substitute for three months of the required       
       experience. 
To be qualified as a preschool teacher, three months of the required work experience must be in caregiving to preschool age children. 
 
3. Lead Teacher for Preschoolers. Must be at least 21 years of age and meet one of the following sets of requirements for education and experience. At least nine months of work experience or one practicum must be with preschoolers. 
 
a. High School diploma or equivalent; and 12 credits in at least four categories of study except Child Care Administration including three credits in Child Growth and Development, and two credits in Planning Programs, Curriculum or Classroom management; and  36 months of work experience. 
 
b. High School diploma or equivalent; Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in Center Based, Home Visitor, or Family Child Care setting with a preschool endorsement; and 27 months of work experience. 
 
c. Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field of study; and i. 12 credits in at least four categories of study except Child Care Administration including three credits in Child Growth and Development, and two credits in Planning Programs, Curriculum or Classroom management; and ii. 18 months of work experience. 
 
d. Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field of study; and i. 12 credits in at least four categories of study except Child Care Administration including three credits in Child Growth and Development, and two credits in Planning Programs, Curriculum or Classroom management; and ii. 18 months of work experience. 
 
e. Bachelor's or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education or in a related field of study; and i. 12 credits in at least four categories of study except Child Care Administration including three credits in Child Growth and Development, and two credits in Planning Programs, Curriculum or Classroom management; and ii. nine months of work experience. 
 
f. Alternative Early Childhood Training Program; and i. 12 credits in at least four categories of study except Child Care Administration including three credits in Child Growth and Development, and two credits in Planning Programs, Curriculum or Classroom management; and ii. 27 months of work experience. 
 
g. K-3 Teacher of Young Children with Special Needs Certification from the Department of Education. 7.09 Educator Qualifications and Professional Development: continued 

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

AlphaBEST offers a competitive salary based on education and experience. Visit our website at:www.alphabest.org to learn more about AlphaBEST and the exciting leadership opportunity.

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