Drake University Head Start is seeking a professional candidate for a 9-month full time classroom Teacher in a metro Des Moines location. This individual will ensure the development and implementation of a developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum for all children. A bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education with Early Childhood endorsement, or Early Childhood Special Education is preferred. Current Iowa Teaching License required with Early Childhood or Unified endorsement. A minimum of one year of early childhood experience required. Head Start experience preferred. Current Driver's License and ability to be insured by University's insurance carrier required.
Document and monitor children's progress to evaluate appropriateness of curriculum to meet children's developmental needs.
Conduct instruction by following lesson plan while adapting plan to meet individual developmental level and learning styles. Promote successful classroom performance for each child.
Encourage the child to develop a positive self-concept and support that self-concept with appropriate guidance techniques.
Maintain an organized, clean classroom and present concepts to promote learning through child directed activities.
Participate in meal/snack activities by assisting staff with preparing and serving food, eating with the children, and cleaning up after meals.
Supervise Food Program at center level to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
Create and maintain accurate, confidential reports and records within applicable regulation and performance standards.
Supervise staff in the development and implementation of the curriculum and assessment in a safe, orderly, and quality work environment.
Develop and maintain good communication while respecting confidentiality. Establish rapport and trust with parents, staff, volunteers, and visitors in order to respond to children's needs.
Maintain all files and documentation.
Create a developmentally appropriate environment where children are comfortable enough to verbalize feelings, question, explore, experiment, and problem solve.
Provide assistance to children during bathroom routine by offering guidance and support when needed.
Continue professional growth by attending classes and workshops, reading new materials, and contributing resources to the program.
Ensure the coordination of issues regarding child and family with the appropriate staff member.
More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit community enthusiastic about providing the very best education, challenging assumptions, and welcoming new ideas and people into the fold. Drake University is not only an exceptional institution of higher learning, but also an exceptional place to work, and we are committed to attracting, retaining, and rewarding outstanding people.