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Little Sprouts Academy Lead Teacher (Infant and Toddlers) in Glendive, Montana

TITLE: Lead Teacher STATUS: Part-time, Hourly HOURS: Averages 27.5 hours per week WAGE: $11.00 - $12.50 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications LEAVE: Unpaid sick leave and vacation leave are granted at the Executive Director’s discretion SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Receives direction from and reports to the Executive Director, while still maintaining a moderate level of independence in carrying out daily responsibilities and tasks SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Under the guidance of the Executive director, the Lead Teacher may assign tasks and provide oversight to Assistant Teachers and volunteers

Summary of Position: A Little Sprouts Academy (LSA) Lead Teacher is responsible for planning and teaching lessons, communicating with parents, and providing a warm and nurturing environment where children can grow physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. The Lead Teacher is a year-round, part-time, position that averages about 27.5 hours per week. Shift times and lengths may vary; schedule changes will be communicated in advance.

Little Sprouts Academy Mission: Our mission at Little Sprouts Academy is to show the love of Jesus to everyone who enters our center and to provide high quality, play-based education rooted in best practices to meet children’s physical, social, emotional, academic, and spiritual needs. As part of the early childhood education community, The Academy promotes and teaches Christian values through a developmentally-appropriate curriculum, supports parents and children ages 0-5, and fosters a partnership with the greater community.

Little Sprouts Academy Vision: Our vision is to foster a culture in which lives are transformed through the way we educate, nurture, love, and serve by establishing flourishing connections between our staff and families along with the greater Glendive community.

Little Sprouts Academy Values: Our values reflect what is most important to us and are critical in shaping an ideal work culture and learning environment. In all that we do, then, we strive to exhibit the following values:

• Purposeful, integrity-based, service-minded business operations • Loving, nurturing, trustworthy, personal relationships with families and the community • High-quality, play-based, holistic, instructional activities

Little Sprouts Academy Goals: • To provide a safe and stimulating environment that nurtures each child’s natural wonder • To emphasize a biblically-based worldview that includes the importance of fully loving, faithfully serving, and wholeheartedly following Jesus • To facilitate an enjoyable learning experience and model a positive attitude toward school which will allow the children to be rooted in confidence and skill for any future experience • To acknowledge families as the first and most important teachers, while developing a partnership to support them on their journey Minimum Qualifications: • Must be at least 18 years of age, a high school graduate (or have attained a GED); • Must have two years of experience in an early childhood program such as a license or registered childcare facility, or Head Start, plus 32 hours of ECP training; OR level 2 or higher on the ECP Practitioner Registry. • Must have current certification for infant, child, and adult CPR and infant choking response, and standard first aid. CPR certification must be completed in a hands-on setting. • Must have successfully completed required early childhood teacher orientation • Must be able to communicate in a clear and timely manner, with a wide range of people • Must exhibit an awareness of and sensitivity to individual children’s needs • Must be a born-again Christian who professes faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior • Must agree with and be willing to be held accountable to the Academy’s statements of faith and Christian community • Must demonstrate consistent, biblical, love and care for children and their families • PLEASE NOTE: All staff members must meet state immunization requirements for child care center employees, have appropriate background checks, and sign a health attestation

Job Responsibilities: • Plan age-appropriate lessons and activities that align with early indicators of progress • Complete assessments on each student and utilize the assessments to guide instruction • Daily integrate biblical truth into all areas of the classroom and aspects of instruction • Work with the Executive Director to create and follow coordinated schedules • Teach students to take care of the equipment and materials used in the classroom • Attend and actively participate in all scheduled and impromptu staff meetings • Collaborate with other teachers to foster continuity and consistency at LSA • Communicate with parents daily at pick-up or drop-off, through newsletters, etc. • Use discretion in delegating tasks to the assistant teacher in the classroom • Carry out assigned share of daily and weekly housekeeping responsibilities • Without exception, treat each child and their family members with dignity and respect • Use a positive, proactive, consistent approach to classroom management

Continuing Education Requirements: • In order to maintain certification, must complete 16 hours of approved training annually