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Director Qualified Preschool Lead Teacher - Northwest Suburbs

Company: YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Location: Crystal Lake
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Job Description:

DescriptionThe YMCA is hiring Director Qualified Lead Preschool Teachers in the northwest suburbs - Sage YMCA (Crystal Lake), Buehler YMCA (Palatine). Looking for full-time teachers, part-time teachers, and a pool of substitute
As a Lead Teacher you are responsible for providing a safe and supportive classroom environment for preschool children ages 3-5 while preparing for kindergarten readiness. Using Creative Curriculum and Illinois Early Learning Standards, the Lead Teacher will write and implement a lesson plan that will support the growth and development in children's physical, emotional, cognitive, and social skills while ensuring developmentally appropriate practices. The Lead Teacher is also responsible for classroom management and supervision of children, learning, assessment and evaluations, as well as following policies set forth by DCFS and YMCA standards and policies, as applicable.
Part-time opportunities available Monday-Friday, Pay starts at $25.00 per hour

Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Promote and model high quality teaching and learning in the classroom that fosters kindergarten readiness.
  • Demonstrate culturally and linguistically appropriate practices that values all children and families and makes them feel welcomed and an essential part of the program
  • Maintain awareness and supervision of children's needs and ensure their physical health and safety, at all times.
  • Communicate and develop effective partnerships with parents and families, encouraging parent involvement.
  • Abide by DCFS and all quality standards for maintaining safe, high quality programming
  • Collaborate regularly with classroom team including: families, volunteers and all staff.
  • Collect and use multiple data sources, both formative and summative, to inform instruction and child centered learning and development.
  • Complete routine professional development annually; utilize continuous quality improvement (CQI); and identify different instructional resources and methods to meet children's varying needs and improve the classroom experience for children and families.
  • Participate and support association/center efforts towards recruitment, enrollment, attendance and retention of families while supporting the YMCA's mission and center operations as needed.

    Lesson Planning and Classroom Management:

    • Develop lesson plans with goals, objectives, activities and outcomes for children that represent the Illinois Early Learning Standards.
    • Implement high quality, developmentally appropriate instructional activities and curriculum approaches (like Creative Curriculum) that facilitate active learning experiences and promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of each child; while ensuring the program follows DCFS, YMCA, ExceleRate Illinois, and NAEYC accreditation standards, if applicable.
    • Research, plan, and implement appropriate studies/projects for an in-depth investigation of a topic over time.
    • Establish and maintain an attractive, clean, safe and engaging classroom environment which includes positive guidance techniques and that encourages children's independence and self-selection of activities.
    • Leverage the physical environment and pedagogical documentation to support teaching and learning practices.
    • Use observational and child data to plan developmentally appropriate and engaging early learning experiences based upon the emergent needs of the child.
    • Documents observations and maintains child portfolios to aid in assessments.


      • Must meet DCFS licensing, and program related accreditation/credentialing requirements; ECE Credential Level 1 or higher preferred.

        • OR

        • 64 semester hours in any discipline with a minimum of 21 hours of college credit in child development, early childhood education or early childhood special education AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

          • Gateways to Opportunity Level I Illinois Director Credential
          • OR 3 semester hours of college credit in administration, leadership or management
          • OR 3 points of credential-approved training in administration, leadership or management.

          • One year experience teaching or equivalent in a preschool classroom strongly preferred.
          • Must provide documentation of Gateways credentialing or apply within 90 days of employment.
          • Knowledge of how to design and implement the Creative Curriculum and other high quality curriculum approaches preferred.
          • Pre-Employment medical screening and TB test per program requirements.
          • Required to be achieved or maintained once in role: Food Handlers Training

            Child Abuse Prevention - Supports the YMCA's commitment to child abuse prevention by:

            Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
            Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
            Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
            Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

            BehaviorsInnovative - Consistently introduces new ideas and demonstrates original thinkingEnthusiastic - Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
            MotivationsFlexibility - Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goalsAbility to Make an Impact - Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organizationSelf-Starter - Inspired to perform without outside helpGrowth Opportunities - Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility

Keywords: YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Crystal Lake , Director Qualified Preschool Lead Teacher - Northwest Suburbs, Executive , Crystal Lake, Illinois

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