Children's Center Lead Teacher - LTE Toddler Teacher

UW-Whitewater Children's Center

The University Wisconsin Whitewater Children’s Center announces the opening for a Long Term Lead Teacher for our Toddler classroom opening to begin October 1, 2012.

Responsibilities: Lead teacher for children between the ages of twelve months up through two years of age. The teacher will be responsible for environmental planning and set-up. Supervise, train and evaluate teacher assistants and student teachers. Planning and implementing an open ended child centered curriculum and documenting the learning process of the children.  The teacher will maintain ongoing communication with parents through face to face and written communication in both formal and informal contexts. Maintain state licensing and NAEYC accreditation standards.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in ECE, Child Development, or a closely related field is required.  Experience working with infants and toddlers; experience with play based developmentally appropriate preschool experience using child centered, opened ended curriculum model and experience with the NAEYC accreditation process are all preferred. Experience working with Teaching Strategies GOLD and knowledge of Reggio Inspired Curriculum is also preferred.  This is an LTE position for $15.47 per hour and 40 hours a week.  This position does not include benefits, paid holidays or paid time off.

To apply send cover letter, resume, references and transcripts to:

Holly S. McFaul
UW- Whitewater Children’s Center
800 W. Main Street
Roseman 1006
Whitewater, WI 53190
Or by e-mail to: 

For more information about the center visit the center’s web page at: http://www.uww.edu/childrenscenter/

UW-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women and people of color.


Working Title: Children's Center Lead Teacher

Position Summary: The primary responsibility of the Children’s Center Lead Teacher is to provide care for children in a child-initiated learning environment. This includes providing general supervision and management for a classroom of children and supervision of student employees along with students and visitors in the classroom for observation, research and practicum experiences. Lead Teacher plans and facilitates developmental activities as part of a comprehensive program for children's physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth, so children can reach their highest potential.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

A.Programming Responsibilities
 1.Plan and facilitate a daily program of care and activities for the assigned classroom.
 2.Contribute to the effective operation of the overall childcare program.
 3.Develop and implement daily/weekly activity plans using a Reggio Inspired philosophy.  Responsible for the arrangement of space, setting, and materials in the classroom and with outdoor play equipment, to ensure a safe clean, orderly child centered learning environment, and consistent daily schedule for children's calm, comfortable and successful participation in the program. Individualizes programming according to children's interests and developmental goals.
 4.Knowledge of the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards
 5.Document and assess the children’s individual progress and the progress of the group as a whole using the Teaching Strategies GOLD Online Assessment Tool, Documentation Panels, Individual and Classroom Portfolios, using Authentic Assessment with Photographs, Work Samples Anecdotal Notes.
 6.Hold Formal Family-Teacher Conferences once a semester and provide informal communication opportunities for families. 
 7.Create Weekly Family Newsletters and maintain a Family Resource Board in the classroom.
 8.Establish an Open Door Policy with Families that offers daily verbal and/or written feedback for families on their children’s progress and encourages family participation in the educational process.
 9.Promote a multicultural and anti-bias approach to learning and to the center environment. Show respect for each child’s culture and background and their personal uniqueness.
10.Collaborate with Center Director and University Faculty and staff in the supervision and training of Student Teachers.  Monitor student teachers progress in all areas of their performance.
11.Regularly support and encourage family participation in center activities..
12.Establish and maintain developmentally appropriate, safe and nurturing learning environment according to program educational philosophy.  Oversee housekeeping procedures within the classroom and in common areas as assigned.  Monitor center sanitation procedures and promptly report any maintenance concerns to the Director.

B.Administrative Responsibilities
 1.Maintain regular communication with parents/guardians, teacher assistants, volunteers, student teachers and the Children’s Center Director.
 2.Observe and share information regarding child’s activities and experiences with parent/guardian.
 3.Notify the Director of the Children Center classroom supplies and needs.
 4.Practice emergency evacuation procedures monthly and maintain Fire and Safety checklist.
 5.Assist with record keeping, respond to inquiries directed to the Center, and perform other administrative and programmatic duties as assigned.
 6.Assist in center compliance with all regulatory requirements, including child care licensing requirements, USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program regulations, NAEYC accreditation standards and University policies.
 7.Participate in, and prepare for classroom and center staff meetings, family meetings, family conferences or center promotional activities, and Student Affairs Division events as necessary or assigned.
 8.Arrange for own substitute whenever possible and arrange for Teacher Assistant substitutes when needed.
 9.In collaboration with other Center staff and in accordance with established and agreed upon schedules, provide program lead teacher coverage as needed.

C.Supervisory Responsibilities
 1.Model and supervise for all Teacher Assistants, Student Teachers and volunteers assigned to their classroom, in collaboration with the Director. The Lead Teacher plans for the ongoing development and training of all student employees, volunteers of the Children's Center. (Monitors assisting staff progress in all areas of their progress in all areas of their performance. (Evaluate in writing each semester)
 2.Supervise one to two student teachers each semester.
 3.Assist with evaluation of classroom staff, including Teacher Assistants, Student Teachers and volunteers.
 4.Act as liaison with sponsoring faculty/staff members from the university, student teacher replacement supervisor’s volunteer agencies, job coaches.
 5.Coordinate team-planning meetings as needed.

D.General Responsibilities
 1.Ensure the safety and physical well being of the children.
 2.Coordinate snack-planning, preparation and clean up in accordance with state licensing guidelines.
 3.Provide recommendations and referrals of children with special needs.
 4.Develop and implement parent/guardian volunteer experiences.
 5.Attend parent or childcare committee meetings as needed.
 6.Maintain a professional working atmosphere and confidentiality of information in relation to staff, children and families.
 7.Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of the Children’s Center.
 8.Participate in Division of Student Affairs and University comities and programs when appropriate.

Supervision Received: On-site supervision is received from the Children's Center Director.

Supervision Exercised: The Lead Teacher both models for and supervises all Teacher Assistants, Student Teachers and volunteers assigned to their classroom in collaboration with the Director and participating University Faculty and staff.  The Lead Teacher plans for the ongoing development and training of all student employees, volunteers and student teachers of the Children's Center. Supervises one to two student teachers each semester.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or Elementary Education with teaching experience in an NAEYC accredited  play-based developmentally appropriate preschool program.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with children, family and staff, and to provide leadership within a team-teaching model.  Trained in blood borne pathogens and certified in infant/child CPR.    Meets requirements of Wisconsin Licensing Rules for Group Daycare Centers (HFS 46) for physical exam and criminal background check.  Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

This description attempts to indicate the kinds and levels of responsibilities given this title and shall not be construed as defining all specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position.  It is not intended to limit or modify the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of their employees.  Statements of employee duties are not intended to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of responsibility.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an equal opportunity employer operating under an approved affirmative action plan.  As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.