Atlanta Children's Shelter

Preschool Lead Teacher

Reference ID : 68722
Location : Atlanta , GA
Category : Education/Training
Job Type : Full Time




I.         Title:                                 Preschool Lead Teacher


II.       Main Functions:        

The Preschool Lead Teacher will be responsible for the overall safety and care of all the students in the preschool classroom. Maintain health and safety guidelines expected by DECAL/BFTS. The Educator is expected to manage daily and weekly planning of age-appropriate lessons and activities. The educator should ensure that health and safety measures are always met regarding safety, hygiene, nutrition, first-aid care, and social and emotional nurturing of three and four-year-old students. The educator will be responsible for developing weekly lesson plans to introduce young children to new concepts, independence training, learning through play, music and art, literacy, math, and science, and help promote physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development.

ORGANIZATION: The Atlanta Children's Shelter, INC. is a private nonprofit agency that provides childcare and support services to homeless families. The Atlanta Children's Shelter is an equal opportunity employer.


III.      Duties and Responsibilities:

1.)   Develops weekly/monthly lesson plans utilizing the Teaching Strategies curriculum to create age-appropriate experiences for children.

2.)   Participates in staff meetings and training sessions.

3.)   Assists with designing and maintaining an age-appropriate room arrangement to support the goals and varying developmental levels of the children within the classroom.

4.)   Interacts with children to promote play, exploration, and learning.

5.)   Promotes language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music, and movement, as well as facilitates individual and/or group discussions.

6.) Provides adequate supervision and monitors the children by sight and sound using only positive interaction, redirection, and safe play.

7.)   Attends a minimum of ten (10) hours of state-required training, which includes first aid, health and safety, and indoor & outdoor supervision, along with ten (10) hours of ACS-required training in trauma-informed care, customer service, and nurturing and proper care.

8.)   Assesses each student within the first 30 days of school and every six months thereafter using the Brigance screening tool.

9.)    Conducts daily observations and completes checkpoint reports quarterly.

10.)  Facilitates parent-teacher conferences at each checkpoint period and on an as-needed basis.

11.)  Communicates with parents using a variety of mediums (verbally, in writing, electronically, or by phone).

12.)  Works with volunteers and provides adequate instruction and supervision during activities.

13.) Performs other duties as assigned.


IV.      Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, and Abilities

A. Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education / AA Degree or CDA

B.Training and Experience: One to five years preferred work experience in the direct care of children from birth to age eight (8). Awareness of trauma-informed care and social and emotional health of young children. Understanding of NAEYC and Bright From the Start rules and regulations, and standards.

C. Other Qualifications: Excellent organizational and communication skills. Must have a working knowledge of computer skills, basic record keeping, and office procedures. 

D. Exhibits qualities that reflect the Atlanta Children's Shelter mission, goals, and values.

V.       Responsible to Childcare Director

Nice To Haves

  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Experience as a Georgia Pre-K teacher or a Head Start or Early Head Start teacher
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector or with individuals or families facing homelessness


The following paid holidays are observed annually:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

  • One Personal Holiday (after one year of continuous employment)

Paid vacation and sick leave accrues and is available after completion of a 3-month probationary period.

Medical, dental, and other benefits are available after a 90-day probationary period.

Salary : $13.80 to $15/Hr
Minimum Education : Associate
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : 2 Yrs
Location : Atlanta , GA

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